This is going to be long...Just giving warning
Well, I became the owner of a 1969 camaro as of 6pm yesterday. It has been sitting at my next door neighbor's house since about 92 and hasn't moved since. It was owned by an old lady, a very nice one at that. It was her sons, who then gave it to his son.The grandson parked it at grandmas' house in 92 and hasn't touched it since (Ah...storeing cars at grandmothers houses...we've all been there huh?).
AAnnnyyway...Here is what I know about it:
It's a 69 base model w/ a 307 and an automatic in it. VIN# 124379N354526.
It was Olympic gold w/ a black vinyl top (711 & 65B Trim tag). Built 1st week of June.
The interior is perfect! 100% original black std. No rips, leaks, wear or tear!. Whole car has about 12K original miles on it. The car was bought new in 69, by her son. He drove it a bit, parked it, then gave it to his son sometime in the late 80's. He rebuilt the 307 in 92, and parked it at his grandmas house and hasn't cranked it since.
The body has some minor rust in some places, but nothing bad. I checked all of the "Hidden" spots that I knew off hand, no rust (No pine needles either...WHEW!!). The motor was rebuilt in 92, but it hasn't even been turned over in 8 years, I didn't even try it yet (Good thing I live just down-hill from her...coasted it to my house).
Some noteable factory options include AC, PS, Rear defoger, folding rear seats & AM/FM radio (altho it has been removed and placed into the back seat...there is some cheap radio there now).
OK...So where do I go from here? I don't want to restore it (not much rarity to a 307), and I figure this makes the perfect hotrod candidate. I would like to make it into an SS-style clone. I'm looking for an all around cruiser, with some power to back it up. I'd like to have a droped front end, w/ wheel-well fillin' rear tires. I'd like to go more the street-cruiser/ mild pro-street route of custom body molding and looks (I love to custom build stuff for my cars)
How much am I looking at to get the needed body pannels for the SS-clone? Howabout that 307 motor...is there any hope of modifing it, or should I just gut-n'-dump it for a 350/396? Any general 1st gen pitfalls I should look out for?
What rear end did this base model have from factory?
Thanks for any info!