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    In case anyone was wondering; this thread isn't dead. I just put the car away for the winter.

    If all goes well, I should be working on it again come May or June.

    I miss driving it like crazy. A VW Jetta is great for getting from A to B, but it's not really any fun to hustle around in a spirited fashion like the Camaro.
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    TO DO LIST: 01MAY2017

    *- Change Spark Plugs
    *- Re-wire passenger window controls with Autotrix.net kit
    *- Check for Rear Spring Isolators and install used pair if none are found. (Lol.)
    *- Start changing damaged body panels with new ones.
    *- Check rear differential fluid and replace seal/fluid if necessary. (it was suspiciously grimy under the back of the car.)
    *- Purchase and Install Alpine speakers. (Rear. Fronts already upgraded.)
    *- Procure Sash Track for driver's door and figure out how to install it to fix the window.
    *- Order a few more small replacement part items. (stay tuned for details)

    So by the time May rolls around it'll be time to pull the Camaro back out of storage.

    A lot is happening in my life at the moment including the potential of a big move to an area 5-6 hours away from where I currently live. Which will involve a mortgage, house, etc. Not sure on how much I'll be able to fix on the Camaro this summer but hopefully I'll be able to knock a few items off the list at the very least. Heck, maybe I'll even get a house with a garage!
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    Glad to see you still here, i just came back from a hiatus. Love that you are working on the car and revamping it. Everything looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triple_l82 View Post
    Glad to see you still here, i just came back from a hiatus. Love that you are working on the car and revamping it. Everything looks good.
    Thanks! It's extremely gratifying seeing the car come back to life with new parts and more and more of the previously broken items working again.

    I just took it out of storage today so hopefully I can find some time soon to start knocking items off my list! (with accompanying photos of course)
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    On your sash track. I have some spare doors and possibly that track on the driver door. Get me a photo of what exactly you need and I'll see if I have a spare. I'll send it to you at cost of shipping.

    Find me on Facebook at Larry Cronan jr or DM me here and I'll send ya my number for texting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triple_l82 View Post
    On your sash track. I have some spare doors and possibly that track on the driver door. Get me a photo of what exactly you need and I'll see if I have a spare. I'll send it to you at cost of shipping.

    Find me on Facebook at Larry Cronan jr or DM me here and I'll send ya my number for texting.
    Hey, thanks a lot! I'll try to get a few more photos of the inside components of the door to determine exactly what has broken and needs to be replaced and I'll shoot you a DM once I know for sure.
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    Post #11

    (Where I take the car out of storage.)

    So six months have flown by and life has been busy enough where I haven't missed the Camaro too much. Especially during the frigid winter months and insane storms.

    However, the nice weather was finally arriving and my storage term was up, so I headed over to the old fire hall where it had been left all winter.

    I had my Dad trickle-charge the Optima battery before re-installing it back into the car. It took a few turns of the engine, but once it caught, the car roared to life. It's an awesome feeling when your vehicle sounds and feels like you only put it away the previous weekend.

    I checked the tire pressure, as I had left them over inflated. 3 of the 4 were at 40+psi, close to where I left them. The passenger front, however, was at 29psi. Hmmm. Slow leak, something must be up. I inflated it back to the 32 I normally run (deflated the other 3 to the same psi) and drove it back to my parents'.

    Oh man, it's such a great feeling not having to slow down for corners AT ALL. And the 3.8 still has plenty of punch to haul the car around.

    So just a few minor things to start.

    First off, the tire issue. After a little investigating I found this:

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382013

    (Apologies for the links as opposed to photos. With the move to the new server, there seem to be some IT issues here and there. I'll just post links to the photos for the time being and then edit the posts once the issue is resolved.)

    So yay! Welcome back to the world Camaro. Enjoy your punctured tire.

    As I said, it was a very slow leak (small screw thankfully) so I zipped down to my mechanic and had him plug it for 10 bucks in about 10min. Done and done!

