16. The stock SS hood is unbolted and carefully placed aside.
17. Meanwhile the finished ZL1 hood was waiting to be plucked and slid onto the Camaro. In painting the insert white, Greg was obviously attempting to mimic the factory white stripe, which he also had painted onto the ZL1 spoiler.
19. Back at Camaro Now headquarters, Greg removed the SS bumper again as well as the bottom radiator shroud. The top piece is a new ZL1 piece, and the bottom is the factory SS. This is one of several support pieces needed to convert the nose. See the parts list for a full rundown.
20. Greg starts assembling the ZL1 bumper by snapping the freshly painted lower grille into the fascia.
21. The fog lights carry over from the SS, though new bezels are needed to retain them in the bumper.
22. This lower light (DRL) as well as the retainer is unique to the ZL1, and they install together.
23. Greg picked up this adapter harness from Gen5DIY that allows the SS to run the ZL1 Daytime Running Lights (DRL). He thinks it might be possible to run a factory ZL1 bumper harness, however, it would require some tweaking to the Body Control Module.
24. Next the Heritage grille is snapped into the fascia. Again, you can use any fifth-gen grille you want–Greg is partial to this one.
25. The trim ring was scavenged from the SS bumper, which has to be riveted into the new one with plastic GM rivets. After installing the Bowtie, the front bumper is complete and ready to install.
26. Greg lifts the bumper into place and slides it onto the front-end.
27. Brake cooling ducts were a must for Greg when doing the conversion, and we are happy to report zero clearance issues–even with the Fastlane air intake.
28. The ZL1 wheel wells are essential to pulling off the conversion, and thankfully they snap into place easily and look very slippery when installed. Notice the port for the brake cooling ducts. We also spotted “Z/28” curiously cast into them.
29. Like the brake cooling ducts, some may not consider the belly pan essential, however, Greg was not the sort to let it go. He wanted all the functional elements that go along with the ZL1 conversion. He later trimmed it to clear the ARH long-tube headers.
30. Again, rockers are not essential to the conversion, but Greg was going all out. Thankfully the installation was quick and painless. The new ones snapped into place in minutes.
31. Perhaps the hardest part was finishing the side stripe, which had been partially deleted in the bumper swap. Our deadline was pretty tight, so we went with the quickest solution. Greg cut this piece of vinyl by hand, and fellow SIM Editor Steve Baur used his surgical precision to install them.
32. All in all, the results were impressive and Greg couldn’t be happier. The paint matched perfectly and really popped in the sunlight. While borrowing several ZL1 elements, he has managed to create something unique that contributes to his overall goal and vision for the build. Now it’s your turn.