Pro touring 67 RS
When I moved my family to Ohio for work, I wound up with some extra garage space and got the idea that I could fill it up with a project car that I could work on with my son Jake. Jake was 14 at the time we started and it was a good opportunity for him to learn some man-skills. I had worked on cars here and there for small stuff like brakes and general maintenance, but how hard could a total restoration really be, right? I mentioned the idea to my wife and she was on board, though neither of us had a clue of the time commitment. Before I could tell her what car I had in mind, she said “a 60’s Camaro?”, so I was off on a search for one. I looked locally for a few weeks and finally came across this one in Green Springs, OH about an hour and half from my house. The owner is a great guy and said he bought it as a project for him and his son to work on, but it ended up being just him doing all the work and he was ready to let it go. He wanted to sell it as just a roller, but once I heard it fire up with the 396 big block, there wasn’t going to be deal without the engine. He was setting it up to be a pro-street type of car with big power and high gear ratio. Either he or the owner before him had done a bunch of body work to it – new quarters, floor pans, door skins, and he had a front end and trunk lid from a donor car (none of which had ever been fit up – rookie mistake #1 for me). The front clip was separate from the car and stored in a barn, so I guess you could call this a partial “barn-find’. Like I said, the previous owner was fantastic to deal with, provided all the receipts so I could identify the parts really well, and has provided lots of important info long after the sale. He wants to come by and see the car when it’s done and I plan to hold him to it.
Note: I have learned a lot from this forum and it helped me out of a lot of jams, so I feel obligated to post some of my experience in hopes that it helps the next guy along.