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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 24th, 10, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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New guy with a 69

Hello everyone. Iím Pete. I work at Hatfield Restorations in Canton, Texas so I am quite familiar with what it takes to restore a car from the ground up. I do it every day!

Iím not really much of a muscle car era guy ut I love all car the same. I build Traditional Customs from the 30ís - the 50ís. Camaros arenít new to me but this will be my first personal Camaro build.


My father recently passed away and left me his 69 Camaro. From what I can tell so far, from just the vin, it is a base small block car. I still need to get the cowl tag info to further decode the car.

It needs a ton of work but is very solid because it has never spent even one night outside in itís entire life.

My dad purchased the car in 1981 (I was 6 months old ) It was a 70ís built Pro Street car (Backhalfed, full cage, the works). He proceeded to tear it completely apart to do some modifications and never was able to complete them. It has been in dry storage since 1984.


I am building the car as a tribute to my dad who was a life long gear head and gave me the skills to get where I am today.

I am here to learn about the 69 Camaro and to have some support and aid in building the car how my dad wanted to build it himselfÖ

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Here is a picture of Dad the day he got the car in 1981. It was non running but complete. Lot of boxes full of parts came with it. Still have all those parts. They should aid in the restoration.








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Welcome to the Club, Pete. Nice project and plan you have.
She looks like a good start.
I must say, those are some pretty darn wide tires and does appear the qtrs have been trimmed/stretched to fit.

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I think you are correct.

I'm not really sure where to go with the build at this point. I am leaning toward a more factory look.

Fixing the quarters and narrowing the 9Ē even more to fit the tires properly and building a second rearend for the street and a stock look. It would be hard to drive on the street with the gears that are in it now. It's got a 9" with 5.80 something gears.

OR even put it back to stock floor pans and getting rid of the back half and the role cage.

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5.88's? Eighth mile car or quarter mile?
Alot of work ahead if you plan on going back to stock, but your credentials state you have the knowledge.

Keeping the body square is the key, er, second key. Patience is the first key.

Take pictures and make an album - it will be useful later in life.

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Welcome...your story reminds me of my 64 Vette....it was my grandfathers and my fathers..and now mine...I was not a big Vette guy but the car has a lot of sentimental value to me.

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5.88's? Eighth mile car or quarter mile?
Alot of work ahead if you plan on going back to stock, but your credentials state you have the knowledge.

Keeping the body square is the key, er, second key. Patience is the first key.

Take pictures and make an album - it will be useful later in life.
I think that is what he said. 5.88's sounds right. It was a quarter mile car.

An album is a great idea. I have taken over 1500 pictures, in 2 years, of my other project. Being in the industry taught me that you can never take enough pictures!

Thank you guys for the warm welcome.
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Welcome Pete ,cool history ,I just lost my Pop's too ,he left me his 1965 Buick Wildcat picture in my sig ,but not a good one,have fun and always remember your Dad ....Happy Motoring

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Welcome Pete. Sorry to hear about your dad. There are a lot of guys here that know there stuff so anything we can do just let us know. We all like pictures so the ones back from 81 are a great start. Good Luck.

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Greetings from Arizona
Nice car...Great story and history
I have whats left of my grand fathers 32 Ford p/u sitting on my back porch...Some day....
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It sounds like your dad was a relatively young man. Sorry for your loss. I lost my dad in '04 and I will never get over it but life is for the living so we must all go on. Cherish and honor your dad's memory and build it like he would have done.

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