not much happened in 2016 due to losing my step mother to cancer in November 2015 and then dealing with dads health. On January 5 2016 i found out that I would be laid off...so losing a job and then having to look for one put everything on the back burner.
I did build me a front dolly that bolts to the front sub frame mounts of the body that worked awesome! So i started stripping the rest of the paint from the car and the firewall....taking lots of pictures along the way.
this is a trunk lid that i got a hold of in 1988 from my college roommates Dad. he had a 68 butter nut yellow camaro that was totaled and left sitting in a field....he told me i could go get anything i wanted form the car....so i went and got this trunk lid and all the stainless trim and back glass ect.... I think i paid him a total of 25 dollars.... This lid was untouched and a little better than mine...plus it didnt have spoiler holes drilled into it.
Who would have known that Dads undercoating would preserve like this....lots of time and several gallons of paint stripper and a putty knife was used to scraped the undercoating off and wash it away. I just had to keep doing something to the car....
Int the background you can see a brand new rotisserie. It was bought in 2008 by one of my employees back then and car nut at AACA Hersey Fall meet in PA. It was October and when the stock market was crashing that weekend. They were selling the Car Twrillers for $700! That is wen I first realized change was coming...people were freaking out. I would end up having to lay him off in December and bought it from him at what he paid for it. although he wanted less...I told him I just couldnt do that and take advantage of him...I would give him what he paid for it.
no progress would be made in the upcoming year of 2017...due to having to start another job...money got tight. SO this would be the way the camaro would be in till 2018. I did attend a few car shows and pic up little things here and there....but no big advances were made.
I can say i was starting to get irritated at life and the fact that i was now 47 years old and this car had been apart since 2005! I was supposed to be able to afford to do this car like i wanted to now that i was in my mid 40's...right? at least that what i thought back when i was 17 years. old.
Things would turn around soon......I kept telling myself....but if i didnt get this car together soon...it may never go back together. at this point people were telling me to just sell it...but I always said HELL NO!
That car is part of me and my life! It had followed me from my child hood home to the places i lived at during my 20's, then to my business shop and finally now to my new home.