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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 09, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I've been a lurker on this site for some time and figured now was the time to finally join up. I've had my 68 RS convertible for 16 years and it's spent the last 9 mostly in the garage only coming out 1-2 times per year to get stuff down from the rafters.

This was a non-number matching car when I got it so it was destined to be modified from day one in my hands. It is originally LeMans blue with white top, V8 4-speed, and 12 bolt posi. Last week my sons (16 & 14) and I yanked the motor and trans out. Sold them on Craigslist and now I'm doing cleanup while waiting for my new fire breathing 350 roller motor and TKO 5-speed to arrive. I previously rebuilt the front and rear suspension and rear end including PST bushings, Hotchkiss springs and sway bars, Bilstein shocks, and Wilwood disc brakes on both ends.

It's fun to drive and who cares about MPG as I get SPM (smiles per mile).

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 09, 08:20 PM
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Welcome from San Jose, Ca.

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Santa Clara here

1967 327 4spd convertible 119K
1968 RS Z/28 04D Norwood have owned twice
1968 RS Z/28 04D Van Nuys asleep for 36 years
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welcome from Pleasanton

Remember,I'm not making this stuff up!

1969 rs/ss 396 350hp/4spd conv a/c,pw,ps,foldown
1968 Z/28 crossram- j/l8 conv pw,ps,foldown
1963 nova ss 350/4spd conv a/c,ps,pt
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san leandro. welcome to the site, we really like pictures.

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1968 that started life and a 6 banger with a PG. Now it's a 350 Holley Terminator EFI with a TKO600, Moser 12 bolt (3.73), Speedtech LCA/UCA, ATS AFX Spindles, Hotchkis Springs, Forgeline ZX3P, C5 (Kore3) brakes with other cool stuff.


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Mackenbach Germany. I moved here from Redondo Beach Ca. Welcome to the site.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 09, 10:57 PM
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Sounds like it will be a perfect cruiser RJ with the new motor and trans. Love the color combo too.

I used to go to Al Burtoni/Milano Imports in Gilroy for years to work on some of my cars. I like that area a lot! Welcome to the site .

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welcome to team camaro!!
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 09, 07:39 AM
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Welcome a board from KY here, a great site full of all the information you will every need. How is the Garlic Capital of the World? Did some work at the power plant at Gilroy Food's in the 90's neat little town. What is the name of the restaurant on the Mountain Side with all the model airplanes? It maybe in Morgan Hill I don't remember for sure. Is it still open?
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 09, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks all for the welcomes.

I know Al (Burtoni) Burton well enough. My neighbor used to own the property next to Al's and we'd hear the Ferrari and Lambo engines revving as we were out shooting clays or having target practice. Nice enough guy with a home garage we'd all love to have.

The Flying Dutchman was the restaurant in Morgan Hill with the airplanes. Sadly it's been closed for several years and all the planes were sold off to mainly private collections.

Just curious, Any of the locals belong to the NorCal Camaro Limited club that meets at the Sunnyvale Chevy dealer ? Once the motors back in I was planning to show up at the monthly meeting and join the group.

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san leandro. welcome to the site, we really like pictures.

Don't mean to steal thunder from the original post but just wanted to state the obvious, Steve that is one awesome looking 1st Gen! Great choice of wheels!

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 09, 08:59 PM
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Don't mean to steal thunder from the original post but just wanted to state the obvious, Steve that is one awesome looking 1st Gen! Great choice of wheels!
Thanks Drew

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1968 that started life and a 6 banger with a PG. Now it's a 350 Holley Terminator EFI with a TKO600, Moser 12 bolt (3.73), Speedtech LCA/UCA, ATS AFX Spindles, Hotchkis Springs, Forgeline ZX3P, C5 (Kore3) brakes with other cool stuff.


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Welcome RJ, from Pacifica. Look up DJD, I believe he is the President of the Nor Cal Camaro Limited Club...I believe he has the link to the club in his signature... Good Luck on the 68... Like Steve said, Pictures would be cool...

(STAY THIRSTY, MY FRIENDS).

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 09, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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More pictures are at the link "The perfect daily driver" in my signature. Just to be clear this car isn't perfect in any way, shape, or form. It looks great driving by or from 10 feet away but up close I know where every flaw is. It will never be a show car as it's a driver meant to be enjoyed on the open road.


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Welcome RJ
Great to see another Gilroy member. Great looking convertible.
Iím still away off from completing my project but will look forward to crossing paths someday.
---Dean
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Fathom Green 69 RS Z/28 DZ302
And a few Hot Rods

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