    The second item I took care of while waiting for a buddy of mine to wake up after his night shift so we could hang out.

    There was a loose panel in the rear hatch area of the Camaro that had been bugging me for years. I broke/lost a few of the trim connectors over a decade ago when I used it as a work vehicle.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382014

    I decided I had finally had enough and headed to Canadian Tire. (big hardware store with automotive but no lumber. lol.)

    Taking a the remaining connector with me, I headed into the store to find replacements.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382015

    And find them I did.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382016

    A little different, but they did the job just fine.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382017

    Here's the panel finally secured properly for the first time in ages.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382018

    Aaaaand with everything back in place. One less rattle to worry about. It feels good to finally get to the little things that have needed attention for so long.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382012


    These were pretty small items of course, but any progress is good progress.

    The next update will be a little more dramatic.
    Last edited by Namrepus28; 05-20-2017 at 10:56 AM.
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    Post #12

    (Wherein I do something drastic, and as always with a 21 year old car; break some things in the process)

    As long time readers of FTV6, Fquick, and perhaps this tread may be aware; (there may be as many as 10 of you now) the front end of my Camaro was damaged ages ago by a family member who backed into my innocent car while it sat parked, innocently, on the street. (Looking innocent the entire time.)

    He of course hit the worst spot and damaged my bumper, hood, and front driver's fender all at once.

    While he did pay me for the repairs, I only used a portion of the money to buy parts and the rest ended up going toward unexpected expenses at the time. So I had body parts sitting in various storage areas for the last...9 years? Useful, I know.

    Well, yesterday I had a few hours and thought "Why not engage in something that seems like it'll be quick but will probably take much longer than I think?"

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382020

    Uh oh. Looks like I'm already up to something and finally remembered I should be photographing the progress.

    Oh, I almost forgot, I also took a ball peen hammer to the corner of the hood, and bent it back into shape a little by pulling up on the corner. I didn't get photos of that part. It looks a little less crappy, but the main intent was to make sure it didn't catch on the new body part.

    Ever seen a wheel well without the inner cover? Oh look, my CIA. Lol.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382021

    As you may have guessed, I'm tackling the fender replacement. (Bumper will be a huge PITA, and I need two people for the hood)

    So I'll skip a few steps (all the directions are in the Haynes, Chilton, or GM Shop manuals although my experience differed slightly on which bolts were removed and where) and show you the aftermath.

    BAM!!!

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382028

    There are a lot of key bolts to remove to get to this point. I also broke off a few pieces of the Bumper/Fender bracket as it was completely rusted to hell.

    This thing here:

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382029

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382038

    Should be two bolts coming down from that flat section. Well, not anymore. I've already ordered a replacement for it off of eBay as well as this piece which is sandwiched in there to hold everything together.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382034

    Think it might still be okay? Think again.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382035

    The horror.

    Anyway, I was able to put most of it back together aside from that area.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382039

    The fit and gaps are definitely off. I tried bending a few mounting brackets, and was able to at least get it to the point where the door can open with some very light rubbing of the fender, but I need to take it apart again soon anyway, so I'll make some more adjustments then.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382040

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382019

    It was definitely a little tricky to get the new fender on. I thought I might crack it at one point, but they're not terribly expensive compared to some other body panels if that were to happen.

    Hopefully when I go back to put the new bracket, plate, and some new hardware on, I can make the adjustments I need to make in order to get it to line up a little bit better.

    Of course, I'll leave the final fit and finish to a body shop someday when I take it in for the paint and all the other body related work it needs. For now, the priority is to get the parts ON the car so that when the times comes to transport it to my new home (moving soon) I can just drive it up there with everything already installed instead of carting the gear separately.

    Hope you enjoyed the adventure! If you have any questions about what bolts need to be removed and where, or anything else, feel free to comment or PM me.

    Until the next post!
    Last edited by Namrepus28; 05-24-2017 at 11:03 AM.
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    Looking good man.

