View Full Version : My 1995 Z28 project with pictures

04-26-2012, 04:23 PM
I previously had a 1998 Camaro SS but had to sell it back in 2008 because of financial reasons. Really missed that car, so I decided to look for a low priced 4th gen that I could slowly put some money into to end up with a nice cruiser.

I found this 1995 Z28 in January of 2011, it needed a lot of work but it was exactly what I was looking for. I got most everything for the car with it, but the interior was out of it and the motor and trans was out also. The car was an auto but the PO was going to convert it to a manual. He had the T56 and all the necessary components from a donor 1994 TA. Once I got the motor and trans in I had to do some re-pinning on the TA harness to get it to work, thank god for this site, SHBOX.COM and me purchasing a Helm manual for this car! I was shooting for a completion of August of 2011 for our local labor day cruise night and car show, but I didn't make it. So when that goal failed I decided on a color change to SOM. I know it's not a 1995 color, but I just really liked it. Here are some pictures of the progress up to now, which is almost done minus the interior. A few more weeks and it should be on the road. More pictures in my album if anyone is interested in looking.
Pictures as of today
Rims I found locally and refinished

04-26-2012, 04:31 PM
I love that color, just get some new wheels on it and it'll look perfect. The car looks good though.

04-26-2012, 04:33 PM
I've got a set of C5 Z06 wheels I picked up locally that will be going on as soon as the dirty work is done.

04-26-2012, 04:35 PM
Lookin good! Is the motor going to be stock?

04-26-2012, 04:41 PM
The motor is stock now other than being .030 over and I don't intend to take it to the track or anything, but I do like the sound of a mild cam. I may do a cam over this coming winter. I also have a set of lowering springs that I got with the car that I may put on this coming winter also. My intentions are just to have a nice day cruiser with some decent power to have fun with.

04-26-2012, 04:41 PM
Looks good...time to get rid of the salad shooters though! ;)

04-26-2012, 04:51 PM
I love that paint booth! Done the same myself.

04-26-2012, 04:57 PM
The "DIY" paint booth actually worked very well. I used a furnace blower for the exhaust and kept the motor out of the fumes, paint filter material from where I work for the exhaust and the good quality pleated furnace filters for the inlet air. I wet the floor down lightly with a garden sprayer filled with water. I had very little dust in the paint.

04-26-2012, 05:58 PM
how much do plan to drop it

04-26-2012, 06:06 PM
I love that paint booth! Done the same myself.

I help a friend put together a semi/down draft, talk about some assembly required.

Boosted Firehawk
04-26-2012, 06:16 PM
Those wheels are wicked as hell.

04-26-2012, 10:28 PM
The lowering springs I have are 1.5" if I remember correctly. The wheels I have are 17's up front and 18's in the back.

04-26-2012, 11:02 PM
Lookin good, love the paint

04-27-2012, 10:09 AM
Thanks for the complements. I'll try and post up some more pictures after the weekend. I should have the remainder of the exterior done and the wheels on it by then.

04-27-2012, 03:10 PM
Great job!!
Good enough workshop!! homemade is the best!

04-27-2012, 04:37 PM
Really nice transformation. Ditch the flowmaster though.

04-27-2012, 09:12 PM
Really nice transformation. Ditch the flowmaster though.

x2x...and paint those door handles. IMO.

very nice work sir

04-27-2012, 11:39 PM
Thanks guys. I plan on getting rid of the flowmaster exhaust, but it's what came with the car, so that's what I have to start with. As for the door handles, everyone has a different opinion, but I like them black. More pictures coming soon.

04-28-2012, 10:13 AM
How much did that paint job cost?

04-28-2012, 12:13 PM
Absolutely love the color! Great job you have done aswell.......

04-29-2012, 02:53 AM
The paint and clear I bought through a friend of my brothers who's family owns a body shop. It cost me about $550, I probably had another $150 in other materials. I did all the work myself. My brother used to work for a GM body shop so he had all the tools I needed.

04-29-2012, 10:35 PM
Couple pictures of the car with the wheels. Rained almost all day here and didn't get a chance for pictures outside.

05-01-2012, 12:33 PM
Looks really good! Im also a fan of black door handles. Very nice work space you have there!

WS Sick
05-01-2012, 01:42 PM
I love the booth as well, I built one simular, but used 3 box fans for the exhaust on one end and home A/C filters on the other. I bought 3 cheap halogen work lights and mounted them inside.

05-01-2012, 02:29 PM
I love the way you did the paint work. Removing just about every part that creates a seam. Over spraying the jams and edges to make sure you don't get peeling later. Could you tell me how many hours of prep work and paint finishing time you have into it?

05-01-2012, 02:48 PM
AChotrod, thanks for the complements on the car and the garage! I built the garage a few years ago, it's so nice to have a large workspace all to myself. I still have some finishing touches to put on it, but it's working out great!

WS Sick, I used halogen lights also, but put them on the outside shining through the clear plastic, that way there wasn't as much of a explosion risk.

jaycenk, I had so many hours in the paint work spread out over a few months it's hard to keep track. I'm guessing I probably had 90-100 hours in the job.

Thanks again for the complements. I have to get the interior back in the car so I can get it on the road. I'll post more pictures as I go along.

05-01-2012, 02:54 PM
car looks really amazing...just needs some lowering springs ;)

05-01-2012, 03:55 PM
That looks mean as hell in the garage!

05-01-2012, 04:07 PM
Yeah, I know it needs lowered. I knew it as soon as I let it down off the jack putting the front wheels on. I have a new set of lowering springs that the guy I bought the car from gave me. I just need new shocks and an adjustable panhard bar (I think that's all I need). Trying to scrape up the funds for those now. Thanks.

05-01-2012, 04:59 PM
Is that factory SOM or a custom color?

