In The Family
Brian Miller wrote to us with the story of his and his dad's project Z28. "When I was younger, my dad would always refer to his '80 Z with a smile on his face. He would tell my little brother and I how much he loved that car and the adventures he and my uncle had in it. From time to time, he would even break out the old photo album and show us the few pictures he had of it from his wedding night. He eventually had to part with it when I was born because it wasn't the best family vehicle." Brian swore to himself he would buy a car just like his dad's as soon as he could and surprise him with it. That day came when he spotted a primered '80 Camaro for sale. Brian brought it home while his dad was out of town and immediately painted it the dark brown metallic his dad's car was. When it was back together a couple days later, he parked it backward in his dad's driveway awaiting his return home. When his dad saw it for the first time, Brian didn't get the response he was expecting. It took a good five minutes to realize that this car was for him, not just the car of a friend.
The paintjob was a rush to surprise his dad, but the rest they would do together. Brian was gifted a 5.3L LS motor from a Tahoe as payment for some work he did on another car. The father-and-son team cleaned and rebuilt the new-age small-block with some aftermarket parts to spice things up. With the engine out, they cut and smoothed the firewall and painted it to match the car.
Next on the list is to give the interior the overhaul the body and engine have gotten. To make the car more fun to drive in the hot Arizona sun, they decided that installing a Vintage Air A/C system was a must. The biggest task will be swapping the late second-gen dash for an earlier model and fitting that with Auto Meter gauges.
By The Numbers