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Old 10-29-2012, 05:11 PM   #201
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am i losing it or did this change to "MY86Z28buildthread" from "MY86IROCbuildthread" find soemthing in the vin that says its not an iroc? or did you switch cars?
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Vin says it aint a IROC, The big IROC door stickers say that it is. I believe the VIN lol. hence the name change. I dont plan on putting any of the decal's or stripes back on it either. I also ordered emblems to badge it as what it is, a Z-28.

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Well tonight I pulled in the parts car to strip what I needed from it. Tomorrow its going to camaro heaven... Got the weather-stripping channels and drip mouldings, a nice shifter boot, non a/c heater box, speaker mounts(mine were trashed) and a bunch of other misc bits.

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Also measured for a serpentine belt and picked on up, I am going to have to build a brace on the back of the vacuum pump mount as the belt is pulling it out of alignment.

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Well I ordered I whole bunch more parts today, ordered the following
- Lower door weatherstripping
- New door handles
- New hood latch
- Inner and outer wheel bearings and seals
- New front park lights
- New window sweeps
- New silver tri color Z28 badges
- New nose emblem
- Window triangle seals
- Pre bent 1 3/4" main hoop and 25' of 1 3/4 DOM seamless tubing for the roll bar

Also scored a pair of brand new but expired sfi RCI camlock 5pt. harness' for $40!

Stay tuned for more updates as the engine is coming out tonight... I hope
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Vin says it aint a IROC, The big IROC door stickers say that it is. I believe the VIN lol. hence the name change. I dont plan on putting any of the decal's or stripes back on it either. I also ordered emblems to badge it as what it is, a Z-28.
well thats cool too nothing wrong with a z28, i drive mine almost everyday putting some pretty good miles on it too
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I think the only real difference between the IROC and Z28 in 86 was the wonderbar and the 15 inch wheels vs 16 inch wheels.... But I think 86 is one of those weird years where you could get IROC wheels on a plain Z28? I cant remember exactly. And of course the Z28 got the colored ground fx.
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Well this ones getting 16" Iroc double stripes just to confuse everyone.
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Well I picked up another peice of the puzzle today...

Moser bolt in 9"
- Moser disc brake kit
- Back brace
- Drain and fill plugs
- 31 spline axles
- 5/8" studs

All brand new and I got it for a steal. Also got a pair of Spohn double adj LCA's and double adj PHB

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Very cool set-up
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Thanks!
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Got another batch of parts in today.

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ooooh weatherstripping, mind if i ask how much that was?
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Like 70$ for the lowers
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that isn't too bad, what brand is it? the piece pictured looks like what i need, my doors leak pretty badly (1st picture)
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Its made by a company called Metro. Its way nice then the soffseal stuff.
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yeah, heard nothing but good things about metro seals, iirc my window triangle seals are metro, they're the only part of the doors not letting water in haha
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Well the engine is ready to come out, drop the trans crossmember, undo the motor mounts and its out. Lots of cleaning to do now before paint.

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and my help for tonight... BUSTER!

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Let the fun begin...! I am ahead still but you might pass me the way you are rolling.
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The plan is for 100% completion by Next April, probably wont happen but it dosnt hurt to dream lol.
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Well, I got the engine out tonight, also hacked out the stock exhuast.

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Also removed the heater bos and found a nasty @$$ mouse nest...

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Buster came by to help again...

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and I got some more parts...

Catch can for Vacuum pump

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New Dorman hood latch

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white lithium grease for the latch, it'll keep it working smooth in any temp for at least 40 years lol
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Looking really good. I noticed a picture of a new fuel line and a mechanical fuel pump, whats your plans for your entire fuel system ?
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No mechanical pump anymore, aeromotive a1000, bypass regulator, -10 feed w/ a -8 return. Stock sumped tank. Overkill on the engine but gives me lots of room to grow.
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New Wheels!!!

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Last night I pulled the 9" apart so I weld on some LCARB's and paint the housing and calipers gloss black. I have ordered everything I need to put the rear end together including a Moser 31 spline spool, bearing kit, Daytona pinion support, Motive 4.11 gears, Strange nodular case and a forged 1350 yoke.

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Also pulled the pan and timing cover off the engine.... We use Progear timing chais at our shop, however in the past 6 months we have had 3 timing chain failures(the actual chain itself broke...) I had the same style of timing chain on my engine and dont want to take the risk on having mine break. It is getting replaced by a Cloyes 9-3600TX9.

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Looks great man, your on your way to a showroom quality build One that you can beat on and not worrying about breaking anything.
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Got a bit accomplished this weekend...

Started by getting the engine back together with the new timing chain.
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Timing cover back on
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New ATI balancer (I went to rebuild the old one and found a crack in it...)
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Oil pan back on.
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Also finally made up my mind on the valve springs. These springs are made by PSI and are a LS based spring PN LS1512ML. The Retainers are a titanium Ferrea Super 7, matched with a PPP Titanium keeper.

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Verifying true TDC on the new balancer VIA the valve drop method.
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Figured I would double check my exhaust PTV clearance with the new 1.7 rockers... Still had .175"
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Almost all back together
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Topping it up with some Joe Gibbs XP3(10W30 Synthetic)
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Also started Cleaning up parts from the car.

Heater box with a fresh coat of satin black.
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Box with all the bolts and bits bagged and tagged.
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Also took the time to clean all the pigeon sh*t and overspray off the rear window. It was driving me nuts.
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Anyone reading this? lol. WE got a new toy at work so I have been spending a bunch of times cleaning up parts and organizing them so when the times comes to put the car back together all goes smoothly(LOL) The new toy is a soda blaster BTW, I love it already...

