Trenton, New Jersey
1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
“"Z" U L8ter”
1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS396
Head to Head
About “"Z" U L8ter”
Believe it or not, this is ANOTHER clearence kit from Michaels! Got it for $6.00! It's the Revell 1/24 3 'n' 1 1979 Z28. Shares the same molds as the 3 'n' 1 Trans Am from Monogram. I liked the Blown 350 ci, but wanted it to be "streetable". T-tops and molding all gold bare metal foil. Enjoy!
About “Rare Beauty”
(Since this is a model car, I will only accept challenges from other models, toys, and "Non-Car" cars!)
The 1970-73 Camaro is one of my all-time favorite car designs, and easily the best looking car ever to carry the Camaro name, at least to me. This is one incredibly rare model that I had wanted to add to my collection for a long time. The opportunity came up about a decade ago when I answered an ad in the local "Penny Pincher" from a guy who was getting out of the hobby and wanted to sell roughly 120 models - semi-built, started, just opened, or unopened in the plastic wrap. He also included various paints, tools, and modeling supplies. All of this for $350 o.b.o. I was the first response he'd had after the ad had been runningfor nearly three months, so he jumped at my lowball offer of $250 cash. This AMT 1970 Camaro SS396 was included in the lot. Since this is such a rare model (It was the only time a 2nd-generation Camaro was kitted with a standard front end, and also the only time with a vinyl top molded in) I figured this would be my only opportunity to build one! It was started, and the body, chassis, and interior were already painted... badly! I dunked the whole lot in my stripping bath for a couple of days and it all came out like new. I decided to build it as a stock appearing car, so I went with the factory optional wheel covers and RWL tires. It was finished in triple black for a "sporty-but-mean" look.
Specs for “"Z" U L8ter”
350 CI, 4 spd Muncie C-4, Firestone drag slicks in back, rear leaf spring lift, 6-71 Weiand blower, 2x850 CFM Holley Carbs, Mallory Ignition and Spark Plug Wires, AM/FM 8-track,
Specs for “Rare Beauty”
AMT 1970 Chevrolet Camaro SS396 Annual Kit
Factory Options for “"Z" U L8ter”
Hurst Hatches (T-tops), front lower spoiler, rear spoiler, Z28 decal package
Factory Options for “Rare Beauty”
SS396 Package: 396 (402 c.i.d.) Engine, Limited Slip Differential, Competition Suspension, SS-specific badging
Full Wheel Covers
G70-14 Raised White Letter Tires
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Mods for “"Z" U L8ter”
350 CI, bored/stroked 30 over, 6-71 Weiand blower, 2X 850 CFM Holley Carbs, Crane Competition Cam, Forged Pistons, Aluminum heads, blueprinted crankshaft, drag duty Clutch, 6inch rear spring lift to clear Firestone drag slicks,
Mods for “Rare Beauty”
I added Bare Metal Foil to all exterior, and some interior, plated trim. Inside, I added the turn signal lever, headlight dimmer switch, full carpeting, sun visors, dome light, rear view mirror, and seat belts. Under the hood I added the spark plug wires, battery cables, and heater hoses.
(For me, this was a pretty basic build!)
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