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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at a '68 RS

Hi Everybody. I joined this group in the hope of getting help in making a good decision on buying a nice-looking '68 RS up here in Canada. According to the 3rd owner and what I could glean from the VIN, this car left the factory painted a light turquoise blue/green with a 327, 2-speed powerglide, column shifter. The car was restored and painted Fathom Blue in 2000. New black vinyl roof, Gaps and fit are good. Minor rust on a rear quarter was replaced with welded metal. No body filler on car. Transmission changed to Turbo 350 with floor console. 2500 miles on re-built, original 327, mild cam. stock exhaust manifold, custom dual pipes. original 10-bolt rear end, Tight front-end, re-done suspension, factory a/c (needs replacement) interior re-done, front brakes converted to disc. One hide-away headlight does not completely open.

For some reason photos of the car won't upload. Files may be too large, but the body and paint look very good...not perfect, of course, but still very nice, no obvious issues. Long-distance driver, no problem. The asking price is $35,000.00 Canadian. Does that seem reasonable? Thanks for any questions or comments.
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 05:49 PM
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Being a Canadian car I'd worry about rust issues. It's nice to have a deluxe interior and the walnut steering wheel is a nice addition.

I'm sure the experts will weigh in (and of course want more pictures - maybe put them on Photobucket) but I think the $26,700 USD price seems a little high. You'd really need to inspect completely under the car and the see the usual rust spots.
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Hi Everybody. I joined this group in the hope of getting help in making a good decision on buying a nice-looking '68 RS up here in Canada. According to the 3rd owner and what I could glean from the VIN, this car left the factory painted a light turquoise blue/green with a 327, 2-speed powerglide, column shifter. The car was restored and painted Fathom Blue in 2000. New black vinyl roof, Gaps and fit are good. Minor rust on a rear quarter was replaced with welded metal. No body filler on car. Transmission changed to Turbo 350 with floor console. 2500 miles on re-built, original 327, mild cam. stock exhaust manifold, custom dual pipes. original 10-bolt rear end, Tight front-end, re-done suspension, factory a/c (needs replacement) interior re-done, front brakes converted to disc. One hide-away headlight does not completely open.

For some reason photos of the car won't upload. Files may be too large, but the body and paint look very good...not perfect, of course, but still very nice, no obvious issues. Long-distance driver, no problem. The asking price is $35,000.00 Canadian. Does that seem reasonable? Thanks for any questions or comments.
First off Mike, welcome aboard!
For me it does seem to be on the high side being a 327, 10 bolt car with simple modifications that make it more driver friendly. What I don't like is the a/c not working and stating needed replaced. Is it the GM unit? As already mentioned having it on a lift to view the underneath is important and taking someone who knows Camaro's can assist with evaluation. Probably in this case the most important person to look at the car is someone very knowledgeable with body work.
Just to know, buying a project and getting it to this point would cost more. Personally, I'd look for a car that long term would be a better investment.
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post #4 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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I agree about the rust check. The seller has agreed to letting me get the car inspected up a hoist.
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post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it was the factory-installed a/c unit.
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post #6 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 10:28 PM
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Assuming there are no rust issues, I'd say the price is in the ball park. The A/C may be expensive to work on though. I have no experience there. Z22, Z87, C60 are some of the classier options to have and nice color combo as well. Brakes and TH350 were good upgrades. The headlight door problem should be an easy fix. Most likely the actuator needs lube.

Curious what the original color was as there were a few shades of turquoise offered ? 1st generation Camaro factory paint

Any chance that 327 is an L30 ?

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Good luck, Mike, with the buy.
As said, inspect carefully.
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post #8 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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It had a frame-off restoration and the body was dipped. The seller claims its rust-free and the undercarriage is in excellent condition.
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post #9 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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The VIN and the seller both say the 327 is an L30. The original colour was Tripoli Turquoise.
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post #10 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 05:26 PM
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Does it have wing windows? No, sorry wrong year then! Nice car but as others have said it seems on the high side. The great part of these cars is the value stays or goes up not down. If you drive it and enjoy it for years you will get all or almost all of your money back. unless you get that horse power bug, then all bets are off.
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post #11 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 05:48 PM
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The VIN and the seller both say the 327 is an L30. The original colour was Tripoli Turquoise.
You mean the suffix code on the engine I presume. The VIN will only distinguish V8 or L6. The main difference between the 210 & 275 hp engines, besides the carb, was the heads. An L30 would have "double hump/camel hump" markings on the end of the head. Good color too !

I don't know what the exchange rate is..just took Jim's word for it. We need more pix of course, but 26.7 K USD is about the going price for a nice, solid driver with desirable options and colors....imho.
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The VIN and the seller both say the 327 is an L30. The original colour was Tripoli Turquoise.
VIN will not tell you it is an L30, the engine suffix will: 1967-69 Camaro Drivetrain Decoding
If, and that is a big if, the car received a quality restoration, the price is not unreasonable when using the US/CAN conversion. If you paid a shop to restore a car it would be far more than $26.776.83 US Currency. I have seen many hackjobs on cars so be forewarned: Find someone who knows how to analyze bodywork before your pull the trigger.
Find a host and post more pictures if you can.
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post #13 of 62 (permalink) Old Feb 13th, 17, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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A local speed shop told me today that I'm looking at close to $5,000.00 to restore the a/c. Maybe I don't need a/c. I can always d/n (Drive North)
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A local speed shop told me today that I'm looking at close to $5,000.00 to restore the a/c. Maybe I don't need a/c. I can always d/n (Drive North)
You can rip it out and put in a Vintage Air system for maybe $1500 USD.

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A local speed shop told me today that I'm looking at close to $5,000.00 to restore the a/c. Maybe I don't need a/c. I can always d/n (Drive North)
I will assume you are doing none of the work yourself, because it does not cost that much to have your system rebuilt and converted by Classic Auto Air. Classic Auto Air - Air Conditioning & Heating for 70’s & Older Cars & Trucks.

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