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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 08, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, this is Peter from Australia. Just like to say this is a fantastic forum. I have only had my 68 Camaro for just under a year after importing it myself from Virginia. I have done a little work already including a full engine rebuild on the 327. The car itself was immaculate anyway so there isn,t a great deal that I need to do. However, my wife wonders why everytime I finish something that we can drive it, I end up pulling something else apart. I have just removed the instrument cluster, repaired all the bad earths, replaced bulbs and put it all back again. Being able to access this forum and all the knowledgable members, make jobs like that so much easier. Thanks to all.
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Welcome from Team Camaro and Texas. Glad you could join us. Lots of good info on this forum.

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Welcome to the site Peter . If you know how to post photos would love to see a few of your 68

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Hey From across the pond ...

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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 08, 02:48 PM
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Hi ya, from the great white north, who is now having winter. I'll bet that you will be or are turning heads with that machine of yours as the Camaro is rather rare breed in that neck of the woods...and they do drive on the other side of the road? Makes it interesting, eh?

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Great to see you here Peter.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 08, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your welcome. Yes, it is a bit different driving on the left side, especially if you want to pass another car as you can't see what's coming. You just watch the expression on you wife's face. As far as photos go, I only have one. I hope I have done this right. Should have got one of my kids to do it as they know way more about computers than I do. Will try and get more photos when I can-Cheers,Peter http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/i...atthecoast.jpg
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Just keep a larger than normal distance back from the car in front and ride the white line on the side of the road...
u will see more than u think...since the line of traffic is all stepped towards the center of the road.
Once u get used to left hook and driving next to the kerb, u will find it much easiers and safer
What will be upsetting the missus is she is sitting on the 'driverside' automatically checks the rear vision mirror inside and can only set the hood lining...if the right door mirror is adjusted right she will get used leaning forward slightly and can see behind.

Caustion to when 1st driving left hook like this..watch u dont drift towards the centerline...u are conditioned to driving that line over the yrs
And When heading down a dip that curves to the right at the bottom and up the otherside, there is a big blind spot behind the interior mirror
Pulling out of servicestations and merging roads, tend to place the car at deeper angle to the direction u wish to go...the right side mirror then works well, if u dont u cant see a bloody thing because of the rear pillar and mirror looks elseware

The missus will not like the pasenger seat because as passenger on that side when cornring she has no steerng wheel to hold on to
Look out for some 1988 subaru leone/omega seats..damn near the same shape/size and simple to convert to use the camaro runners without any changes to them.
Good seats and will make a huge diff to her attitude...
hq holden wheel bearings and a lot of other stuff is interchangable, BUT NOT the A frame bushes..they look the same but miked up are different.

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Anything u want give me a holla, also got a couple good contacts in ocka land for 2nd hand parts and can piont in the right direction.

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Welcome from the Beach!

A Virginia car, cool! And a nice one at that. I can see why the wife wants to ride.
Plenty of experts here, I'm still learning.

Your shipping costs were?

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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 08, 01:10 PM
 
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Hi Peter , nice car mate , now your just gotta lower the thing, it will look like a 4wd up there in queensland. Im in newcastle, nsw , i recently imported a 69 ss from boston. Just had her converted and rego'd last week. Waitin on some torque thrusts now (6 to 8 weeks). Some clever buggers on here that can answer and have done just about everything us mugs in australia will ever do to these cars.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 08, 11:47 PM
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Its good to see another Camaro going to a good home down the bottom of earth.Enjoy mate.
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 08, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks aussie1. I agree Gavin, it could be lower on the front. When I first got the car it looked like a praying mantis. I found it had 2" high coil spring boosters. I took them out and it dropped quite a bit. Although I found it has come up a bit again since I have done the engine. I guess there would be a bit of weight difference with the heads, intake etc. being alloy not cast. I think this photo may have been taken before I took the boosters out. I'll try and get onto taking a few more photos including the interior and the engine bay. As far as shipping goes Everett#2390, It was about $5000 but I'm afraid it doesn't stop there. You then have to add 10% of the total for GST , brokerage costs , the cost to make the car Australian Design Rules compliant , registation and stamp duty and more than $2000 just for the number plates. But hey, it's worth every penny. In Australia, if the vehicle is over 30 years old, you don't have to convert it to right-hand-drive which is a plus. Yes cap68, it does turn some heads-especially young fellas-they love it.
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 08, 10:51 PM
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Peter just wondering what they pick on when your car has to comply with a.d.r. rules. In W.A. they dont seem to go to that extreme. I just went over the pits, they take it for a drive[with me in the car]as i would not let it out of my sight.all done.
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i had to change the original seat belts , put the indicators in the reverse lights ( 69 )
thats about all for rego in NSW australia. All done and on the road on friday. And ive ordered USA 69 plates for it. It cost me so far around $49500 au landed ,converted ,engineered and registered in NSW. Im happy with that.
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