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Old 05-10-2017, 01:18 AM
V8 Speed V8 Speed is offline
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I'm loving the attention to detail, skills and patience on this build, can't wait to see it finished.
Thank you sir! We appreciate the kind words!

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Next, the the outside of the decklid and hood were prepared and the backsides masked for color.

More parts were also readied for paint, like the grille surround, rear wing, fender extension, and cowl screen.

Careful masking is done to ensure crisp edges.

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These parts then all received the same color / clear treatment as the body.

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The inner fenders were body worked where needed and recoated in epoxy and then satin black Imron.

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After some cure time, the exterior body panels were wet-sanded to remove any surface texture or possible impurities in the clear. The process starts with 800 grit and goes all the way to 5000 grit before polishing is done.

The body shell was also wet sanded with blocks to flatten the surface.

The decklid was installed in preparation for the stripe layout. The stripes are a standard GM Z/28 stripe, and we used the original GM assembly manual for the layout specs. The only difference will be a red outlining pinstripe around the black main stripes rather than have them all be one color.

We like to use FBS stripe tape for these layouts, as they come in various widths and usages.. Some are more flexible for tight corners, some are more rigid for long, straight lines without “hourglassing” or stretching and creating distorted lines.

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Note that the car must be re-masked for the stripe application process.

The center is painted in black, and then the outermost stripe is painted in “Victory Red”, which matches the Pantone color of the COMP Cams logo.

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After the red had dried, the masking is pulled and the stripes look sweet!

The tail panel was also blacked-out, a nod to the big-block Camaros which had black panels when a big-block engine was installed. This car will have a big-block sized 454-cube V8, although an LS platform.

Soon, the stripes are “buried” in the clear.

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The decklid spoiler was also striped druing this process, and the mounting holes are visible here.

Again, after the stripes and clear are hardened, they are wetsanded flat so that the stripe is not raised above the surface of the car.

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Old 11-10-2017, 01:27 AM
V8 Speed V8 Speed is offline
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The painting is not over yet, as smaller items like the RS headlight frames, the door hinges, hinge springs, trunk latch, and the custom second-generation Camaro “bullet” mirrors and their bases are painted white. Many of these pieces are new reproduction items from YearOne.

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Meanwhile, back in the mechanical department, a nice delivery arrived from Butler LS!

This thing is a monster. Built by Butler LS, it’s an LS style engine, built with nearly all new aftermarket high performance parts. The block is an RHS tall-deck aluminum piece, and with the custom Eagle crank, it’s producing 454 cubic inches.

Of course, it features a COMP cam, lifters, and valvetrain, and is fed by a FAST XFI 2.0 fuel injection system. The intake is a FAST 102 MM billet throttle body bolted to a FAST LSXR composite intake manifold, holding FAST billet fuel rails.

The engine was machined and assembled by the talented crew at Butler LS, using all top-shelf internals and held together by ARP fasteners. They broke in the engine and made some power pulls, and the power maxes out at over 690 HP!

The front drive is from Wegner Motorsport, and also encompasses a Sanden compressor for the Vintage Air A/C system.

The clean coil covers are also Wegner pieces, which feature a billet construction and a clean cover to conceal the ignition coils. Oil is added through an opening under the large flanged hex bolts holding the top cover in place.

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Old 11-10-2017, 11:06 AM
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Sweet ! Nice work.

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Old 13-10-2017, 08:20 AM
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Thought I'd check in on this build again - gorgeous! Loving it.
.. my build upgrade is consuming me
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Old 26-10-2017, 06:06 AM
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Thanks guys!

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The initial test fit of the big 454 LS was a little tight… the oil pan didn’t seem to want to share space with the Heidt’s steering rack, so we had to do a little dance.

It didn’t take too much work, but we had to notch the bottom of the oil pan to clear the rack.

After welding and paint…


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We installed a 10” billet TCI lock-up torque converter

Slipping the 6X 6-Speed manual in place

As Bill Murray said… “It’s in the hole!”

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