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Old Jun 21st, 17, 06:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My first automotive restoration

Hello camaro enthusiasts! This is my first post, so I'll try and make it a good one. Anyway, I have an awesome story to tell! Back in 1978, my mom bought a slightly used 1977 camaro, shortly before my dad asked her out on their 1st date. They were living in omaha Nebraska. My dad was originally from Pennsylvania. They were married in 1979, and used this camaro to drive to their honeymoon in Colorado. In March of 1980, they moved to Pennsylvania, not long after they found out that I was on the way into this lovely world. In November of 1980, here I come! My very first ride in a car was in the back seat of the 1977 camaro. 2 1/2 years later, same thing happened to my sister. Her first ride was also in the 1977 camaro. The car wasn't anything spectacular, buckskin metallic paint, 305 auto, crank windows and an 8-track am fm. It was our only car until sometime in the mid 80's, I'm not exactly sure of the year (either 86 or 87). With that being said, this car was being driven year round. Salt and other weather associated issues took its toll on her. In August of 1992, she took her final legal stride on public roads. It sat in the garage for a year or so, collecting things on the hood, and then dad moved her outside. Time escaped all of us. We put her up for sale a couple times, but thankfully she never sold. I had her running again back in 2000, but in the winter of 2007, something thought the wires under the hood was an all you can eat buffet. In October of 2016, dad told me that she needed a new home. I was devastated. That car meant so much to him and I. It's the heart of our family. I get a phone call from him on one of my days off asking if I was home. A few minutes later, he shows up with a friend of his, and the camaro on a roll back! Talk about a plethora of emotions! I was able to get her running not long after she showed up, and by dumb luck! I was dumping scrap metal at a local scrap yard, and I saw a 2nd Gen camaro shell on a scrap pile. I went over to check it out, low and behold, still had its wiring all intact! That was exciting! So, now it's the middle of June, and today the original 305 is being pulled along with the automatic. As per my dad's wishes, we're dropping a 327 in her and we're looking for a 4-speed muncie. Once time permits, I will be uploading pictures. Just thought I'd share this story with the world. Hope you enjoyed it!
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Old Jun 21st, 17, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I sent you a Personal Message. I may be able to help with the transmission.
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Old Jun 21st, 17, 07:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What a great story...
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Old Jun 21st, 17, 09:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome, Bhutto,
I agree with 'Good story'
Good luck with your family heirloom journey
Take plenty of pictures for future reference - they will come in handy later in life.
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Old Jun 21st, 17, 10:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have an intense amount of pics, lol! Just wish I can figure out how to upload them here. I don't have alot of time right now, as I'm on my lunch break from working on her! Lol
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I have an intense amount of pics, lol! Just wish I can figure out how to upload them here. I don't have alot of time right now, as I'm on my lunch break from working on her! Lol
Jason Welcome aboard. Great back story on your ride! Look forward to your updates here.

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So your options are to become a supporting member at the Premium fuel level of 19.99 a year, or Gold lifetime at 59.99 once and done, or store your photos off site and use image tags in your postings. Click https://www.camaros.net/forums/payments.php the get premium link in the top right by your login name to see the advantages of supporting the community.

If you go off shore with image tags remember you can not move the or delete the photos from your share without damaging your posts here making them worthless to others.

Consider starting a build thread to track your progress. Anyquestion just ask!

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Old Jun 21st, 17, 06:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the insight Brian! I do want to start some sort of blog documenting the car, but not just the restoration, also the history of the car since my mom purchased it. I was debating on starting a Facebook page, but I'm afraid of getting more involved with that then the restoration, if you know what I mean!
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Old Jun 21st, 17, 06:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, I started this thread today. My dad and I successfully pulled the 305 and the automatic transmission, so now all that's left is the shell. Time to get busy ?
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Old Jun 23rd, 17, 10:03 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Great story, I was brought home in a 76 Firebird. I wish my parents had kept that car.
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Old Jun 23rd, 17, 01:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Store your photos off site (photobucket, google, or one of the others) and use image tags in your postings to post pictures.
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Old Jun 25th, 17, 05:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Welcome to the party. Great story. Start a build thread and keep us posted. Do you already have a 327?
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Old Jun 27th, 17, 07:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes, I acquired a 327 locally, that i found on Craigslist of all places, and 10 minutes from home! This story also gets better. I remember as a kid, wondering what an emblem on the back of the car meant. It said "by Huber ". I did a Google search on that recently (knowing now that its a dealer tag), and its a chevy dealer in omaha Nebraska, and it is still in business! That is also, and obviously, where my mom purchased it from. So I contacted them recently, and they were thrilled to hear the story!

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