Saving a 69, fulfilling a dream
I purchased the car in March 2014 after wanting one since I was 5. I planned on just driving it, but it was a basket case and needed a full-blown restoration. The engine was shot and like ALL non-restored, un-garaged cars, there was rust in the inner cowl and dash, and floor pan, along with patches.
I just dropped the subframe yesterday. I will tear down, grind, paint, and put it back together again. I posted some steering/suspension related questions in another thread--please provide any helpful guidance. I'm putting the car on a rotisserie/subframe jig in the coming weeks to start cutting on her.
The interior survived, so the only thing I'll replace is the carpet.
The body is another story. I will replace the floor pan, firewall, inner cowl, trunk pan, quarters, fenders, door skins, wheel houses (mini tubs), rear pan, etc. It's great to have a brother that's a professional body tech to do all of this, although it will go slow (the painters house always looks the worst), don't mark your calendars.
Drive train: newly built 350 (fogged in storage), and will add a 700R4, will stick with the Ford 9". I will add disc brakes to the drum brakes on there now, eventually. I "thought" I would drive the car after I bought the engine, but it wasn't worth it, so like all people with an elusive 69 Camaro dream, we started tearing it down.
Cooling: either stock replacement radiator or aluminum and add a trans cooler.
Rear suspension: will go with a 4-link, w/ coil overs. I haven't decided on a brand yet. Will go with a weld-in set. DSE seems to be the best out there, but pricey. With the mini tubs, I will tuck 18X10s, and 17X8s in the front.
My goal with the car is to have a street car that drives and handles better than she would've in 1969. Not looking to race the car, but I figured making suspension upgrades would go farther than trying to drop an LSX with 600 HP. I'm on a modest, but flexible budget, not looking to cut corners, but I want to get the best value out of what I buy.
If anyone wants to comment with their recommendations, please do. Thanks!
Last edited by First69x11; Apr 7th, 15 at 06:32 PM.