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Long story long (CLIFFS BELOW THIS GARBAGE FOR TL/DR) this has been my dream car since I was about 10 years old. I remember the day I first saw it like it was yesterday (I'm almost 25 now) when my Dad picked me up from school and drug me with him over to a good buddy of his house to help him finish up some work on his brand new 50x70 garage. I remember playing around in this guys office on the side of his garage, when I hear this car fire up from a few walls away. I hopped up and ran through his shop to see this car warming up as he moved it out of the garage to do some work inside. I had never really been much into cars at this point, but I had a strong interest in tractors and farming, so I kind of knew my way around mechanical parts for a 10 year old. I thought this car was the baddest thing I've ever seen, and it sounded awesome. I begged him for a ride in it that day, but he insisted that he'd take me out in it sometime. I spent the rest of the evening sitting in the drivers seat of the car pretending I was John Force or something.

Needless to say, from that day on I was always sure to go with my Dad over to the guys house whenever he did. The guy always let me ride shot gun in the car when he took it out on the street to local car shows or hang outs, and even to the track. When I was 17, he let me drive the car and took me into a huge parking lot and taught me how to handle that kind of power, what to do, and what not to do. I spent a lot of time listening to him, and my Dad when it came to drag racing and building cars. They both have had car projects and an interest in drag racing.

I've always wanted this car, or wanted to build one just like it someday. Fast forward to June 2013 at 24 years of age, the guy had went through a divorce a couple years ago and I had kind of lost contact with him. I knew just before the divorce he had torn the car completely apart to re-do it. It had been a racecar since the late 70s, and was in need of updating chassis wise, and the paint was getting pretty old and beat up. He pulled the engine, trans, interior, all wiring, windows, ect, and media blasted the car. That resulted in a LOT of surprises. At the time of his divorce, he contacted myself and my Dad, and we helped him move the car into a storage unit, all in pieces. I had asked him a few times over the next year if he had any interests in selling the car, and he politely declined. Then one day he sent me a text with a dollar amount, and I had asked what that was, and he said bring me that amount and come get the Camaro before I change my mind. I went to the bank, got my truck and trailer, and my girlfriend and I met him at the storage unit a few hours later. He told me he never wanted to let the car go, and that I was the only person he could ever see having the car besides him, and he needed some money to help pay for the new new house he was building.

Now it's mine, in a million pieces, and every day I wish I could go back in time and stop him from doing this to a perfectly running street/strip car..but at least it's finally mine, and so begins a long road of restoration. The car, is a 1967 Camaro. It has a stock block BBC under 500ci, th400 trans, DOT tires, mufflers, ect and has been a best of 9.65 @ 141 in street trim. The car is very old school looking with it's stance, wheels, ect. But that's how I want to put it back together. I want it to be as close to how it was when I first drove it, with a few small updates. I'm doing most everything on this car myself, aside from the chassis work and paint, which is being done by Adkins Racecars of Milan Mi. As I am not a welder and wouldn't want to trust my safety and others next to me with my own welding LOL. But with that said, progress will be slow, but I'm trying to keep pictures for anyone who may be interested in some progress of an old race car!

CLIFFS FOR TL/DR:

Fall in love with this 67 Camaro at a young age
Spend the next few years riding/driving the car with the owner
Owner tears the car all apart for updating/restoring
Owner goes through divorce and sells car to me a year later
I am now trying to put basket case back together


Here's a few pictures I have of the car back in the mid 2000's when I was a teenager, pictures of pictures, bad quality, but you can get an idea of what it looked like previous to the dis-assembly.






The day I picked it up.













My helper!







The car had the mild steel 6 point cut out, and the previous owner did a chromolly 12pt, and cut the rear quarters up to stretch the wheel wells for a bigger tire. It has a 31x16.5-15 ET street with 4.88 gears and worked perfect on motor, but would run out at 1000ft on spray, so he was going to put a 33 on it for nitrous.

Adkins racecars cut out the sketchy looking rear cross member and binded-up four link setup for new updated pieces and mounts. Along with the new suspension, we're re doing all of the old steel tin work in new aluminum.


























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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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From this point, the chassis work is just about done. Just have to put the rear end back in, and then it will be time to start the long road of body work. I'm not really sure what the color the car was, but I'm going to paint it a Chrysler color, that is as close to it as I can get from memory.

Shot this just to see how the color looked.









Stay tuned for more (slow) progress!!

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Rear quarters roughed in as good as we're going to get them. Rest of it will be up to the body man!











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All done at the chassis shop. All new tin in the rear, brand new rear back half, new quarters, and seats mounted. Time to head home.




Sitting in the garage with a couple of my other cars, waiting on a spot to open up in paint shop jail.





Car is now dropped off at the body mans house.







Gaps are on point as good as they're going to get.










Now time to come apart for jams!








Been delayed a while due to this extreme cold! It finally warmed up enough in the last few days to where the painter felt comfortable enough to jam the car. The body is getting sealer tomorrow, then prime, then re-assembled and sprayed. Everything else is sprayed.

I have to say, the color looks WAY more beautiful in real life than my cell phone makes it out to be!















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Great project as I always loved pro-street cars so "good on ya!"
Just curious on why parts if you know were painted in steps like the fenders and doors vs. painting the whole thing at one time.
But agree, great looking color!

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I like the color, cool rig


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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 15, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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I like the color, cool rig
Thanks, I'm excited to see it all done!


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Great project as I always loved pro-street cars so "good on ya!"
Just curious on why parts if you know were painted in steps like the fenders and doors vs. painting the whole thing at one time.
But agree, great looking color!
Thanks man! It's a two stage color with a lot of pearl in it, so all exterior pieces need to be painted at once to insure they match 100% so we jammed the door jams, fender jams, insides of the doors, ect, so we can hang those parts back on the car, then paint the whole exterior with the doors and hood and trunk on, so everything is covered at the same time, while all inside pieces are already done.

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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old Mar 27th, 15, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Officially have color now! Still have to wetsand, we're going to do that Sunday. But I'm happy with the color and how it turned out! Only ended up with one small run in the clear, but it should come out.

Again, the color looks much better in real life than it does in these crappy cell phone pictures.




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What size hood is that?

PS beautiful.. Good luck with it
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Thank you! It's a Glasstek 6" cowl.

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I'm liking that car!

Nice work.

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Thank you guys! Here's a few more pictures that I snapped tonight with my junk phone. I can't wait to wet sand it and take some good pictures with my DSLR, the phone camera doesn't even come close to capturing the color how it actually looks.






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Wow! That is becoming a beautiful car. Thank you for sharing.

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If you can get that car to look half as good as your helper it will be a beautiful car.
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Got the car outside in the sun today and started polishing. Lot left to do but it's looking like a car again!












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