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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 10, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, my name is Bob. I'm new to this site, but have been around a few boards over the last couple years. Not real tech savvy. (the one place I've learned to post pictures is the virtual garage on the link in my signature)

I've joined the site for an exchange of 1st Gen technical information.

I started looking for a 67 or 68 Camaro or 400 firebird convertible in the late 70's. I found my 68 Camaro in August of 1980. It was sitting in a field up on blocks with the top down. I paid $250 and traded a stereo from a Datsun 240Z. It's a 295hp 350 SS, auto, ac convertible. It had rs trim (gauges, lower valence painted black, chrome molding,) except for the hideaways when I got it. I was 17 and scrounged up enough money to have it painted from Butternut yellow to Matador red. It was my only car, except also having a vette for a short period, until 2001.

I did a $22k restoration in 1990. In 2001 I was hit by an 80 year old guy who ran a red light. It took me 2 1/2 years before I could go into my garage without my blood pressure boiling. It's been 9 years since I drove it and it is currently going through a major- think body rebuild- restoration. I'm pushing it as fast as my wallet will allow. I'm restoring it stock except for changing the auto to a 4 speed.

My current daily driver is a rebuilt 1992 Z28- painted 69 Hugger orange with a fastburn 385 350 (385hp/385ftq)

I've always been an F-body fan since before they were called F-bodies and my taste has alternated with generation. I like the 1st, late second, and 4th gen Firebirds and Trans Ams as well as 1st, early early 2nd and 3rd gen Camaros. I'm also partial to the 30th and 35th anniversary cars.

I also collect Lionel trains. I'm a Merchant Marine- Ship Captain. My last assignment was the Maersk Alabama.


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 10, 05:17 AM
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Welcome, 68 is the best year, I think I remember tha ship name?
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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 10, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome, 68 is the best year, I think I remember tha ship name?
Thanks. Yes the ship has been in the news once or twice.


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Sorry to here about your accident. That is my greatest fear when driving my car. Its not me, its the person the with beater and no insurance... Welcome here and post pics.. We love pics...

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You can see all the pics I have at this link : http://www.fquick.com/68_RS_SS_Ragtop

Thanks


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Welcome to the club, Bob. Good to read you have a '68.
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Welcome. Good to see another 68 owner.

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welcome to team camaro!!!

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if you have an all original 1st gen camaro 67-69 click on the link below and enjoy the veiw and post your up!!
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Welcome Bob, always good to welcome another convertible owner!

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Welcome from another Butternut Yellow 68 convertible owner. Hope you put it back to the original color. There's not enough Butternut love around here.

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Greetings from Arizona
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Consider putting in a Tremec 5 speed. This is the single best thing I have done to my 69. With 3.73 gears, 70 mph used to be about 3100rpm. Now its about 2200.
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post #14 of 25 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 10, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome from another Butternut Yellow 68 convertible owner. Hope you put it back to the original color. There's not enough Butternut love around here.
Sorry the Butternut has never done it for me or grown on me.

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Consider putting in a Tremec 5 speed. This is the single best thing I have done to my 69. With 3.73 gears, 70 mph used to be about 3100rpm. Now its about 2200.
5 speed sounds like a good idea, but I already have a date coded M20.

Once it's finished, I'm sorry to say it won't get driven too much. I wouldn't want to go through this ordeal again. I fought with the other guys insurance - Hartford AARP- for 5 months.


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Hello from one 68 RS/SS vert owner to another! I just finished mine last year. Let me know if you need any help!

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