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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South Central Wisconsin
Re: December 2016 Ride Of The Month Nonimations
I bought this plain jane 1969 v8 4spd Camaro in the fall of 1985. It had a little bondo around the right rear wheel housing and some rust behind each wheel. Vinyl top was shrinking. I was 21 years old and just ecstatic to have classic Camaro. Following summer I purchased and installed an ‘SS’ hood and 3:31 post from a guy parting out an original ‘SS’. The car lived on cement and gravel floors in various sheds on the family farm when not being driven.
Time goes on, GF to wife. Kid, commitments and aging parents. The car got less use and more haggard looking. Some years I didn’t even get the car out as I was somewhat ashamed of the state my iconic Camaro had become.
A couple years back I told my wife we either need to sell the car and let someone else enjoy it more than we are, or we need to fix it up right and enjoy it ourselves.
So after three dead end searches for a body shop that would call back or not be naming their new yacht after me, a co-worker put me on to a guy who’d done some work for him. I could not have found a better guy. Dan let me help with the car and explained/answered every question I had.
So, in a nutshell…
Body off the frame
Frame sandblasted and painted
New rubber body mounts
New vinyl top
New front and rear glass
New gas tank
Sandblasted and cleared the original front to brake line and gas line.
New front springs and bushings
Restored original master cylinder
All original interior (except for new carpet)
I’m sure there is more that I’m forgetting
Got the car back this past summer and then put everything back together just in time for a couple Sunday drives before the deer started coming out and we put the car away. Looking forward to a whole summer of enjoying our new…old ride.
1969 Plain Jane Camaro - Restoration in progress...327, M20 wide, 12 bolt 3:31
My Camaro history here -->
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Last edited by Vega$69; Dec 14th, 16 at 05:44 AM.