Have not posted much related to the Camaro lately. 2021 is dedicated to the suspension (including 12-bolt). The supplies are starting to trickle in:
engine mounts and misc screws for the misc parts in pic #2 New cross shaft for the 12-bolt rebuild – American Express had a deal with Summit Racing where if you spend $50 you get $10 back. I couldn’t pass up:
I discovered another Tenzo-R-Turismo steering wheel and bought it (on left). I like it better than the first one I bought (on right).
Been busy swapping the mower deck back on the riding mower after taking the snow blower off. Going to have a few weeks of furlough this year, so coming up with a to-do list for the Camaro to see what I can work on. First will be some yard work around Memorial Day and then more time starting July for the Camaro.
So I came across a reconditioned AC and Heater box from The Part Guy: thepartguy.com and got a good deal. I have enough parts, but they would have to be mailed off and then reconditioned, so I ended up getting the pair since they were available and ready to go – along with a deal for buying both at the same time!
The problem is – I don’t know where I have room to store these until I mount them… But since the firewall is painted, there is no reason why I can’t go ahead and mount them! I need to order the proper screws\bolts and the sealant used for these and then get them mounted to the firewall! Give me a few weeks and I should be able to post an update and pics!
Broke down the rotisserie and set up the sub-frame over the last week or so. Next steps will be to rebuild the 12-bolt and work on the suspension:
Unhooked from shell – shell on jack stands: Tight fit in rear: Most of rotisserie removed without knocking the shell off of the jack stands – just need to break down the portion in back: Success!: Now to work on either storing it or deciding to sell it:Much more room without the rotisserie! 4 new jack stands for the subframe: Rotisserie? What rotisserie? Small pile of junk to throw out:I can still use the ladder to access the 2nd floor where parts are stored: Garage is now ready to dive into suspension (it is better organized now than what is in final pic)… I can get the S10 back in the garage now and just have some dusting and vacuuming to do before winter hits!
Undercoating is done! Using u-pol Raptor Bedliner. Day one: Taping and plugging holes: I needed to protect part of the rear frame rails for when I install the sub-frame connectors. There there were various screw holes where I either used cotton balls or ear plugs (for shooting). Then I used plastic painters drop cloths to protect the rest of the shell and I covered the floor and tools to protect from over spray. The stars finally aligned and no more excuses to delay any further… The lighting isn’t the best and I will try to get better pics in a week once it is completely dried. There are a couple of small things I want to do while it is still on the rotisserie, but be winter it will no longer be on the rotisserie! Loki – my Norwegian Elkhound enjoyed the day supervising.
I sprayed two coats with an hour between. Temp was about 70 and 60% humidity. I had a couple of fans going and the garage door open a jar for good air flow. I had 8 bottles and ended up using 5. I would do about half and start the other with a new bottle rather than go until the bottle is out. Less than an hour to spray, an hour flash and then less than an hour to spray second coat. I then waited an hour or so and removed the plugs and tape along with the plastic. Take your time and make sure you review that you have all plugs out.
Yesterday I was able to practice applying u-pol Raptor bedliner (for undercoating) to a spare piece of sheet metal. Today I masked the shell in preparation which I hope to apply sometime next week (weather permitting)…
Before pic – I had previously sanded, primed, and scuffed: 1st coat at 50 psi: 2nd coat an hour later: Test tape and ear plug (for screw holes) removed after 45 minutes – no problem: Test tape and ear plug removed after 1.5 hours – no problem!: When it came to masking, I started at the front: Then each side of the car: Finally the rear: and wheel wells: I still need to cover the floor and tools and then clean and plug the holes and tape where I don’t want it to be applied. I have no concerns after testing on cardboard and the spare sheet metal – just need to find the time and have the weather cooperate. The temp was around 70-75 at 60% humidity inside the garage when I tested – doesn’t get any better than that!