We started ordering parts and they started coming in. In the meantime, the car went from partial shell to complete shell. Nearly everything was taken off of the car. The engine bay was completely cleared, cleaned and repainted. Inside, the car was stripped of seats, carpet and other trim pieces. Dynamat was stuck to the floor to help keep the passenger compartment quiet and cooler. A new dashpad was added since the old one had cracked (very common on 82-92 Camaros.) Out back, the rear-end was taken out along with the gas tank.
With the transmission (Tremec TKO 600) now purchased and our original engine-transmission swap out the door we began looking for other options for engines. Just about everything was now on the table included carburated engines. The engine that offered the most bang/buck was an LS1. After a few weeks of scouring craigslist(s), eBay and other forums, I came across someone in Chicago looking to sell an LS1 from a 2002 Pontiac Firebird.
I’m finally going to take the time to document the build of my ’91 Camaro. It’s going to take some time and will have multiple parts, so hang in there.
Back in February of 2004 my dad bought the car on eBay for $2,225.00. It was a clean 1991 Chevrolet Camaro from New York. It only had 11,000 miles due to a blown engine. The seller’s official story was that a supercharger had been fit to the original TPI 350 for road racing and it didn’t last too long. It didn’t come with an engine or transmission due to this. We had it shipped for approximately $500 (to Butler, WI.)