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A full scale WIP 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro

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  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 12:14 PM

May not be a whole lot of progress but you sure as hell have gotten alot done in regards to the project. Awesome!!!! 

 

BTW.....what gears did you go with in the diff? Play or practical? 

                   

 

  • Member since
    August 2016
Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:34 PM

mustang1989

May not be a whole lot of progress but you sure as hell have gotten alot done in regards to the project. Awesome!!!! 

 

BTW.....what gears did you go with in the diff? Play or practical? 

 

Still has the stock gearing which are 3:73's.  Not great for highway travel as the revs are a bit high, but I would much rather take the back roads, they are curvier, lol.

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 4:47 PM

LOL! 3:73's are good fun yet the car can still be driven enjoyably. Do you have an OD or are you running a 1:1 in your final gear? If it weren't for overdrive I'd be running a gear like that. I get to have a little fun with the 3.90's right now but am thinking of going with 4.10's. Makes it real fun down low. 

                   

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Thursday, July 30, 2020 5:56 PM

I hadn't been following this thread, but is this one of those 1:1 scale, mostly metal, super detailed kits that even has working guages and you can make it have actual smoke come out of the tailpipe .  .  . Wow !!!

My first car was a 64-1/2 Ford Mustang convertable, with the venerable 170CI six-banger that was also used in the Falcon. A good little cruiser, but fairly gutless off the line. Interesting aerodynamics too; above 70MPH the front end lightened up, and above 90, in a headwind, the front wheels could get to the point of losing traction / steering. Fun and scary at the same time.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    August 2016
Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:48 PM

No OD.  It's got a Muncie M21 close ratio 4 speed.  My Dad was going to put a 6 speed in it at one point, but never really finished it.  When he decided to give me the car we figured we would have to shorten the driveshaft, and make a few other modifications for it to work.  I prefered to have it the way it was when I was a kid.  It had the 4 spd, so that is what I got and put back in it.  I don't think anything about the car is numbers matching.  I haven't checked the rear end.  It doesn't matter to me anyway.  The car has way more sentimental value that a price tag just can't be put on.  I would never sell my car.  I'll hand her down to my daughter.  If she's ever in one piece again.  

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:35 PM

You'll get th st there.  The"rock crusher" is pretty much indestructible. 3.73's are a good compromise....ok fuel mileage and get up and go.

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:04 PM

Glad to see you're still up and running!  Hope you enjoy that camping trip, though the weather is a bit warm here to really enjoy the outdoors.  Big Smile

As for the body work, maybe you might see if any of the people at the museum might enjoy working on something besides aircraft bodies.  Must be some there with metal work experience that could donate some time to your project.  Never hurt to ask!

Take care!

Gary

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Saturday, August 1, 2020 12:12 PM

For nostalgia's sake the 4 speed is the way to go. I've had alot of fun with manual transmission classic cars. I had two '67 Mustangs that had the same 351W from a 69 Mach 1 car from one car the next after someone pulled out in front of me with the first one. I did alot of work to the engine but backed it up with a Top Loader 4 speed. Fun cars with that engine in there. Had some 3.55's out back and it was the perfect gear. A fifth gear would've made things alot more enjoyable on the highway but in the later stages of me owning the last car I never went anywhere out of town in it so it worked out perfect. 

Looking back I wished I would've kept the car for the same reasons you have for passing it down. I guess that's the way the cookie crumbled though.

                   

 

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