05-01-2012, 05:03 PM
Car looks amazing, good work! I've got mine torn apart right now repairing some rust, then it'll be getting the full treatment as well.

05-01-2012, 11:47 PM
It's factory SOM code WA633H.

05-02-2012, 01:49 AM
that was a good job you did. I want to do mine one day, but I still have to finish the project it is in right now. Car looks great

05-07-2012, 05:09 PM
Looks great. I picked up an SOM 94 Z28 (98-02 SS Clone) a couple months back. I wish it had the LT1 front end like yours. That looks so much better than the catfish front.

05-08-2012, 09:05 AM
Great job! I could use your painting skills!

05-08-2012, 10:49 AM
Love that color and wheel combo. Car is looking good but it looks awkwardly high. Is that the stock suspension setup, it almost looks higher than stock. Once you get it lowered it will be perfect.

05-08-2012, 11:25 AM
Thanks guys for the positive comments. The cars suspension is stock, I think the reason it looks so high is two things. On the front, I jacked up the car and put the new tires/wheels on and the suspension was hanging. When I let it down I haven't moved it for the suspension to settle back into place? If that makes any sense. The other thing is that the rear tires I had (got them for free) are 275/35/18, so for the front if I went with a 245/45/17 that would have been larger diameter than the rear, so I went with a 245/40/17. So the smaller diameter tire probably has something to do with the reason it looks higher also.

05-08-2012, 11:30 AM
I really like it! Nice job

05-08-2012, 12:20 PM
Love the wheels with the paint choice.

Looks great man, keep the pics coming!!

06-10-2012, 01:23 AM
I have about 500 or so miles on it so far. It drives really smooth and only have a few minor issues. Took it to a small car show today with a buddy of mine who has a Corvette. Here are a few pictures from the show.

06-10-2012, 09:35 AM
Looks hot, I always LOVED that color! The gray ZO6's look really good with the color and it would even look more killer of it were lowered!

Boosted Firehawk
06-10-2012, 11:14 AM
looks badass bro. WHere in IL are you located?

what engine mods are currently on that car?

06-11-2012, 10:00 AM
I live in a small town called Streator, about 90 miles SW of Chicago. The engine has no mods at all. It has been rebuilt, .030 over, but otherwise stock.

06-11-2012, 10:05 AM
sick ride bro. big props. where in IL are you?

06-11-2012, 10:52 AM
Looks great man... thats the one color id love to paint mine but i cant imagine how much of a paint it is to do a color change. On a black car i could see it being easier since you dont have to drop the motor to paint the engine bay. Got me thinking though as i would love to do my car in that color. Keep up the good work!

05-31-2013, 04:10 PM
Winter mods finished finally! Swapped the old 3:23 gear out to a 3:42 from a 2001 with only 29K on it. Tubular LCA's, relocation brackets, and adjustable panhard bar. Lowered 1.5". Cleaned and undercoated complete underside. Installed a K&N CAI. Now if it would just stop raining so I could get it out for a spin!

Next mods are to ditch the Flowmaster exhaust for something else and hopefully a cam. Just need to save up some more cash!

One new picture until I get it out of the garage in some sun for a few better shots.

05-31-2013, 04:22 PM
Looks good bro!

05-31-2013, 04:34 PM
Winter mods finished finally! Swapped the old 3:23 gear out to a 3:42 from a 2001 with only 29K on it. Tubular LCA's, relocation brackets, and adjustable panhard bar. Lowered 1.5". Cleaned and undercoated complete underside. Installed a K&N CAI. Now if it would just stop raining so I could get it out for a spin!

Next mods are to ditch the Flowmaster exhaust for something else and hopefully a cam. Just need to save up some more cash!

One new picture until I get it out of the garage in some sun for a few better shots.

Looks good! Progress is an amazing feeling, heh.. especially coming from where you started. I'm in the same boat currently.

05-31-2013, 04:59 PM
I just LOVE that color with gray rims....good job!

06-02-2013, 10:45 AM
Car looks awesome. Very similar to mine except different color body and wheels. Good work!

06-02-2013, 11:43 AM
How did you like the switch to the LCAs and relocation brackets? I've been looking at some of those as well as subframe connectors from Founders performance

06-02-2013, 11:58 AM
nice progress on the build. Curious more about your paint booth you used. How exactly did you use the furnace blower?

06-02-2013, 12:57 PM
car looks awesome!

06-02-2013, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the complements guys.

LT11996 The LCA's and relocation brackets when on the car very smooth. Quality of the parts were very good. I have not driven the car since I installed them because my car is in my new garage that is detached from the house and I don't have a driveway to it. It's been raining here so much the yard is too soft to drive through. Maybe this week we will go long enough without rain that I can get it out.

Merim123, the furnace "squirrel cage" blower has a round hole on each side about 10" in diameter. One end has the shaft coming out with the pully on it, that end I fabricated a cover out of sheet metal and closed off. The other end I fabricated a piece of round duct work about 12" in diameter and 36" long. I ran that into the booth at the rear lower corner and fabricated a box between two of the upright 2x4's and stapled a piece of CPA paint filter material to it that we use at work. Then in the front of the booth up high and on the opposite side of the furnace blower I cut two large openings and installed high quality furnace filters over them to filter the inlet air. At first my inlet air openings were too small and the booth had too much pressure inside. The plastic couldn't take the pressure so I opened up the inlets a bit larger and it worked perfectly. I'll look and see if I took any pictures of the blower setup.

06-03-2013, 12:40 AM
looks good

06-03-2013, 06:35 PM
Car looks great! I think some stainless inserts and tinted lights would help the look

06-05-2013, 01:12 AM
what is wrong with a flowmaster?
is it the new cherry bomb?