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    79 white Camaro z28

    It looks like we are all going to have time on our hands, (Cov 19) which will give me plenty of time to fit my full carpet, but before that lets start from the beginning.
    In a nutshell I am happy with my first American car, whilst viewing I noticed a few things that were in need of fixing or altering, the interior was a thousand different shades of brown, which at the time I thought "oh well at least its not red" but now I think its just as bad.

    The very first thing I did was to remove the stripes that ran down onto the rear bumper.



    before above, and after below.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    Now the sharp eyed ones of you, will now be saying what the hell is going on with those rear lights, the truth is "I have know idea"

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    so they became job number two, a friend who had followed me, had commented on how dim the lights were, which soon became apparent once I pulled them apart, below is what was the reflective surface.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    but were quickly turned into this

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    and put back onto the car with new lenses.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    Still not quite happy with the way the stripes seem to run, when you approach from different angles, it was time for the spoiler bits to be removed, I now think this looks a lot cleaner.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    stay tuned loads more to come !
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    Liking what you have done already, definitely smartened things up

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    Wife always wanted a Camaro. Think she be be OK with yours.

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    time to turn my attention to the interior, a good vacuum and a rub around with a damp cloth, this is when I came to the conclusion that the previous owner must have been a carpenter, as everything is held together by wood screws.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    even if some had fancy washer around them, he still managed to over tighten them and crack the plastic.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    whilst trying to clean the auto shifter it became apparent the dirt and grime had found its way below the glass, so the unit was removed.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    pulled apart and refreshed.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    and repaired the surround.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    this is a lot more tactile than it was before.

    "i'll be back" with more

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    Excellent, just keep going one thing at a time and before you know it will be just as you want it.

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    did I mention that the interior is made up of around "50 shades of tan" the more you look the more things you notice.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    such as too many after market gadgets, screwed into things that shouldn't be screwed into, and my favourite bodge/repair why not put a replacement Rev counter with a shift light (this car is an auto) into the broken original, then drill/screw two hole into the dash, and if the new unit taps against the old one, fill the back with black silicone

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    out of the six dash clocks, only two worked the fuel and speedo, even then the needle is snapped so read wrong, the amps and temp had been replaced by installing a set of 3 into the centre consul.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr
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    Now I have to agree, the rev counter into rev counter is a bodge too far

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    time to tone down the brown/tan/beige, the A pillar cappings had some stains which would not wash off, these got removed along with all the trim strips that meet the roof liner, I found a nice wood screw had been used to replace a broken clip.
    trim got a good rub down and sprayed black.
    The tin air vent panel (just in front of windscreen) also got sprayed, leather parts of the dash were dyed black.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    new steering wheel, resting in place.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    centre consul was removed, striped of its fire extinguisher, holes filled, a few internal cracks were reinforced.

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr

    found some money

    FDV 315T by shagracer, on Flickr

    cleaned, dyed and polished

    Z28 by shagracer, on Flickr
    Last edited by camaroSid; 31-03-20 at 10:13 AM.

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    Looks a LOT better in black. Mountain of refinishing to do.... crack on.

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