It’s a little hard to believe that I’ve been working on a project for 21 years… BUT, that’s the reality! I bought this car back in 1996 and actually drove it to college for a little bit. I lost oil-pressure one night while doing some *ahem* spirited driving (which may or may not have involved a Mustang) and trashed the motor that came in the car, and so I decided that it was time to park it and do a full build, rather than try to work on it while I was driving it. The motor got yanked and sold off, and then the car sat for 10 years! Fast forward to 2006 and I was finally in a position to start on the car. The lasted for another year or so until it was parked yet again… fast forward again to today, and I’m FINALLY getting close!
I had been doing blog posts on the progress, but the posts have gotten so infrequent, and I’ve missed so much, that I just don’t feel like going backwards. I’ve included what I did write at the very bottom if you care to read, or you can check out the full build thread over at pro-touring.com for even more pictures and details. For this page, I’ve decided just to do a picture gallery of the build. The first picture to the right is where I started, and the red car has been my inspiration; Mark Stielow’s ‘Red Witch’ Camaro. Below you can see my current progress. Stay tuned!
Project Car Build Archive
As I mentioned above, I’m abandoning doing blog updates on the progress of the car. I’m just not consistent with it enough for it to make sense. However, here are the past posts for reference!
I haven't had too much to report as of late on the car as things are moving at a bit of a snails pace. I do have the car back in my garage and we're at this point waiting on the engine to be done. Once that is finished I'll be...read more
Okay, so I guess it's officially Fall, but I thought I'd recap what all has been going on. Just to make sure everything is going to fit like we want it to, Scotty got everything mocked up, and I have to say, I'm really happy with the fitment of the Holley...read more
It's been a while since I've posted anything... but that's not to say a lot hasn't been going on. Here's where we are so far... The subframe came back out from under the car and it got loaded up on the rotisserie so the subframe connectors and wheel tubs could be put...read more
The day has finally come! My friend Scotty, who has been helping me with the car since the beginning, sent over "Rollback Jack" (you seriously can't make this stuff up) to pick her up earlier this week. Now that enough parts have shown up to get started, we're...read more
Finally got the rest of the parts in. The new Holley oil pan for LS swaps. This thing took FOREVER it seemed like... but I finally got it. And the RND Fabrication radiator. This thing is a work of art! The guy that is helping me with the car is supposed to come pick...read more
So the steady stream of parts has started... which is always excited. I decided to use the Holley LS conversion kit to keep everything nice and clean. After a little back and forth (my headers were damaged in shipping, all is squared away now though) I'm well on my...read more
Whew man... this economy has had me a little nervous about spending money on the car; but I finally found some stuff I've been looking for at a decent price... so I jumped on it. I managed to score an LS6 intake, TB, Fuel Rails, Injectors, and various covers and misc...read more
Well... so it took a little longer than I thought, but here's the pix. I'm geeked.read more
So I talked my nephew into coming over this evening and letting me yank the front wheel off his SS Camaro so I could do some playing around... Herein lies the problem... Without spacers at the current backspacing the wheel hits the UCA pretty quickly when you start to...read more
Well... for whatever reason I've misplaced my tire iron, so I couldn't pull the wheel off , but I did take some more pictures of it. This picture is from inside the car: And this one is from inside the trunk looking at the same tire: The plan is to box all that in on...read more
Alright, well the car has made it home again for a little while so that my bank account can recover but I'm super excited about the progress that has been made so far. Something about seeing this thing actually sitting on those back tires gets me all fired up. Here's...read more
...AND the Quadra-link is making it's way into the car finally! I'm really excited about this one... The guy that's building the car is saying that we should have this done by the end of the week. More pix soon I hope! Danread more
The trunk pan is finally in..read more
I've got some good progress going here lately. I'm hoping that it's going to be a rolling chasis before too long (and before I run out of money)...read more
Finally have an update! After being stuck in sandblaster jail (apparenlty all the guys help quit the day my car was dropped off...) for almost 3 months we've finally got some forward momentum going again. After sand blasting we quickly realized that the floor and...read more
Alrighty, as promised: And of course I had to do this: --Dan Thompsonread more
Well I've got a few updates, I just haven't had time to post anything lately. I'm very excited at this point though because I feel like it's really going somewhere... Here she is all stripped down and ready to go to the shop (with all the goodies packed inside) The...read more
Ah yeah... well I've got a nice big pile of parts sitting around now. The DSE SK2 is in (very cool), as well as the ATS spindles, touring classics front brakes, AND my wheels finally showed up... ... Which are the most exciting part so far (cause you know... you can't...read more
Well, 10 years (almost to the day), two college degrees, a house, and a wife later, and I'm finally starting on my 67 camaro project. Plans are for the full DSE treatment (I just ordered the stage 2 kit for the front this morning) front and rear. Some kind of fuel...read more