Need Help - Mid-Life Crisis
I apologize in advance if this post shows up twice: I wrote it once and it didnít show up, so Iím going for it again.
Here goes: I am going to finally make the plunge. Iíve waited 30+ years to own one, and now itís going to come to pass. So, if you wouldnít mind, I need some help. I just began my quest for a Camaro about a month ago and, already, Iím anxious. I have only looked at one car, and I saw another online fairly close to my town. In my mind, I already have it narrowed to these 2 as choices to pick from. I know thereís hundreds out there to choose from, but impatience is getting the best of me. Keep in mind that I know absolutely nothing about cars so Iím on my own.
Car #1 Ė (I got to see and drive this one) Ė 68 SS. Itís been owned by the same guy for over 25 years.
- 350 4 bolt, 308 posi, orig 4 speed 10 boltÖ. Mostly original car
- Small scratch / dent in the driver door, a little larger one in the rear quarter panel
- He crashed it into a telephone pole one year after he had it (1982). Replaced the front end with an RS front. Did a restore at that time
- Interior restored recently with RS interior Ė Nice job
- When he replaced the carpet, he noticed a few small rot holesÖ so he fiberglassed the entire floorpan.
- Front disc brakes
- RS Headlights need new vacuum switches
- Paint is faded
- No rust that I can see, other than surface rust in the trunk
- Engine compartment needs a good cleaning and painting
It drives, sounds and looks (what Camaro doesnít?) good. Other than that I donít know specifics. Asking $17,000.00
Car #2 Ė 69 SS. Also has had 3 owners. I havenít seen it yet, but am planning to see it this Sunday. I say pics and it looks really straight. Hereís some specifics (as per the owner):
- 1969 Camaro SS in great condition. It's an older restoration but in great shape. EVERYTHING WORKS. NO RUST (has pictures of the body restoration process)
- Originally 350 with a 4-speed converted it to an auto
- 68,000 miles
- Previous owner had it garaged for 16 years.
- During resto there were a few very minor body rot areas that were welded and grinded down before the finish work was doneÖ No fill bondo
- New parts: all emblems/badges, all door, roofrail, trunk weatherstripping, window felts and chromes, wheel well chromes (not installed), hood adjusters, rear louvers, new front spoiler.
- An original GM cowl induction hood that works (not original to the car), original rear spoiler.
- Nice interior - Auto Meter Monster tach which is bolted to the plastic riser NOT to the body. The original console gauge cluster was replaced with an aftermarket Auto Meter cluster
- B&M shifter and a manual "lock-up" for the torque converter
- GM crate ZZ4 with 385 horsepower. Ported aluminum heads and intake which bump it up to 385 HP/410 TQ. The motor has less than 20,000 miles - 750 Holley. The HEI that came with the motor was replaced with an MSD distributor, coil and box. The headers are full length Hooker racing headers with 3 chamber flowmasters and dump out the back.
- GM 700R4 which was added at the same time as the crate motor.The crossmember is the correct GM part as well as the carburetor brackets are all GM parts. The gear ratios for the transmission are: 1st 3.06:1, 2nd 1.63:1, 3rd 1:1, 4th 0.7:1.
- The rear end was also changed out at the same time as the rest of the drivetrain and is a 10 bolt out of an early seventies Nova. It was rebuilt with a posi unit and 2.73 gears.
- The front end has cut coil springs ---- has a new set of Hotchkis springs and shocks he will include. The car came originally with power steering and power disc brakes. The brakes have been changed out to four wheel corvette C4 disc brakes in the FRONT AND REAR!. The rearend leaf springs are stock multi-leaf springs.
He is asking $18,000 for this.
My dilemma is that A. I have no idea what Iím looking at and, B. I have no idea which is a better value. I kow it kind of comes down to what I like, etc. but, given the fact that this is going to be my first, I want to do it right. Any comments, suggestions, or diatribes would be welcome.