I'll start off with a little back story on me/the car. When I was 16 I started looking at getting an old car to work on. What I ended up getting was a 71 Nova. I loved that car and learned a lot on it, but when I was a senior in HS a guy offered my a Camaro (in about a thousand boxes) for what I thought was a good price so I sold my nova and bought it. I started to buy fixe and sell many motorcycles and cars to help get money for parts. Well, I didn't get much done that summer. I got a front end disk brake conversion from Ground Up (Still use Ground Up for almost everything, awesome people to do work with) and installed it and that was about it. Then I went off to college and didn't really go back to my parents much over then next 4 years so I didn't work on the car. While at college I received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology and passed my test for my A&P (Air frame and Power plant certificate from the FAA).
I graduated in May of this year and received my commission in the Air Force. I took out a loan and got a good daily drive (2011 chevy cruze, it's a really nice car if anyone was wondering) and used some 'left over' loan money to get parts for the Camaro.
When you commission out of ROTC in the AF they usually don't have orders for you so you get to go back home and sit at your parents house until you get an email telling you when you show up to base. So that's what I did, But instead of sitting around I got to finally work on my car that I had for close to 5 years. Turns out I didn't have as much time as much time as I thought I would, I got orders to Active Duty in late June. So now I am away from again for awhile but such is life.
I know I enjoy reading build stories and i'm sure the rest of you do too, So I figured I would show you what I (and a family friend) accomplished this summer.
Right, I never said what was in the car. I was told it was matching numbers, but after some research on here I realized that was not correct. It has a 327 with camel hump heads, victor jr intake, 750 carb, no idea about the cam but when I turn it by hand the rockers move a lot. No idea about the pistons or anything else internal either. It has a Muncie 4 speed and a 12 bolt rear end. I counted the rotations on the rear end and it has 4.10 gears. That's to much for me but it's cheaper to leave it in the car so that's what is staying.
It was originally the teal color RS car with vinyl top, 327 4 speed car. I plan on painting it Deep water blue and keeping everything else.
Here is what it looked like when I brought it home.
It came with the dog house and quite a few boxes of misc. parts.
The front end with the new brakes on it (5 years after they were put on), I'm taking the engine out to paint the firewall/cowl/dash/interior
Here is some rot i found on the back window
finally fixing stuff!
ok, so I'm figuring out how to weld. we all start somewhere right ?
New parts !
Here is what it all looks like
and started to fix
oh right, more rot
Things are coming together
It's painted (It took way to many tries)!
tops glued down and windows are in
What I don't have pictures of: I ran all the brake lines and put new drums in the back, mounted the fuel tank (new sending unit), ran the fuel lines to the pump. Someone broke a flange off the base plate of the carb so I got a new one and got that installed again. I got the Hurst shifter installed and adjusted (that was a pain)
So that's where I left for base and how the car sits. My buddy said he was going to mess with it when he has time but he is a grandpa and His grand babbies come first !
I can't thank this website enough, I have spend countless hours to research on here !
So there's my story, we all have one and I love reading them, so you all should post yours too!