What was I thinking......?
Let's go back to the fall of 2012 when for the first time I bought my first Camaro a 1969. This car was modified for competition road racing, roll cage, racing seats w/4-pt. harness, torque arm, 4 wheel disc, 5-spd.....etc.
Without ever sitting in a 1st Gen Camaro before I had nothing to compare the differences to a stock interior. As I continue my quest to own another 1st Gen I found a super nice 67 just outside of Cincinnati, OH. Made the trip Thursday afternoon with allot of anticipation thinking this is it I finally found what I was looking for...421 HP custom built racing engine, Tremec 5-spd with console, 12 bolt posi, 3.42, Traction bars, Cowl hood, spoiler, Tuxedo Black, stock interior, solid, solid body. Note: The owner a 75 yr old. who builds HP engines of all cubic inches as a hobby/business mentioned the only reason he was considering selling was on account he had a bad knee and working the clutch lately was now a painful process. So he agreed to cut it loose with reservation. I knew all this before making the road trip. I had a number in my head that I wasn't going to come off of regardless.
So back to the meet and greet...well after he started that engine I knew I just might get to own this beast. After crawling all over and under the car I began to settle into the drivers seat which btw had a tilt wheel I quickly realized something wasn't right. The top of my head literally touching the head liner. I recalled I didn't experience this with the other car. So what was different. The owner said "Have you never sat in a 1st gen Camaro before" I said I owned one in the past. What immediately came to mind was the fact my former car had aftermarket racing seats which apparently sit lower than the factory buckets in the '67. Here I am wanting this car and the owner reluctantly agreed to my offer and now I can't even comfortably sit in the car. Now I'm 5' 11" 235 lbs. large but not large by some standards. The owner was all of 5' 5" has owned dozens of hotrods. I was at a big time crossroads I can't buy this car because I'm to big in stature....REALLY! How many men my size bought these 1st gen cars and squeezed themselves in the cockpit. The GM buckets are a non-adjustable one size fit all concept. What was I thinking?????????
Having cervical surgery last summer I couldn't even imagine hitting a bump in the road and compressing my neck all because I wanted a 1st gen Camaro. So much to my dismay I had to walk away. Needless to say it was a long trip home.