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As you can see it strips all the nasty stuff without altering the factory finish. It works wonder on small bits like this(Looks brand new...)

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As you can see it dosnt leave a textured finish like sand blasting or glass beading.
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Parts have also started to arrive for the 9", got the gears yesterday. Motive 4.11's

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That will be my next investment, we had an old sand blast booth but it was damaged a few years ago and never replaced, makes it so easy to clean op parts. The car is coming along nicely, I actually stopped working on mine to button up 2 other projects
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I know what you mean, between year end and inventory I havnt had the time to do a lot on my car. The next thing on the agenda for the car is finish up the bodywork and paint. I'd like to see color on the car by Christmas because that means I can finally start putting it back together. I also wish more people would start posting in my thread. It seems its the same 2-3 people. Everyone seems more interested in the rattle can/rustoleum paintjob threads lol.
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Yea I hear ya, doing it right is the only way for me, glad to see someone doing a good job on their car. I reaaly do not post as much lately because of time, trying to button up projects by end of year to get my books in order for the end of tax season. I plan to start on my black car after the holiday, and have it on the road by March, thats if no other money projects pop up first lol
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I've been subscribed to your thread since the beginning, I just like watching it progress. Can't wait to see it finished!
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Well I got some more parts in today, I am expecting my custom built radiator sometime this week. Once its here I can build the brackets to mount my flexalite fan.

New competition engineering 90/10 front struts.

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Centerforce throwout bearing and Lokar e brake cable kit

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Strange 31 spline billet steel slip yoke for C6/TKO600 trans (has a 1350 u joint)

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Allstar coolant overflow tank, I plan on mounting this under the battery tray on the passnger side for a nice clean engine compartment.

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All the parts I need to finish the car are now on order. I have seriously punished both my back account and Visa/Mastercard but I am dead set on driving this stupid thing next summer haha. Just a matter of waiting for parts to start showing up.
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I have to keep books on all the builds and match up reciepts, I just started a 70 split bumper and its at 5K and I have not even started on the drive train. Hang in there, I know it gets financially blinding at times; thats why I only foster these cars. I heal them and move them to a new home, I plan to keep the third-gen and eventually get a 4th & 5th to have a complete set in time. Your project is coming along nicely, a really good build, look forward to the next set of car pic's.
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If I had to venture a guess I would say Ive probably got 25k or a bit more into mine.
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Not going to run an electric fan? No battery moved to the trunk? Don't worry I've been reading since the start, I just don't comment a lot. I've got 15K into mine, most of which is drivetrain and paying for an engine to be rebuilt twice. And the engine is not nearly as nice/powerful as yours. And it's still not running... Hopefully by the end of Dec.

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Not going to run an electric fan? No battery moved to the trunk? Don't worry I've been reading since the start, I just don't comment a lot. I've got 15K into mine, most of which is drivetrain and paying for an engine to be rebuilt twice. And the engine is not nearly as nice/powerful as yours. And it's still not running... Hopefully by the end of Dec.

Keep up the good work.
Running a flexalite 180 16" s blade fan, Battery is going to be mounted in the spare tire well
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New custom built Saldana radiator is here! I love dealing witht hese guys, they custom build to whatever dimensions you want and they are cheap! This was 300$ custom built to my dimensions!

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Nice, do you have link to them? there are times we add a super charger or other upgrades and I need a custom application, like on my 91 I would like the top neck on the other side to clear the Paxton unit.
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Well I rolled the car into my buddy Lee's shop tonight so we could let it thaw out over night and get started on the body work. Decided to test fit the radiator, its a tight fit(which I wanted) Just gotta build some brackets for it now...

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I also pulled the remainder of the GFX, door handles, weatherstripping etc...



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So I am seriously thinking about a color change. Black is cool and awesome and whatnot but the upkeep to keep it looking good will be alot of work. Im thinking of going Arctic White, what do you guys think?
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You got my vote. I love white on cars. I bought my first red car when I got my IROC Z its still growing on me.
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This is an awsome project. I love the work on the heads. I am a big vortec head fan. I am experimenting with the World products 235 variants right now.

The body work is looking excellent also. Should be a very solid machine.

Are you still using the cam from the beginning of the post? Just a suggestion but you may want to look at something a little biased towards exhaust flow as the vortec heads come up a little weak in the intake to exhaust flow ratio. I saw earlier were you put the bigger exhaust rockers on. I imagine that will help quite a bit. All in all though I was surprised and impressed with the numbers you pulled on the dyno. It definitely shows your knowledge and attention to detail.
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Thanks. I am excited to see what it will do on the dyno with the new changes.
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man oh man, what i'd give to be able to do this to my car! Hell of a build bro, keep up the good work! im personally painting mine white!
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Thanks! I appreciate the feedback guys!
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Well. Today I sanded... and sanded, Then applied some putty, then sanded some more... The quarter and roof have been blocked out to 240 and 95% of the low spots have been addressed. Im going to give it another coat of quide coat tomorrow then block it out to 320 then 400. Also went and picked up a gallon of Arctic white paint... guess im going white.

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Ignore the potatoe cannon...

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Went over the decklid with a DA and some 240, This piece needs little to no bodywork thankfully.

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Here is a quick shot of my buddy Lee's shop... we work on some pretty cool stuff in there.

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More to come tomorrow!!!
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New strange nodular 9" case is here...

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