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Old Dec 30th, 12, 01:44 PM
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A house that I pass everyday to work has a 1975 Camaro sitting in his front yard and has been there for years. Well I have been wanting to restore one because my mom use to have a 1978 camaro as her first car and she loved that car. My question for you Camaro guys is are the 1978 and the 1975 relatively similar cars? This car is in rough shape so I might not restore this one but it would make a great parts car and I just want to make sure the parts are interchangeable before I get it. Thanks!
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Old Dec 30th, 12, 07:28 PM
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Welcome to the site. Your question may be answered better in the second gen section of the site. The link is below. If the second gens are like the first gens the answer would be that very little from a 75 will fit on a 78. Just checking the yahoo image sections for 75 and 78 you can see subtle differences both front and back. You can bet the interiors and dashboards are completely different. Mechanically they may be more the same but that would be a crap-shoot.
If you go to a site like Classic Industries http://www.classicindustries.com/ you can look up any parts you may be thinking about replacing and it will tell you if that part will fit both years or just the one.

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Old Dec 31st, 12, 07:23 AM
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74 to 77 are what I call "big bumper cars" as they have chrome 5MPH crash bumpers on them. 78 to 81 I call rubber bumper cars. I would expect some differences in those areas(around bumpers) between the two years in the sheet metal and frames. The back window shape changed in 75 and continued until 81 so you're good on that.

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Old Dec 31st, 12, 07:53 AM
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74-77 bumpers were anodized aluminum, not chrome.
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Old Dec 31st, 12, 01:01 PM
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Cars are basically the same.Rear window changed after 74,fenders are different(70-77 fenders the same).Front windows are the same,hoods are basically the same,just understructure changes(and the z28 hoods),but theyll all bolt on and fit.Things start going metric on them after????77 or78.A quick search on front calipers is a good indicator.When the switch happens,its the metric banjo bolt.
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I have a 76 that I converted the front end to a 70. 74 is sort of all by itself as it has the flat rear window like the 70-73 but it has aluminum bumpers. Other that that, 74-77 are the same. I only point this out as I would have much rather had a 77-78 2nd gen.



I tucked in my rear bumper and will be getting it powder coated to match the paint.

Anyway, I say buy the 2nd gen. They are fun cars.

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Old Jan 3rd, 13, 06:28 PM
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Hey Ty, I have to say that tucked in rear bumper really improves the appearance of the rear. I used to have a '75 Camaro and never could get over those big ol' honkin bumpers.
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Old Jan 10th, 13, 07:33 PM
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Hey Ty, I have to say that tucked in rear bumper really improves the appearance of the rear. I used to have a '75 Camaro and never could get over those big ol' honkin bumpers.
Thanks Andrew. I took the bumper off to have it powder coated to match the paint. I hope to get it back next Monday. Cant wait to see what it will look like.
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Old Jan 16th, 13, 10:22 AM
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The doors,trunk lids,hoods and glass all interchange. The interiors interchange,78 was the last year they used the 1970 style dash(I think). The subframes changed in 75 and were basically the same thru 81,as is pretty much the entire undercarrage. There were slight differences as the years went on,eventually I think they went to metric brakes,the steering column and shafts changed which forced you to used the steering box from the column that you were using. Some things like the interior cosmetically changed,but the parts physically swapped. Even the later cars with the big squared dash can accept the earlier dash as a bolt in (I know,I did it). The fenders are different,but the rear structure is pretty much the same once you remove the 74-77 tail light panel.
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I think you should use My Camaro as a 2nd GEN "PINUP":


70Z 600+Hp, 7000rpm, Lunati SR/Donovan Cam Gear Drive/Manley Valves/Jomar Girdel/Diamond Tray, Mallory HyFire VI...etc, 460ci BBC/M21/3:31.

10 years on the Road and NO Ticket's because who could conceive a Ride can do 150+mph down any strait ='s "GET LOST".

Been Driving and Modifying her since 1976 when I bought her for $1.600. Eat your Heart Out 1st Gens ;o)
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I think you should use My Camaro as a 2nd GEN "PINUP":


70Z 600+Hp, 7000rpm, Lunati SR/Donovan Cam Gear Drive/Manley Valves/Jomar Girdel/Diamond Tray, Mallory HyFire VI...etc, 460ci BBC/M21/3:31.

10 years on the Road and NO Ticket's because who could conceive a Ride can do 150+mph down any strait ='s "GET LOST".

Been Driving and Modifying her since 1976 when I bought her for $1.600. Eat your Heart Out 1st Gens ;o)
I guess you know but that's not a 70 grill.
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Old Feb 15th, 13, 07:23 PM
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Never put bumperettes on a Sport Coupe (STANDARD_ frontend of a 70-73 Camaro.

I passed up a $500 1981 V6 Camaro that was fully loaded with options great body, no rust, great interior too. Just a bad rod knock in the disposable V6 motor.

Dummy me passed it up.......
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