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Old 10-07-2017, 11:39 PM
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Bump for more.
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Nice job, amfornal
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I just started on one a few weeks ago for my 11 year old son. It will be his first car. 1992 z28 hard top 5.7 car. 223k miles on the clock and it's been beat hard. Rod knock bent suspension and crappy wheels. But 400 bucks and the color had me at hello lol. The car is straight and never wrecked. Just needs everything. So we have 5 years to bring him back.
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Currently my car is at the painters doing a full resto with GM only parts. Its teal also
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That's awesome tealman92! Both of them.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:17 AM
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Currently my car is at the painters doing a full resto with GM only parts. Its teal also

I think you'd better start your own build thread on this!

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:04 PM
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Nice projects...

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Old 10-26-2017, 02:39 PM
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how I found her.


finished (almost)

found this through a friend, lady who owned it since 1986 - been to Florida, overseas (Dubai) and back to Texas where the engine gave way about 4 years ago and sat in a driveway untouched. All original interior, Ive redone engine, trans, paint, brakes, decals, emblems...you name it. Great project with a great friend, was a very interesting year but I couldn't NOT try to revive her.
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Old 10-26-2017, 04:12 PM
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This thread is awesome,love stories from the grave!
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:04 PM
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Great Thread
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Old 10-28-2017, 06:27 PM
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I guess mine qualifies.

Been writing about it for a spell now: https://www.thirdgen.org/forums/hist...wner-88-a.html
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:37 AM
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Re: Cars SAVED from the GRAVE -- share your story!

Bought my car about 4 years ago. It was a 2.8 auto car, I bought it because the body was straight, mostly rust free, and it was way cheaper and in better physical condition than what Z28's and Iroc's were selling for. After driving it for about a month the 2.8 threw a rod. After sitting for a while I built my first motor, a 350 small block and tossed it in. Unfortunately I cheaped out and didn't have the cylinders professionally honed so the rings didn't seal and she blew smoke like a mf.

After sitting again with a blown motor, I finally started putting together parts for an ls swap little by little, dropped in a 5.3, and the rest is history.








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I think I may have saved mine. It had good paint (with four major/medium blemishes) and the interior was very good but the kid didn't know how to work on cars so it sat mostly for two years. Not counting the kid, it was a two owner car with 117,000 miles and not messed with. His boss had given it to him in lieu of some payment. Some/little maintenance done throughout the years. Top was broken, HVAC didn't work, brakes pulled, everything was off. Replaced everything but the big pieces on powertrain. Everything on suspension.
Hatch pulldown, tonneau, tach, everything. And I'm still not close to done. Paint/dents need to be fixed, doors, driver's seat broken, steering play... ugh. I can't believe I drove it from Fresno to LA in February and made it.




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Pretty quiet so far this year.
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Old 06-07-2018, 08:22 PM
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Well, as it turns out just last week...







As it turns out, I was shopping for a "parts" car and came across this 82 Berlinetta Sport Coupe. My guess is that it would have had a date with the crusher had I not hauled it home for the princely sum of $750 CDN (or $577 USD). I wasn't expecting much but when I had it up on the car dolly, a closer look showed an underside that is possibly the cleanest/most rust free that I've come across. I thought my Virginia purchased 86 (about 10 years ago) was good but this thing shines in comparison (but I'll admit the inspection has been superficial to this point). Throw in the new tires and the mint Z28 15" rims and it's almost paid for itself.
The LQ1 has been partially disassembled and the transmission is a Metrimatic 3 speed. The interior is all black and looks to be in decent shape. Sadly the dash pad isn't worth much (but I was hoping).
At some point someone attempted a respray with what looks to be a base/clear with only the red base sprayed. (and a very sub-par job of masking!)
A glass Z28 hood too.
Now the hard part.
I've been considering a dedicated track car. My 86 coupe is a great street car and has the potential to knock down 11's if I diverge from the street trim suspension. That's working with an old school Gen 1 355. All the good bits are there. Or do I strip this latest purchase down to nothing and build something truly track orientated?
Anyway, that's my story. Thanks for listening.

