Oct 12th, 04, 06:32 AM
Hello, I recently acquired a survivor convertible all original still with the six cylinder. I did some research and they made alittle of 3,000 of these cars back in 68. All numbers match the vin except for the color code in which it is now painted butternut yellow. The color according to the cowl tag should be ash gold. Should I invest in changing color back to original as the car is in overall very good shape. Is this car valuable and should i leave it alone or should I tear into it like all the rest of the camaro's and put a 8 cylinder in it? Any opinion is appreciated.
Oct 12th, 04, 08:56 AM
How is the car optioned otherwise? Is it pretty basic, manual steering, manual drum brakes, etc?
On one had it's neat to have a relatievely rare survivor, even if it is a 6 cylinder plain jane. One of the nicest and coolest Camaros I have ever seen was a 69 RS 6Cyl Convertible with a factory houndstooth benchseat interior. The only thing not original was the paint and color, which the owner did in a light metallic green that he liked. Just a neat, rare car.
On the other hand, many of us wouldn't want a 6 cyl car. My 69 was a 6 cylinder/manual Dover White plain jane, and even if it had come with everything intact, I'd bag the motor and trans up and keep it for some future owner that could live with a 6. Then the drum brakes would get bagged and tagged too.
That's why I asked about the other options. Based on a near death experience in my 67 LT-1 powered coupe in high school, I will never go fast without having the capability to stop fast, so I'd never drop a V8 in without power discs (or at least power drums). My 68 had too much go with not enough whoa, even with a tired 327 and 2.73 rear gears, so the brakes were among the first upgrades.
On the color, it's about the same. Do what you like. If you like the Butternut (and I do), leave it. I'm not particularly fond of Ash Gold, but I don't recall seeing many that color recently, so if you wanted to go that way to be original and different, no one will argue.
Because my 69 sheetmetal is new and straight, I will probably skip the Dover White. I am leaning toward Cortez Silver, but might go Tuxedo Black.
It's all in what you want. You've found the best site out here to get opinions, answers, and just about anything else for these cars.