Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ocean Springs MS
Hello from the Gulf Coast
Really like the site, I've had several camaros in the past and sold my last one (a Bolero Red 67 RS/SS350 Convertible) 15 years ago. Also had a 67 RS coupe, 68 RS Convertible, and a few others. I'm a lifelong gearhead, and got into older stuff and started building vintage hotrods. I still have a 1937 Ford with a 350/700R4 and and 31 Ford roadster on deuce rails with a 1963 corvette 300HP 327, Offenhauser tripower, and a M21 muncie.
But, I always missed my Camaro, and a few weeks ago finally bought another 67 coupe, just a plain jane with a 350 and 4 speed that i'm doing a resto on. Thought that would scratch the itch, but apparently not as last week I bought another 67 RS Convertible project and the remains of a 69 coupe, which is nothing special other than being an X11. I'm well into the 67 coupes restoration, but may sideline it and do the convertible first. The funny thing about this 67 RS convertible is that I cut the rear deck and other parts off it 20 years ago to fix a 68 RS convertible I had at the time. Repro parts werent available then, and the poor ragtop has since been buried in a warehouse next to another 67 convertible (6cyl non RS) s with parts piled on top of them, In fact you'd never even see the cars if you didn't know they were there for the fenders and assorted junk piled on top of them. Anyway, after buying the coupe and researching parts again, I noticed all the sheetmetal and inner structure now available for convertibles. I remembered the "parts car" and called my friend, who is in his 70s now, to see if it was still there in storage. He mentioned he was cleaning stuff out and if I wanted it i'd better get it as he was taking steel to the scales and it was on the list!. I believe the original matching 327 and the rest of the RS bits are buried in the piles of stuff in the warehouse, and i'll be making many trips to get all the parts home. I'll need to do full quarters, floor pans and rear deck/inner trunk structure on the RS ragtop, but camaros are pretty refreshing to deal with compared to the rusty 1930s tin i've been fooling with lately. Still there is always more to learn and I have read some great info already on here, I only wish this forum was around years ago! I be reading quite a bit, and will offer anything I may have learned along the way.