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Old 06-08-2018, 02:49 PM
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I'm not 100% sure that I saved mine from death, but it was definitely not going to go anywhere anytime soon. When I bought it from a coworker, it had been sitting in his barn for 6 years rotting away. Tires were rotted and shot. It was coated in bird crap and dirt and barely rolled, all of the hoses need to be replaced, battery long dead, no power even when being jump started, but the underside and frame were solid with some minimal surface rust. The interior had the usual mouse pee smell from sitting, but i've smelled worse. Overall the car looked like it was in good shape and I was looking for a project to work on. And, for $2500, I couldn't pass up an 88 IROC Z28 with a 5.7L TPI engine that was painted in 96 Dodge Viper GTS 10 Blue, which is almost my favorite color.

I got it home and gave it a car wash and the car turned out to be beautiful underneath all of the dirt, minus some clearcoat missing/peeling. I cleaned up the engine bay and replaced the battery, did an oil change, and replaced the air filter. I tried to start the car and it turned over real easily but wouldn't start. Which leads me to it's current state of having the gar tank, fuel pump, fuel sending unit, all fuel lines, all brake lines and calipers, and the oil cooler lines are being replaced. I would have done that but I don't have any way to lift the car up well enough to do all of it. I've got some suspension and steering left to do and the full exhaust to get it street legal again.

I haven't quite figured out how to add pictures, but here's a link to my pictures of it starting from where I found the car in the barn, to just after the car wash the day after I got it home. https://www.thirdgen.org/g/album/8518922
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:54 PM
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Well IMO if the car doesn't run do to a blown engine and is put away in a barn, garage or left to rot and someone cares to bring it back to life, then it's a save from the grave. Mine I found in a garage stored under stuff for 10 years because of a cracked block. Motor was toast! Got it for $1500 can.








Body and interior in great shape but mechanically destroyed. Everything mechanical needed to be replaced. But now finished and born again.











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just got me an 87 iroc z this is my very first car..... that i will be restoring for probably a year cause i dont have the money but the drivers floor pan and rear trunk area are rusted through and i wanted to know if yall had any idea besides me cutting out the parts of my other 87 parts camaro???? plz help

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Old 06-11-2018, 10:19 AM
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Welcome aboard 87TCamaro.


New metal is probably the best option. We have a section with parts for sale, and cars being parted. Might be able to find what you need there.


Looking forward to following your progress.
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where is the parts list your talking about.....i also need a z28 hood with the louvers cause my hood is to far gone i think and id much rather just get another one thats not rusted
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just finished taking off 4 inch exhaust that some retard put on my iroc
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84 v8 berlinetta. Cleaned up every digital connection. New suspension, brake system, tires, tune up, etc.

And body work too. It won't let me upload a pic
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Old 08-05-2018, 07:08 PM
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I got my the morning before the tow truck came to junk it mine is rust free ish has no trans but a good car
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just got me an 87 iroc z this is my very first car..... that i will be restoring for probably a year cause i dont have the money but the drivers floor pan and rear trunk area are rusted through and i wanted to know if yall had any idea besides me cutting out the parts of my other 87 parts camaro???? plz help
You need to start your own thread with questions to keep from railroading or cluttering up this thread.
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Old 08-06-2018, 02:49 PM
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Start (front)
Start (rear)
Done (except it's always something)
Here's mine: Six coats of paint to cover red. No yellow camaro's in 1991 (model change at factory for 4th gens), so '91 yellow for Corvette was used. Won a state prize for best body work.

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My son had a small accident with my 92 RS back in 2015. Almost let it go to the insurance company but it still ran after removing some bent stuff.

I had to remove the radiator support and a part of the upper frame on the drivers side. The lower frame was not hurt.



My son (who wrecked it) welded on the new support and part of the upper frame.




Long story short, I only needs paint now, I plan on a new engine sometime soon too.



It has never been in a shop since the accident. I did all the body work and repairs.
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Ouch! Looks dramatic all crunched up like that. Glad you're getting it back together!
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