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My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« on: September 25, 2016, 09:30:41 PM »
I've known this guy for going on 30 years, and the whole time his 69 Z/28 has not moved an inch.  He bought it in 1977 only to drag race it.
In 1986 he broke a drive shaft while racing and the car has been parked ever since.  He did some good storage things by putting it up on jackstands,
 backing off the rocker arm nuts so the valve were closed and the pressure off of the springs, and covering the carb.

I've talked to him over the years about selling it and he wouldn't.  In 2012 I made another unsuccessful push to buy it.  But I did take some pictures then.




Fast forward 4 years to 2016 and he asked me if I would like to take another look at the car.  He had a minor stroke a year or so ago and I think he finally realized he was never going to do anything with it.

We got a bunch of the stuff off of the car so for the first time I could actually see the whole car!




Lots of things have been changed on the car in his quest to make it quicker.  It has mono leaf rear springs, a Dana 60 rear end, a BW T10 trans, and the engine is not original.  He also converted it to front DRUM brakes.  :-\   It has been fitted with a fuel cell which required a small hole in the trunk floor, and unfortunately he cut part of the trans tunnel out for easy access.



But I finally have it bought and home!  Almost no rust on the car!  It has been mostly or completely repainted, and the wiper holes, radio antenna hole, front fender Camaro emblem holes have been filled.  I believe it is a factory spoiler car, but during repaint they ran the stripes off the back of the trunk lid (a real pet peeve of mine).  It does show evidence of having a front spoiler at one time.



Lots of work to do, but I'm excited about getting it running.  I want to change the cam, get rid of the Dana 60 (5.86 gear :o), and put a 12 bolt with multi leaf springs in it, and convert back to front disc brakes.  If I can fit a factory shifter to the T10 I guess I have no problem leaving that in for now.  I'm glad he never put a roll cage in it.  It's kind of a time capsule of speed parts back from the day.  I'm not sure I even want to peel the stickers off of it right away.
John

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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 10:11:19 PM »
Cool car. Keep us update on it.
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 10:15:53 PM »
Congratulations! What did it run time wise?
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 10:50:43 PM »
Thanks!  I never thought to ask about the times, but I will.  I'd like to have some time slips if he kept them.
He had all of the engine blueprint papers and cam card, so he may have time slips.

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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 11:15:06 PM »
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2016, 01:07:33 AM »
Awesome! Good for you!
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2016, 02:13:26 AM »
Great find, nice car love  the dated speed parts would make a great day 2 candidate, good luck, Darrell

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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2016, 02:30:43 AM »
Early x code car
1969 Z28, Burgandy, numbers matching, 12,900 miles
1967 Plymouth GTX Hemi, 4 speed, dana
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2016, 02:41:00 AM »
I like it!!  Congrats!
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2016, 03:30:35 AM »
Doesn't get much better than an X33 '72 B' car..   unless it was also 720, but I think this car was too early for the bright houndstooth..  :)
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2016, 03:45:29 AM »
Congrats on the purchase!
Did he save any of the original  parts (like the motor) that he removed?
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2016, 05:27:32 AM »
Or the axle....
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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2016, 01:29:15 PM »
Very cool, congrats!

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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2016, 01:44:12 PM »
Thanks guys!  I'm excited to start working on it.
I have a potential lead on who bought the engine many years ago, but I doubt it will turn into anything after this much time.
Transmission, rear axle, seats, front brakes, are all long gone.  After the trans tunnel is repaired I want to do the interior correctly which was black comfortweave seats.  I think the area where all of the toggle switches are will be covered with the Camaro trim plate and assist handle (I think that's what it's called).  The headliner needs replaced as it looks like it has mildew spots all over it.

Although not correct for this car I think I will have to add the ZL2 hood, as well as the tach and console gauges, which did not come on the car.  Maybe I'll stay period correct and do the 6/7 tach instead of the 6/8.

I'll probably being spending a lot at HBC!

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Re: My 69 Z/28 "building find"!
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2016, 01:50:26 PM »
My son shot a time lapse video of what it took to get the car out of the building and loaded up.

https://youtu.be/ZWiAIoGO2zc

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