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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 19, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
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MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

I purchased this 68 Camaro SS Restomod, back in 2016, when I was in the US. It was restored by the original owner and then was sold to a dealership in Long Island, which I then purchased from.

The dealership did not know all the details and work that was done to the car, I also have little knowledge on classic muscles (my first classic).But I just fell in-love with it.

Below is what the car came with:
  • Fully-restored 350ci engine (2,500 miles)
  • Holley Carburetor
  • 4-speed Muncie
  • Hurst shifter
  • Classic Instrument G/stock Gauges
  • Upgraded brakes (unknown)
  • American Racing AR105 Torq Thrust 17x8
  • KYB Gas-a-Just Shocks
  • Stock front springs w/spacer
  • Multi Leaf springs (unknown)
  • Pypes X-pipe
  • Pypes Stree ProMufflers (Unknown if 2" or 3")
  • Cowl Induction Hood (2" i think)
  • OER Injection front spoiler
  • Detroit Speed Closeout Panel
  • Custom 2-tone Paint-job
  • Sumitomo HTRZII 235/45/17 & 270/40/17
Last year, I decided to start my LS2 build. I found a good mechanic who was able to find the needed parts and work on it. The build took longer than expected due to usual hiccups and surprises after stripping down a car. The car runs so much better now, much more reliable compared to a carb'd engine choking every mile lol.

Below is what has been Completed so far

Engine
  • LS2 Engine
  • Engine Mounts
  • Spark plugs
  • Fuel injectors, pumps, filters
  • Alternator
  • Air Filter (K&N)
  • Aluminum Radiator - Custom
  • Power Steering
  • Vintage A/C
  • Rear extended exhaust pipes
  • Painted LS2 Engine Cover (Holden SS)
Trans
  • T56 Magnum 6 speed (Tremec)
  • Shifter conversion
  • Driveshaft
  • Full clutch set (Corvette C6)
Exterior & Interior
  • Gauge dash panel (AutoMeter)
  • UltraLite Gauges (AutoMeter)
  • LS gauge install kit (AutoMeter - the speedo isn't reading right, working on a fix)
  • Hurst Shifter Ball (C5 Corvette)
  • GT9 Retro Steering wheel (GT Performance)
  • Steering wheel Adapter Plate (Summit)
  • Oracle 7" Halo Headlights
  • AR105 wheels painted full gloss black
  • New wheel bearings
Might've missed a few parts there.

For now, I plan to keep my builds in phases (mostly due to budget). I'll be looking into the following next, in stages.

Tires: (Status: In-Progress)
Goal: Street Driving Summers, keeping an "aggressive" rear look
  • Looking for either NT555 G2 or BFG G force
  • Front: 235/45/17
  • Rear: 245/45 or 255/45
Thread Started: HERE

Suspension: (Status: In-Progress)
Goal: I'd love to go one shot with a full kit, like RideTech StreetGrip, however I'm not able to at the moment. Planning to get some parts now, for better and smoother street driving. RideTech confirmed that their Shocks and Springs fit directly, no required components needed
  • RideTech HQ Shocks Front/Rear
  • RideTech Front Springs 2"
Thread Started: HERE

Front Disc Brakes: (Status: Pending)
Goal: To upgrade the front brakes (disc kit or caliper only) for better emergency braking.(e.g. being cut off, or sudden traffic stop). With the LS2 now, it's much harder to brake quickly.
  • Either a disc brake kit (Wilwood / Baer)
  • Just a caliper upgrade
Thread Started: HERE

Center Console: (Status: Pending)
Goal: To find a direct fit console including a fitment for the AutoMeter gauge console(Product Link HERE). Don't want a Custom or DIY console.
Thread Started: HERE

Below are some Before/After Photos:
Before








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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 19, 04:08 AM
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Re: MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

very clean looking! I look forward following the progress of your build.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 19, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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very clean looking! I look forward following the progress of your build.

Getting there slowly. Thank you very much.


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Getting there slowly. Thank you very much.


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I know the feeling on that one! I'm still working on getting my 68 also. hopefully after the trip I'm on I'll be able to make some more progress on mine.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 19, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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You're welcome
I know the feeling on that one! I'm still working on getting my 68 also. hopefully after the trip I'm on I'll be able to make some more progress on mine.
goodluck with the build!

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goodluck with the build!
You as well! I'll try to remember to start a build thread at some point
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Re: MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

Update: Tires.



Finally found tires, went with Nitto 555 G2 235/45 & 245/45. What a ride difference




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Re: MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

Why cant i edit my main post? Can't find the Edit button anymore.

Anyways: finally ordered the Ride Tech Street Grip Kit from MCB

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MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

First of all, ride quality and handling compared to previous 11/10 love it. Shocks are very comfortable, hitting bumps doesn't hurt anymore. The Shocks are currently adjusted toward more firm (8 clicks back from Most Firm setting). Highway cruising , and taking fast corners never felt better.



That being said, I do have some callouts. The front does scrape when hitting uneven surface, don't know how bad that is but i like the ride height in front now. (235/45/17).



The rear height is what's bothering me. It's way higher than front and I prefer to even out the ride height. Similar to the photo of the Camaro on RideTechs website. It appears that I have missed out an additional 1" Lowering kit, which doesn't come in the SG kit. I thought the leafs alone give a 2" drop.



For now, I ordered the Ridetech 1" lowering blocks in the rear, and Global West 3/8" coil spacers upfront, which should lift the car about 3/4". Hopefully this aligns the height well








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Fixed suspension issues

I FINALLY fixed the issue of ride height and front rubbing. I added 3/8" coils spacers and 1" lowering block. That did the job!! car doesn't rub anymore, and sits perfectly.




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Re: MY 68 Camaro SS LS2 Build

It is way better now!

About your swap, what engine mount are you using?
No tunnel cutting needed?
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It is way better now!

About your swap, what engine mount are you using?
No tunnel cutting needed?
Yes, thank you ! I'm honestly not sure i din't do the engine install myself. I know they were replaced ill try to find out. and tunnel cutting for the T56 yes..

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Yes, thank you ! I'm honestly not sure i din't do the engine install myself. I know they were replaced ill try to find out. and tunnel cutting for the T56 yes..
Okay, thank you.
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