Well itís been a long time coming. Finally found a 68 and brought her home in September.
1968 Fastback GT J code, 302 4bbl, with factory AC and rear defrost. It has a 9Ē rear end with 3.25 gears and a C4 trans. From the few pros that have seen it, it looks like I found a sound car with little rust. It had a partial restore about 11 years ago. Quarters were replaced and it was repainted. Letís hope when it gets stripped down, the luck continues.
After searching and searching for a reputable body / paint shop, I finally settled on one. The car is scheduled to go in the paint shop early January. So, this is my build thread.
While the body is gone (3 months) I plan on rebuilding the motor, and gathering new parts, T5 trans, etc.
So first things first, I pulled the rims and put the stock old steel rims on. I also made my heated work area. ďSurgery roomĒ. This way Iím not heating the whole garage. Just engine area. Itís already near 0 in my part of The world (Southern Ontario Canada).
Started the year down last night. Got the rad out and electrical. Pulled the AC off to get better access. Boy was that a job. Bolts are under the mounting plate and you basically need a 5 year oldís hands to get in there.
Wiring, distributor and carb all off. I also got the bolts off from the headers to the exhaust
This weekend I will drain the motor and trans. Iím still debating on dropping the trans first rather than pulling all out at once due to limited garage space. I have access to a low profile jack so shouldnít be too bad I hope.
Today I finally started pulling apart the 302. Itís the original Motor, but it looks like itís been bored out to the max. Not sure where Iím gonna go with this now. A crate motor was not in the budget.
Over the last couple days I finally had some time to tear apart the motor completely. The more I got into it the more I realized that the previous rebuild was done pretty well. Everything is very clean, and you can still see the honing marks on the cylinder walls. Aluminum pistons, but I canít determine brand. Doesnít look like any uneven wear on the bearings and thereís absolutely zero sludge anywhere to be found.
Good news so far. I am pretty confident that I should be able to get away with just honing the block again.
The previous owner said that there was a mild cam in it, and once I pulled the cam I determined it was a CWC type. I have to look up all the specs now to see exactly what the duration is and all the other specs. I guess it really doesnít matter since I am likely to go with a comp cam.
Pretty good bones. All in all I'd call that light/minimal rust. Prol just small holes in the cowl at this time but find them for sure. I think Id water it and mark the leaks you find and not depend on a body shop to find them all.