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    Keep up the work, it'll be better than new when you're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triple_l82 View Post
    Looking good man.
    Thanks! It's getting there!

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    Keep up the work, it'll be better than new when you're done.

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    Yeah, no kidding. I think I've already replaced a third of this car since I've owned it. Still, it's gratifying to see it come together and have so many lingering issues finally repaired.
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    Post #13

    (Where I knock off two minor fixes.)

    So I've been swamped with work and have been constantly being pulled away from the car to deal with items relating to buying a house and moving in July BUT I did manage to take care of two little things over the last couple of weeks.

    The first one concerned my driver's power window switch bezel. As you all know, GM likes to make things out of plastic and retain them using pressure from things like springy pieces of metal instead of say, oh I don't know, actual proper fasteners like perhaps screws.

    I've replaced broken switches before, but this time the part of the bezel where the metal clip thing slides in broke and it resulted in a "floating" window switch. Kind of terrible looking and makes other people think your car is a junk pile.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382092

    So I spent WAY too much on a brand new GM replacement.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382095

    And away we go. The plugs are easy enough to detatch.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382093

    You can get the switches and mirror control stick out if you use a small "tweaker" AKA a very small flat headed screw driver. It's possible to do it without breaking the bezel if you're replacing only the switches but you have to go easy. In my case I didn't really care, but I don't think I broke it any more than it already was.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382096

    The pieces snap back in very easily so no issues there. Then you have to make sure you have the little metal doodads to push into the sides, as pictured. These are what hold the bezel down after you push it back into the door.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382098

    And the end result! All fixed up! No pieces popping out like a jack in the box anymore.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382099



    Okay, so onto the next item. I'm sure everyone with an LT1 or 3.8L is familiar with the batter connection "box" on the left hand side (facing the car) just above the battery in the engine bay. It's the roached looking pink thing with the big cable running to it in the photo below.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=381441

    So that's a little unsightly right? I mean it's just thin plastic and only lasts so long. Luckily a non-sponsor now makes a reproduction part for $20 US. (PM me if you need the link). So I ordered one in and I have to say it looks much nicer.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382103

    It doesn't come with the nuts btw. I had just picked some up at my local auto parts store and realized that they were the right size for this application as well.

    Naturally doing the simplest thing on a 21 year old car that has seen a few winters turned into a giant mess.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382101

    I sprayed the old nuts with some P.B. Blaster and it worked it's magic...on one of them. The other one said "nah, up yours. Why don't you buy a new Camaro already?" and was a stubborn pain in the butt to get off. But a little time and determination and eventually I shut it's shade throwing mouth.

    Burn in hell.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382102

    The new one went in very easily by comparison.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382104

    That's MUCH better.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382100

    And one more photo of the minor repair all done and looking purdy.

    http://www.fquick.com/garages/viewga...wimg&id=382105

    Up next is more fender re-aligning and connecting action! Oh, and I have a replacement bumper to put on too (which will likely be an enormous hassle). Stay tuned for lots more cursing and photos of broken parts!
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    Post #12-B

    Just a quick pictureless update.

    I took the front fender back off, hammered and bent a couple things, installed the new fender/bumper bracket and plate and properly put everything back together.

    There's still a small bit of door/fender rubbing when I open the door, but it's better than before. Plus the fender is sitting lower than it was and lining up a bit better. The best part is that it's secured properly again and drivable.

    Next up; putting the inner fender well back in (didn't have time today) and then seeing if I can install my SS hood!
    Last edited by Namrepus28; 06-12-2017 at 01:30 PM.
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    Well, I've moved about 5 hrs away and into my first house! It even has a nice little 1 car garage to shelter the Camaro during the cruel Canadian winters.

    This isn't an official update but I put on my fiberglass SS hood! I'll try to get some pics uploaded soon and write up a full post.

    I've been driving the car to work and back (roughly 40ish km or 25 miles each way) and it's been great! The driver's window issue is the biggest annoyance but aside from that the car is running smoothly, handling well, and over all is just a joy to drive.
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