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Old Aug 6th, 15, 02:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Advice on '71 Camaro anyone??

This will be my first restoration of any type of car.

My love: 1971 Camaro that I plan on restoring just for a cruiser.

Does anyone have any advice on tools I should stock up on for welding and body work.

The only experience I have working on cars is working at an auto plant(assembly line) and basic maintenance on my own chevy truck.

Any knowledge on the following would be helpful:

What kind of suspension to go with if considering going with an LS1 engine.
What order should I go in when beginning the restoration process.
Advice on welding or primering with very little experience.


Located in Bay Area, CA so feel free to text me if it works better to chat cars.

Thanks a bunch!!

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Old Aug 6th, 15, 08:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on '71 Camaro anyone??

Hi Adam,

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Old Aug 7th, 15, 04:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Advice on '71 Camaro anyone??

The first thing to do when entering into a restoration is to do a cost estimate on each component, Body & Paint, Interior, Suspension, Drivetrain etc. Get catalogs from the various restoration company's to price compare. When you add it all up are you happy with the big bucks you are talking about in the thread. Also determine what you can and can't do. Look for a Camaro Club in your area to help with certain parts of your project. When you look at the costs, what is the car worth when done, if that is important to you. I won't restore a car and spend more than it is worth. If you like that body style, find one that needs little to none in body work that will save you $$$. A 70 RS or Z will be worth more money than a 71 plain jane but will cost the same for many of the components. I looked and bought a 69 from the original owner in California and paid good money and shipped it here in NC. The car needed no real body work. 2 years later I finished the car 2k under the budget, 38k and the BB, RSSS with options is worth more than that. Go into the restoration as a business and detailed plan and you will be a happy camper.
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