Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro RS/SS L78 396

Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro RS/SS L78 396
 

MuscleCar takes on an all-new project: restoring a 1970 Camaro RS and transforming it into a stock-style RS/SS L78 396 called Project Limelight…

Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro L78 396 2
Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro L78 396 2
Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro L78 396
Rebuilding a 1970 Chevy Camaro L78 396

This episode of MuscleCar is an F body extravaganza — we’re kicking off an all-new project with a stock style second-gen Camaro rebuild. The tribute Trans Am shows off its old-school looks
and modern technology, and take a ride in the Camaro that had it all from A to Z…

Parts Used in this Episode:

BF Goodrich: BFGoodrich G-Force KDW 255/35ZR18, 335/30ZR18

Chevrolet Performance: LS7 Complete with Wiring Harness

Detroit Speed & Engineering: Hydroformed Front Frame Rails, Stamped Crossmembers, Tubular Control Arms, Power Rack and Pinion, Shocks and Springs, C6 Steering Knuckles and Splined Sway Bar

Detroit Speed & Engineering: QUADRA Link Four Link Rear Suspension, Coilover Shocks and Springs by Koni, QUADRA Link Rear Housing Brackets Welded to DTS Rear Axle Housing, Subframe Connectors

Drive Train Specialist: Custom 12 Bolt Housing with Eaton Posi, Moser Axles and C-Clip Eliminators

TCI Automotive: 4L60E Super Street Fighter Transmission with LS Bellhousing, 10\ Torque Convertor

YearOne: 18×9 Silver Honeycomb Replica Wheels, 18×11 Silver Honeycomb Replica Wheels

Teardown of a Chevy 396/402 Big Block for a 1970 Camaro RS/SS Rebuild

The team shows you how to repair old sheet metal damage and rust spots. Take a trip to the sandblast shop to find out what Project Limelight looks like in her birthday suit. Tommy cracks open the donor 396 engine and make some unfortunate discoveries.

Suspension Rebuild

The front subframe on our 1970 Camaro is torn apart and rebuilt with upgraded stock parts including a stouter sway bar. The undercarriage is given a makeover, and the rear end is swapped out for a 12-bolt unit complete with heavy-duty springs. Flashback features a 1970 Camaro RS/Z28.

Sleeving a 396 Big Block for a 1970 Camaro

Learn how a block is sleeved when the 396 engine for our 1970 Camaro RS/SS goes to the machine shop. Tommy shows some of the finer points of assembling an engine including file-fitting rings and measuring rod clearance. Rick explains how to convert an auto car to a 4-speed.

Adding Custom Paint and Racing Stripes to a 1970 Camaro RS/SS

The 1970 Camaro RS/SS gets an era-appropriate coat of lime green, living up to the name Project Limelight! Learn how to refurbish an original set of painted steel wheels, including the trim rings. Find out how stripes are added over clear-coat.

Learn how to install wiring and interior parts, including a bow-style headliner, as work continues on the 1970 Camaro. Rick shows how to re-foam and install seat covers on original seat frames.

Stay Tuned…

 
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