has definitely been a while between drinks, but the
Camaro came back to us some time back for getting
that big coupe body ironed out for its new colour
a new beaver panel and quarter panels were grafted
on, Ken at Cobracraft finished off the boot area and
lower floor pans with a structural bracing kit to
absorb the massive twist from the big blown 540 Merlin
engine. These areas will be blacked out and stone
guarded, as this car will see the streets quite often
around Sydney. The emphasis is on cruising with attitude.
huge task we accomplished recently was trimming the
bonnet for the blower to peek its head through. This
also required Adam to painfully stitch together a
tube bar frame support around the hole to strengthen
this area. Now that a majority of the bonnet is in
the bin this was a necessity and turned out nice and
some pin holing of the floor pans was present, so
Adam fired up his plasma-cutter and sent the offending
areas to the rubbish bin. They look OEM in appearance
and will be treated to a rust protection coating and
sealed with a heat insulation used worldwide known
as DYNAMAT. Benefits of this aluminium flexible medium
is heat absorption, sound deadening and a cool look
as well. Noise is also kept to a minimum.
body received 4 coats of epoxy primer which was sanded
off mostly, leaving a thin layer behind. Small imperfections
were addressed and the car was rolled into the oven
once more and 4 coats of grey tinted hi-fill was applied.
spent some time lining up these large panels as best
to his ability, so all body style lines turn out nice
and bold. The bonnet was paint stripped today, and
that will also be epoxy/hifill primed also. These
layers are crucial to the camaro, as the body must
turn out better than new condition.
the photos entail Jim has selected a nice clean shade
of silver known as Titanium silver from the BMW colour
charts. After the paint has been laid down, the coupe
will receive the factory satin black skunk stripes
down the centre.
stripes are now supplied in decal form and can be
applied and sprayed immediately, eliminating timely
measuring and guess work. Plus they will really contrast
on the sparkling new silver paint.
finishing touches visually will be a custom made stainless
steel dual exhaust system, MASSIVE rear 22 inch rear
wheels, and 20 inch fronts brings this 68 model into
the new millennium. It will be best of old school
meets the new era school = cool in my opinion. She
will definitely be show with go. Injected blown has
been given the nod.
must get a plug here for all his hard work to date,
and Ken from Cobracraft for virtually re-designing
the whole rear of the car around the massive rims.
Also Jimmys crew for all the hours spent on engine
dummying for bonnet clearances and other major areas
underneath which wont be seen. Rome wasnít built in
a day, and we certainly will endeavor to give Jimmy
back his coupe just in time for Christmas.
More to come Nick.