: How long have you had your Camaro
Apr 21st, 03, 01:56 AM
From the day you bought it till this very moment, how long have you had your baby and how long did it take you to completely restore it to the point where you were satisfied with it. I've had mines now for over five years and I'm still only 3/4ths way through with it :D Many of my friends tell me that I should just give up on it and find something else. I myself say "Never".. As John Paul Jones once said "I have not even begun to fight" :D
Apr 21st, 03, 02:16 AM
Well, let's see I guess I have had my car on almost 4 years now.
It took almost 19 month's for me to bring it to it's current state which most people would say is done.
However, they are never really done. I always find myself wanting to change this or that thing, but that's part of the fun of owning this classic. :cool:
Apr 21st, 03, 03:30 AM
I've had mine for 18 years. To restore it took about two years of hard work start to finish, I gave up on it about every other week but hung in there and got it done. When I was down in the dumps and about to sell it my older brother told me if I sell it I'll never get another one like it. Now that I think about it if I sold it I'd be sitting here now thinking "man I should've never sold that Camaro". Thanks Rich T.
Apr 21st, 03, 04:00 AM
Have had it for 23 years. Drove it for 7 years, then it sat and has been my project for 16 years.
Maybe this will be the year I finish up my project.
Apr 21st, 03, 05:55 AM
NOT long enough!
Apr 21st, 03, 06:32 AM
Bought my 69 in February of 94. Drove it a little that year and on Labor Day weekend, backed it into the garage for disassembly. Took it to the body shop in March 95, they installed new sheetmetal (where needed) and primed it. Brought it home in July 95. Spent until January 99 block sanding and rebuilding the suspension and converting it to disk brakes. Back to teh body shop for final paint. In april 99 reassembled the exterior. This is where it's at now. I plan on doing the wireing and interior this year. Hope to complete this part and build the 454, TH400 and Ford 9" next year. So, I've had it for 8 years and still not finished. MAN! I am tired of being asked if it is finished yet. I have spent these past 8 years working two jobs, raising a wife and two kids, and scrimping to get money for parts and stuff. The best thing is I STILL HAVE IT! I hope to have this one on the road in two to three years. You are never FINISHED with a project. My last Camaro (67) took me 1 1/2 years to complete. I wasn't married then, no kids, just me and the dog. She didn't care where she was laying. House, garage, driveway. Should have stayed with the dog. :rolleyes:
Apr 21st, 03, 07:48 AM
Our current Camaro we got about 5 years ago (will be 5 years as of July 17) -it went to the body shop in December and we excpect it back in July. Then comes the interior, engine, trans... at this point it feels like it will never be done!! Kids sure cut into the available money!!!
Apr 21st, 03, 12:36 PM
Going on 2 years this coming summer. It still has a long long way to go! It's coming along nicely... I'm in no rush to get it done, because huury up work doesn't look as good as planned out work IMHO. Ofcourse getting rid of the 327 and droppin' in a zz or 383 stroker would be fun, the house seems to come first. Check out my sig. to see the progress and check out the other galleries to view some hot Camaros (Yenko's,Baldwin, and a few other slick little numbers) :cool: Sometimes I think that I enjoy my 69 coupe more than the owners of SOME of the high end cars. Driving the car is the best part of owning a classic, but that's just me graemlins/beers.gif
Apr 21st, 03, 01:26 PM
We got our '67 in '91. Drove it around for two years, then stripped it down to nothing, welded on two quarters, took it to the body and paint shop, rebuilt the engine, and now it's sitting in our garage for about the last six years...waiting on me to have enough time and money to finish it!
Our '67 RS/SS350 convertible (http://www.geocities.com/pnwcc_2000/sueb2.jpg)
[ 04-21-2003, 04:46 PM: Message edited by: Seattle Sam ]
Apr 21st, 03, 01:58 PM
Since 1989. Driving it since 1990, though there was a period of ~6 years when it didn't move much (I was in VA, it was in WA).
Apr 21st, 03, 03:12 PM
23 years ago I dragged her home on a rope and she STILL needs a full restoration. I guess I am in no hurry graemlins/clonk.gif
Apr 21st, 03, 03:44 PM
My first 69 was my very first car. My dad bought it for me in 1985, I was 16 then. On June 13, 1987 I bought my second 69 and later that summer sold the first back to the guy my dad bought it from. I still have the 69 I bought in '87. Drove it for two years as my only car. Then I went to college and it sat. Now married with 4 children and I'm in the middle of reasembling the subframe and adding disc brakes. Hopefully it will be on the road for family fun next month. Far from being done, but then again it's a driver ment to be driven. graemlins/thumbsup.gif
Apr 21st, 03, 04:02 PM
I have owned mine 453 days and that has not been long enough!!! I drove it home and have never stopped enjoying it. This has been the first car we have really had fun with!!!!
