Bill's Auto Restoration

Vintage Car and Truck Restoration and Repair Services in St Petersburg, FL

Category: 1971 Chevy Camaro build

Check out our new pages…

You may have noticed that we don’t update our website very often.  It doesn’t mean we’re not working on any new projects.  It’s more a case of working on too many new projects.  We’re a small shop and don’t have the luxury of a dedicated web person.    At our shop the same people who  build the cars are the ones who work on the web site.  We recognize the importance of the web but with limited time, the car restoration come first.

Having said all that,  we had some time over the long weekend to do some updates !

There are 3 new pages of build stories: The 1967 El Camino has been completed, we have an update on that 1971 Camaro from a while back and also a 1969 Camaro project.   We’re currently working on a 1972 Bronco, we’re deep into the 1957 Belair and just received a 1967 Camaro.   More on those projects coming soon……

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/the-67-el-camino-is-on-the-street/

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/what-happened-to-that-71-camaro/

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/steves-1969-camaro/

 

 

’71 Camaro looks like a car again

We’ve been thrashing on Geiger’s 1971 Camaro pretty hard lately and the results are starting to show.  The  420 hp  383 cubic inch stroker motor is alive and well.  We’ve been running it with open headers and it sounds mean.  The car is now sitting on a set of 18″ Foose wheels.   We still don’t have the drive line completed but the new custom shaft will be here soon.  Once we have the clutch hydraulics finished the car will be able to move under its own power.  (No more pushing !!!!)   The new doors and hinges are now installed along with a lot of the front clip.  This car was originally a straight bumper car and we’re converting it to the great looking split bumper design.

It's looking like a Camaro again ! Yes we know the air cleaner is tiny.... It's just temporary.

It’s looking like a Camaro again ! Yes we know the air cleaner is tiny…. It’s just temporary.

This was the engine as we were getting ready to light it off for the first time. We like to do this BEFORE we paint the car.

This was the engine as we were getting ready to light it off for the first time. We like to do this BEFORE we paint the car.

The original spoiler has been repaired and all the new mounting holes drilled.  We plan to smooth the entire spoiler into the body so that it looks like it was part of the underlying sheet metal.  This will give it a nice custom touch.

Here is the original spoiler loosely bolted on. This will all be smoothed in so that it looks like it grew out of the sheet metal.

Here is the original spoiler loosely bolted on. This will all be smoothed in so that it looks like it grew out of the sheet metal.

Another custom touch we’ll be starting soon is the hood.   There are some really cool designs out there for the Gen II but they are all made of fiberglass or carbon fiber.  The Camaro owner wants steel.  So our next adventure will be to replicate one of the cool carbon fiber designs using only steel and the original factory hood.  Stay tuned for some pictures !

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