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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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I would like in a nutshell to know the correct procedure of rebuilding a 69 Camaro. The proper way, ground up....1..2..3
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 03:10 PM
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In a nut shell? 1)Take it apart. 2)Fix all of the broken stuff. 3)Put it back together. Sometimes it's a little bit more complicated than this.
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 04:03 PM
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LOL...That was a peanut shell! 1) go over the entire car and note what parts will be needed and at what cost. DO NOT. Under ANY circumstances let the wife get a hold of this notebook! 2)Slowly remove parts and sort and mark EVERY bolt, screw, nut,clamp bracket..EVEN if it's in bad shape and must be replaced. Throw NOTHING away.Again, if caught tearing the car down,casually and most importantly calmly state "you're playing around with the car a bit". 3) begin the body restoration..weld and/or bolt in necessary sheet metal..DO NOT stay up late doing this..spread the work out over as long a period of time as possible. Keep track of time invested and NEVER let the Camaro occupy more time than the wife. Even by a few minutes...she'll know which one is getting more of your attention! 4)Best to paint the car with everything stipped and apart. If you can use little or no masking tape prior to painting, you're doing GREAT! 5) After it's painted, begin the final assembly..DO NOT let any kids, wives, buddies, or pets in the garage after the car is painted..NO ACCEPTIONS! 6) Throw in the fresh motor and trans and CRIUSE!

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 04:26 PM
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I did forget to add THE GOLDEN RULE; Throw NOTHING away!
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 04:59 PM
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Good books to have handy on the re-build site
Chevy by the Numbers 1965-1969
Illustrated Camaro buyer's Guide
Classic Camaro restoration
Complete Guide to Restoring your 1st generation Camaro There are tow of these with similar names at the book stores. Get the paperback one seems to have a lot more detailed information.

And the one book thats not yet in print is John Z "The Camaro Mind"
I say that cause I dont think John would part with it but a Book on the camaro would be a best seller esp amoung the 9000+ here at Team Camaro.

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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 05:43 PM
 
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Kyvox hit the nail right on the head. In a nutshell that's all there is to it.

However some additional advice from me: have a really big stack of money cause you'll need it. You might even want to find a printing press.

Oh yes, access to places like this are worth more than money when you get stuck and need help.
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 02, 05:55 PM
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1)call around to restoration shops and find one that can get your car in ASAP.
2)wait a year, then take car to resto shop
3)wait about 3 years and write about $50,000 worth of checks or sign for credit card receipts
4) pick up "better than new" camaro and sell it on ebay for $15,000.
5)start over again...

or you could follow the directions that the other people have already stated. whatever floats your boat, i guess.

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Hmmm, I seem to be doing this backwards. I'm doing the mechanical first: 6 cyl 3 sp to 350 4 sp, drum to disc, open monoleaf to posi multileaf, add vintage air. Then off to the body shop for new quarters, doors, paint and last to the top and interior shop. Am I screwing up?
As for MY wife, she likes me spending lots of time with it and leaving her alone (I'm probably screwing up again).
And last, I like what a preacher once said: "If you got all this in your head, you've got it in a nutshell"...
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I'm with Winch on this one. Get a good solid drivetrain and suspension, drive it for a while while you save money to re-do the body.

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I agree, get the thing running and rolling first. I did a jeep outside in and the paint/exterior really suffered. Did Camaro inside out and it is proving to be easier and going to be sweet (I hope). Good Luck....
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If you build your drive train and running gear the way you want it first and get it all dialed in you'll be happier, same with the interior as you wou't be playing the fit and refit game with a fresh paint job.

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Step one: Throw wallet at car.

Step two: Run.

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Jeff, I would like a copy of the John Z book! If someone would write a good book on the first gens, breaking each year into different books, or possibly each style it would have to be a great seller. There are so many questions the current crop of books forget to answer, and some color pictures would be nice too.
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We would all like the John Z book only problem is none is written. Maybe Ill have to bring him out to Hawaii and surround him with Hula Girls for a couple of months to get him to write it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HawaiianCamaro:
We would all like the John Z book only problem is none is written. Maybe Ill have to bring him out to Hawaii and surround him with Hula Girls for a couple of months to get him to write it.
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I think we want a Camaro book not a romance novel!!


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