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1968 Camaro project newbie

Hi All,

Excited to have finally picked up a 1968 camaro project and am also excited to have joined this great website. I look forward to taking advantage of the knowledge all of the members here have to offer. I have always dreamed of someday owning a beautifully restored/modified 1st generation camaro. Now, I have finally taken the first step by purchasing a 1968 camaro project. Unfortunately, I overpaid for a complete piece of crap and am starting with a very expensive learning curve. I will need a lot of advise and I am hoping to get a lot of opinions from different people. Thanks for reading this!
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Welcome to the Club! At least you have the correct year.
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Thank Everett!
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How much did you pay? Is it rusted or whats so bad about it?

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It is a 1968 camaro that I paid $5500 for.

Good/o.k.......
Has a strong running 350 with a turbo 350 automatic/B&M floor shifter. Front end is solid with some original metal, some new. Has grill, headlights, front spoiler, front bumper (not installed), new cowl hood. No rust on dash or inner/outer cowl. Subframe is in good condition. Both door skins are full of mud, passenger door has rust on the inside. Most of the wiring is in good shape, but not hooked up. Interior is non existent. Has all original buckets along with rear seats. Probably need new foam, definately new covers and frames seem o.k. Has original guages and glovebox door. Car actually runs and drives (is definately not a driver though). All glass is there, pretty scratched up on the front windshield. Rear quarter windows are not installed.

BAD........
Floor pan behind both seats are rusted through. Trunk floor pan is completly rusted out. Rear quarters have been shaped with so much mud you would think it was done by a professional sculpter. Rear section of roof has been pulled with a dent puller and has a fair amount of mud. Rear tail panel was attempted to be bent back to straight (I am positive this vehicle had been rear ended pretty good at some point). Both rear frame rails are bent and cracked. One of the rockers is o.k., the other one looks to have been cut and welded back together. And the worst part (in my opinion) is that the passenger side door has about a 1" gap at the top corner where it meets quarter, but only a 3/16" gap at the bottom. I am pretty sure it is not due to a poor door hang because the gap across the bottom of the door is equal front to back at maybe 1/4".

Unfortunately I was stupid enough to purchase this vehicle out of state without seeing it in person. My brother-in-law went and looked at it for me and unfortunately he missed a lot of things I didn't expect him to miss.
All in all, I am afraid I have bitten off more than I can chew. Sorry I wrote a book about the car!
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You're welcome. Don't be afraid to write. The more info given, the better the decision/suggestions made.

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It is a 1968 camaro that I paid $5500 for.

Good/o.k.......
Has a strong running 350 with a turbo 350 automatic/B&M floor shifter. Front end is solid with some original metal, some new. Has grill, headlights, front spoiler, front bumper (not installed), new cowl hood. No rust on dash or inner/outer cowl. Subframe is in good condition. Both door skins are full of mud, passenger door has rust on the inside. Most of the wiring is in good shape, but not hooked up. Interior is non existent. Has all original buckets along with rear seats. Probably need new foam, definately new covers and frames seem o.k. Has original guages and glovebox door. Car actually runs and drives (is definately not a driver though). All glass is there, pretty scratched up on the front windshield. Rear quarter windows are not installed.

BAD........
Floor pan behind both seats are rusted through. Trunk floor pan is completly rusted out. Rear quarters have been shaped with so much mud you would think it was done by a professional sculpter. Rear section of roof has been pulled with a dent puller and has a fair amount of mud. Rear tail panel was attempted to be bent back to straight (I am positive this vehicle had been rear ended pretty good at some point). Both rear frame rails are bent and cracked. One of the rockers is o.k., the other one looks to have been cut and welded back together. And the worst part (in my opinion) is that the passenger side door has about a 1" gap at the top corner where it meets quarter, but only a 3/16" gap at the bottom. I am pretty sure it is not due to a poor door hang because the gap across the bottom of the door is equal front to back at maybe 1/4".

Unfortunately I was stupid enough to purchase this vehicle out of state without seeing it in person. My brother-in-law went and looked at it for me and unfortunately he missed a lot of things I didn't expect him to miss.
All in all, I am afraid I have bitten off more than I can chew. Sorry I wrote a book about the car!
Congrats and welcome from another newbie!!!!
Don't feel bad about overpaying, I think we all did in one way or another. I paid $4500 for my rag top bondo-bucket and already started taking it appart, new door skins, new full quarter panels and tail piece and new radiator support (battery acid eate the one side) and believe me there are plenty of people who have told me I am crazy for doing so. To me overpaying is just a matter of opinion, you are buying a classic muscle car... a Camaro no less, and there are only so many out there, so what the car is worth to you is what matters. Enjoy the trip and have as much fun as you can!
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Thanks everyone for the great welcome! I really look forward to starting my project and picking peoples brains for more info.
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