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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 01, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I am looking for a first generation project car, and I was wondering what all of you look for when you look for one. I realize that to get the original drivetrain is important, but what else?

Thanks in advance,
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 01, 04:42 PM
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My top priority is probably the body... no rust. After that, if the car is complete that is a definate plus. Running is better. I am not too concerned with numbers parts, as I like to modify though.
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 01, 04:56 PM
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A rust free and complete car is ideal. If you can find an original owner that is great this way you know the history of the vehicle as well. I was able to find all three of the above but it took some looking, even here in Southern California.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 01, 11:54 PM
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In my opinion, you have to get the car on a hoist. A complete (very, very complete) inspection of the undercarriage is an absolute priority. Anywhere the tires spread water on the undercarriage is suspect. The inspection may also reveal some past sins unknown to the current owner.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 01, 12:33 PM
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Just make a deal with yourself to look at at least 10 cars before you buy, and not just your area, that way you will learn a little about prices and what to look for in a car.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 01, 04:08 PM
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I have found a great article in the "Camaro performers" page 82 (fall of 2001)
it says,
1. shop in arid areas of the southwest
2.take a body guy with you or an icepick if you really want to know how solid somthing is
3.avoid swap meets and car shows (learn to reconize that $99.95 paint job
4. look for cars that have been painted 2 times or less.
5.a "rust free" car is the main goal.
If you do buy a car from a dealer check them out thoroughly!!!!!
I got burned by one, in Kentucky I'd love to give you his name but I know he uses this site!
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 01, 06:08 PM
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I think you need to look at alot of cars and see what you want. I think finding a car you really like is also important because you are going to be spending alot of time and money on the project. I like original cars with performance options (Z/28 or SS 396)...

'69 SS 396/375hp L78 M21 3.73 Fathom green/medium green interior


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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 01, 11:37 PM
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First find out what you want. Do you want a factory performance model? If so, do you have to have a big block, small block, or Z/28? Depending on which you want you will pay more and the car will probably be in worse shape than a normal Camaro. Most of the decent rare cars are being restored or have been restored at one time or another. Buy the best car you can afford. Stay away from rust! Repeat, stay away from rust! Go to a local show and ask a Camaro owner about his or her car. Find out what their problem areas are. Finally, figure out what your budget is. Don't buy a car that is going to bury you. You don't want to spend a ton of money and then have to sell for less than less than what you invested because you can't afford to finish it.

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 01, 05:11 AM
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In what price range are you looking?
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 01, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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right now my price range is around $4,000.00. I would like to have one of the following:

67 SS or L30/m20
69 SS 396

while I am looking, I am saving my money as well.

Thank you for all the replies.

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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 01, 07:36 PM
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**** , I bought the 1st one I looked at, and am happy with it.. 69 Z28 from Oxford alabama, no rust 350 V8 SB running engine, (but it had a cracked block) but paid only 2500 for it.
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I think the first place to look is within yourself.

Do you have the patience to take the time and do a very good project completion?

Secondly, do you have the stamina to complete the job, even if obstacles unforseen come up?

If you answered "Yes" to both questions, then, go look for your unmolested body, one-owner, low mileage, complete running Camaro, Good Luck,

Like pipeman suggests, look at several, and Chris suggests, what do you want? What are your second choices in options, etc.?

Four thousand will buy you the car, now what is your plan?

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 01, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome car.

The pictures of your car make me appreciate vinyl tops a lot more now.

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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 01, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about the post above, I was reading two different threads and posted the wrong reply here. :0.

Anyway, to reply to your questions Everett,

Yes I do believe that I have the patience to take the time to do a good project and I believe that I have the stamina as well. The only problem I will have is that I am 18, and a college student. In two years I will have to transfer to finish my degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering (having a hard time deciding which one). I will more then likely live in a dorm for those last two years of college, so the only problem would be if I would almost have to take a break on the restoration if it is not finished by then, maybe work on the car a few weekends a month or something like that.

Also I have never done anything like this before, but I would like to do as much on the vehicle as possible myself, excluding paint (People who can paint have my upmost respect, I can't do it, and I realize how much hard work goes into it.) I may be able to do the body work(try to find a car with minimum body damage) myself but not the coat/coats of paint.

Thank You for your advice,
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 01, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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To answer about the options that I am interested in, I would prefer that the Camaro has power steering and brakes. Air Conditioning would be a plus considering the fact that i live in Southern Alabama, but is not a must.

Thanks for your input,
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