I have decided to wait on the sandblasting guy, since he came recommended from the feller over at Mustang Ranch. I quite like the shop over there--I walk past it on my way to/from work just about every day--it seems like there's some new project afoot over there every time I go by. I may have to troll around for a Mustang to accompany this Camaro. It would be cool to have the two competitors side by side. . .
Once sandblasting is done, I will be very close to the first big expenditure, which will be the disk brake conversion and rebuilding the suspension. On the list will be:
- coil springs
- shocks (adjustable)
- front disks/calipers, etc. . .
- tie rod ends
- ball joints (upper/lower on both sides)
- sway bar
- steering box (???)
- poly body bushings
I already have the poly bushings on the existing suspension components, so that will save me a little money. Pretty much every rubber bushing in the car will be replaced with poly.
One thing to note: Chevy, for some ungodly reason, riveted the lower ball joints into the A-arms. I really have a hard time seeing how that could ever have been a good idea from any standpoint. Removing them involves cold-chiseling the rivet heads out. Honestly, did Chev just figure everyone would get tired of banging on a chisel and just buy a whole new A-arm? I really don't get it, because their service technicians would've been just as inconvenienced as anyone else. It's pretty darn stupid.
But then, the list of stupidity from automotive engineers is a long and ugly thing.
Revision: I made a mistake in my rant--the riveted-in ball joints are on the upper A-arms. . .