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Now we’re cooking

IMG_2731Today we buttoned up the dash on the Camaro. The gauges have all been checked and passed. So we went ahead and installed the gauge cluster in the dash for the final time. We also installed the center dash cover as well. Moving along, it wont be long now.

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Bling Bling!

IMG_2721 IMG_2722We are still plugging along on the Camaro. Lots getting done here its just not worthy of pictures. Its hard to take pictures of brake fluid in the lines. But that’s whats been going on. The brakes are done, new calipers, shoes and such. All circuits are tested and working. It wont be long now at all before this one is started for the first time and we wrap things up here.

Fire up the grill

IMG_2657 IMG_2658 IMG_2659 IMG_2660 IMG_2661 IMG_2662 IMG_2663 IMG_2664Most of the day was spent working on the Camaro again today. We are so close to doing an electrical check that I thought we would just keep moving this one along until we get that done. The left head light tried our patients a bit today. It didnt want to fit the hole or line up with the grill too well. So after giving it a stern talking to we worked it all out. We even installed the upper header panel and aligned the hod up today. Once the harness for the hide away headlights comes in, we will have the wiring pretty well buttoned up. Glass and a few other little knick  knacks and this one will be ready for a few final mechanical touches.

Come together..

IMG_2656 IMG_2657 IMG_2658 IMG_2659We put in good time today on the Camaro. The hood is on, lower front valance and turn signals. In putting all this together today we found that the radiator was a just about a 1/4″ too high. The hood was just barely hitting the radiator cap, resulting the hood not fully closing. We got that all straightened out though. We also had to sand blast and paint the turn signal brackets.  Just because they aren’t seen, doesn’t mean we don’t make sure they don’t look good. We have a couple of parts coming in next week so we will be able to button up the front end of this one.

Hide away

IMG_2644 IMG_2645 IMG_2649 IMG_2643Today we put the head light buckets on the Camaro and wired them up. This Camaro has hide away head lights. This means that during the day, or when the lights are off, the bulbs are hidden behind covers that look like the grill. When you turn the lights on, a motor power opens the the doors and the lights come on.  These pictures were taken early in during the install process. We still had to remove the left fender to attach the fender emblems, so they alignment is fine tuned on the left fender in this picture. We did in fact get those emblems on today and the fender back on and the light assembly in and properly aligned. You can see we also installed the bracket that holds all of the relays and the circuit breaker that are used to power the hide away lights. The American Auto wire kit did not come with the extension to power these so I ordered one today. We should have that in next week.

Keep on keeping on

IMG_2619 IMG_2620 IMG_2621We worked on the Camaro some today to keep things moving along. We put the gauges together last week. Today we installed them into the new bezel housing and also installed the new clear lenses. Chris installed the dash pad as well. Late this afternoon, we started putting the inner fender in to check to make sure that the hoses for the A/C system didn’t interfere with it. While we were at it, we also grabbed the right fender and the next thing we knew, the fender was on the car. We have to tidy up a few wires and hoses and we will be ready to install the headlights and grill. 

How cool

IMG_2527 IMG_2528 IMG_2533 IMG_2534Back on the Camaro, we installed the radiator and cooling fans today. Not really all that exciting but we did get them wired up and the relays installed. Just to be sure they will work properly, we also hooked a battery up to them to make sure they were working properly. They were. Thank you, thank you very much!

Getting cooler

IMG_2444 IMG_2443 IMG_2442 IMG_2441The Camaro saw some action today. We plumbed the condenser and ran all the hoses for the A/C and heater on the engine side. We also were able to get the door installed on the driver side and the fender and fender well installed. The fender is on but we will have to fine tune the alignment more tomorrow. Its going to look more and more like a car over the next few days.

Ahhh, Thats cool

IMG_2434 IMG_2433 IMG_2432 IMG_2431 IMG_2430 IMG_2428 IMG_2424 IMG_2423Today we buttoned up the the A/C and almost all of the wiring. The Column is completely bolted in as well as the A/C control panel. All the hose for the vents have also been run.  This only really leaves the dash to hook up and the inside is squared away.

Turning the corner

IMG_2396 IMG_2397 IMG_2398 IMG_2400 IMG_2401 IMG_2402 IMG_2403Today was a good day. We installed the steering column and had some good progress on mounting the Vintage air box. We have to run one more A/C line before we can button that up, but we are pretty close. We also wire the plugs for the gauges, and the turn signal switch. You can see the wiper switch has also been installed. When you get to this stage of the build things appear to slow down. Wiring is a bit time consuming as well as determining the routing of the A/C lines and heater hoses. The only thing you can do is just keep plugging along. Take it one step at a time and don’t rush.

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