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    1977 Camaro 49,000 original miles

    Well I couldn't pass this one up and have had a bunch of 2nd gens but no big bumpers. I just bought a 1977 Camaro 350 4-speed. Car was special ordered with the motor and trans and a posi, sport suspension, spoilers, rally wheels, sport mirrors, tinted glass, bumpers guards and 8 track. Basically a Z28 without the badging or the gauge package.
    Documented 49,000 original miles
    Has the original order sheet, build sheet, dealer paperwork, etc.
    1 repaint by GM in 1980 or so for peeling paint
    Still has the stock y-pipe and catalytic converter!
    I am excited, looking to give her a little love and some sprucing up
    Hopefully it will get here in about a week













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    The body lines and door gaps are really nice, no door sagging and the shut with just barely a push. Bumper and guards are in really good shape and all the glass is super nice
    I think headers, exhaust, front spoiler, seat covers, tighten up the dash, old school style Cragars, replace all the weather strips and install a U14 gauge package will be on the start list. Save up money to put her in paint jail sometime next year
    Nice to have something to work on again!
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    Nice. If you get board come to my place lots to work just no time. I miss playing with my car on the weekend. Still sitting with the motor half installed.

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    Well I feel a little better after tearing into the interior last night besides the fact that even though someone installed a new dash, they did a horrible job of attaching it and the instrument cluster was basically just laying in the dash with all 4 tabs snapped off
    Good news is I think I can have my upholstery buddy can save the front seats



    These are the only separations and the vinyl is still pretty soft so they will go over to the shop on Monday
    I was kind of depressed not to find a build sheet under the passenger seat frame but the tracks are really clean


    No build sheet under or behind the back seat either but I think, not sure, this carpet might be the original, anybody know if this company was the original supplier supplier?
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    This looks like no replacement carpet I have ever seen, all 1 piece, all the jute is there, cutouts are cleanly done and their is extra white padding on the passenger side to block exhaust heat


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    So I spent Saturday night digging around more in the car, never found the build sheet
    Looked everyehere there should be one except for under the gas tank, just no luck so I ordered the invoice and build record through GM Heritage a little bit ago
    I pulled the 8 track out, its junk and a Audiovox unit with some kind of bass booster that was crammed in under the console. Probably going to install a modern unit with Bluetooth and Satellite radio

    Also got a good pic of the engine stamping, this is the motor she was born with!

    She needed new radiator hoses, the upper one was ready to explode and the lower I honestly think was the original since it had tower clamps still on it and pretty much just fell apart when I started to pull it off
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    I pressure washed the engine compartment the best I could just to get the heavy grease and gunk off the motor and surrounding areas, here is before

    Here is after, looks a little better and less dirty to work on


    Installed a new distributor cap and rotor along with a PCV valve. Cap and rotor looked original and the slight stutter went away after swapping them out
    Motor is incredibly quiet, been a while since I have owned a peaceful car, gonna have to fix that soon!
    Good news is the car was Ziebarted, bad news is the car was Ziebarted very fricking well and you can see in the pics the inner fenders and firewall was sprayed heavily with rustproof. This stuff just doesn't blast off with water so if I want to repaint the engine compartment I will probably have to take the front clip off and do some sandblasting on the parts involved. You can see the spray on the inner fenders in this pic, it looks really dirty but this was after I pressure washed it

    The front seats went to the upholstery shop to install new seat bottom covers, the rest all looks good
    I ordered online yesterday touch up paint, front marker chrome, original owners manual, rear package tray kit, rubber bumper kit for all over the car, new coolant overflow jug and a 3 piece front spoiler kit. All that should keep me busy till the seats get back.
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    I got my front seats back from the upholstery shop Friday afternoon, very satisfied with the results. He actually bought a yard of the original seat vinyl and stiched up both seat bottoms. A lot better than a seat cover in a box and they look great!


    How many cars still have the seat belt adjuster still in place? My drivers side one is gone but the passenger side is mint
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    I also received a new mesh style rear package tray from Camaro Central so I took out the original, very faded on top the the jute is in great shape underneath



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