Apr 21st, 03, 06:11 PM
Bought mine back in '86. It just had new quarters and paint put on it. It had a 250 HP 350 in it with an M-21 and a 4.56 posi 10-bolt. The engine was from another '69 which I eventually sold back to it's rightful owner. I built a 355 with Bowtie aluminum heads and changed the rear gears to 4.11's in the early '90's and broke the M-21 and the bellhousing soon after. I bought a Lakewood bell and a Tremec 5-speed and cracked an axle tube at the spring perch on the 8.2" 10-bolt soon after that. I still haven't gotten around to upgrading the rear end. I did some drilling, welding and praying and so far the 10-bolt is holding up. It's a neverending project. I want to put an 8.5" 10-bolt in it and by the time I get done with that I'll probably have to freshen the engine up and squeeze a few more horses out so I can break something else. By then I'll be ready to strip and repaint and then...............
Apr 22nd, 03, 04:27 AM
Started seriously shopping about 3 years ago. Got my 69 in Feb of '02 but it was in my mind since 1969 when I graduated high school. :D
Now 14 months and thousands of dollars later, old Thunder is still my pride and joy.
Apr 22nd, 03, 08:03 AM
First 68 in 1974 in was a POS, but I never gave up and had it looking good by 1978 (still a POS).
@nd 68 in 1978 RSSS350 beautiful, stolen in 81.
1982 3rd 68 RS Z/28, still have it.....under lock and key.
"if it comes with a decal, your going to have trouble with it"
Apr 22nd, 03, 02:17 PM
i have had camaros since '84. have had my 68 vert since '90. my 69 rs ss vert since 91. just put a permit of non op on my 68 to start restoration. it was a daily. wife has been telling me to sell during hard times but survived them and still own it. whew. 69 has been in storage since i got it for a complete resto but only thing left is need to put on a top. almost there!!!.
Apr 22nd, 03, 06:36 PM
Bought my 68, new in 68, 62000 original miles all papers even original oil change receipts.
Apr 23rd, 03, 02:47 AM
I have owned my 67' for 13 years and drove it about 1000 miles. The first engine and transmission combo was a 327 turbo 350. The engine was a POS. So then it sat in my moms backyard for about 10 years. This year I have trown all the sheet metal off the front away, rebuilt the entire subframe, disc breaks, front end re-build, new springs, steering box, ect. Just got my 388 put together and geeting my 5 speed today. :D Still have a 9" for it, body work, paint, interior, and tires and wheels. Mabey drivable next year.
Apr 24th, 03, 01:08 PM
I got my 67 in Oct 2000. After seeing it sit for 16 years under a tarp. After all new flooring and trunk, new front sheet metal and awsome paint she is still waiting for interior and an engine. The suspension and brakes are done.
I still haven't sat behind the wheel yet. Maybe thats because I still need one of those!!
Take a look if you want. graemlins/waving.gif
Apr 24th, 03, 07:55 PM
I've had my 69 RS since March 2001. I got it toward the end of my senior year after hunting for one that wasn't trashed that I could build my way. That summer I managed to get the engine swaped. Then over X-Mas break (1 month) I managed to put a new rear-end in it, I rebuilt the TH350, and exhaust. This past summer I only did the rear suspension. It's a work in progress, and I don't work on it much during the school year because of time and funds. I'm not worried though, because I knew from day one...it'll never be done. :rolleyes:
Apr 25th, 03, 12:52 PM
I've had my camaro since I was 16. I'm 21 now and it's nearly completed(really!). I plan on having it forever.
Apr 25th, 03, 12:56 PM
Dont have one yet.But soon
Apr 25th, 03, 09:32 PM
33 years :cool:
Apr 26th, 03, 02:46 AM
I got my 67 RS/SS in November of 1998. I managed to keep it during a divorce in 2001 & it should be on the road sometime this summer. I have been mad enought to sell it several times knowing that I could never manage to buy another one. graemlins/beers.gif
Apr 26th, 03, 03:12 AM
I bought my 67 in July of 77 when I was 16. I paid 400$ from the original owner. My cousin and I picked it up and drove it home. My dad was not impressed.
I drove it through high school and stored it untill 99 when I started the restoration. I finished it in 02.
Apr 27th, 03, 08:27 AM
I bought my 69 from the original owner about in September 2000. Bought a battery and drove it straight to the shop and ripped it apart. Got it back to driveable condition (95%) just this last September. Still not done yet ;)
Big Sky 68Z28
Apr 27th, 03, 08:48 AM
Bought my 68 in Aug '78 and traded in Jan '00. Traded again in Sept '02 for 69 SS/RS X-22 that I'm reassembling now.
Apr 28th, 03, 05:59 AM
Apr 29th, 03, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by Oramac68:
Bought my 68, new in 68, 62000 original miles all papers even original oil change receipts. Atta Boy graemlins/beers.gif
We've had ours for just 2 years now. Our garage has never looked so good.