Project Camaro – Vintage – Part V

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This looks kind of simple, but with just a bit of work with a cutoff tool we shed a few more ounces off of the brake pedal assembly. We also cleaned it and gave it a new coat of paint. The face of the pedal will receive a peel and stick non-slip surface. If you need to know why, just ask Phil, he can tell you the story on that one.

Everything on this car that is removed and then going back is going to get the same type of treatment. No reason to have a shabby looking racecar and it makes it a lot more fun to work on later too.

This week we continued to put parts back in the car, which is obviously a good move on our part. Wouldn’t be much of a racecar without parts now would it?

We began with trying to figure out the installation of the roll-bar assembly and after a lot of measuring and fitting, weld tacking and un-tacking – we still got it slightly wrong. Somehow we managed to get off our marks a bit, but the net effect is that we will still have an effective cage structure to protect our driver. The main hoop and rearward support bars are now welded together along with one mounting plate on the driver’s side of the car. We still need to install the other mounting plates and the bars running to the front, across the back of the hoop and the smaller support bars.  Other items that will be added are the connector for the shoulder harness and the seatback support brace.

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We filled the firewall in with sheetmetal trimmed and welded into place. The rules require that any open holes be covered to keep the possibility of fire from reaching the driver. Over top of the sheetmetal we have our initial coat of filler. This filler is a fiberglass reinforced one that prevents the metal underneath from rusting. If any of you are working on an old car project and replacing sheetmetal, you want to use this type of filler for your first application. This will be ground down smooth and then a coat of liteweight body filler will go on. Once everything is nice and smooth, we shot a coat of primer and paint on the firewall, inner fenderpanels, frame and radiator support area.

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