My name's Nate and I'm the proud owner of a 1968 Camaro Convertible with just shy of 64,000 miles on the clock. She was purchased new in late '68 by my uncle and has been in the family since new. From a family with 10 children, the car passed down through 2 other siblings before my Mom took ownership. Fortunately for me, the car remained in my parent's possession ever since. The last time the car was plated was in 1982. We used to get it out every summer, wash and wax it, and then drive it up and down the street a bit until around 1986/87 when the radiator let loose and filled the driveway with some lovely rust colored anti-freeze.
About 5 years later, as an eager teenager, my Dad and I finally began the process of restoring it with the intent of making a nice driver quality restoration, no points car or trailer queen, something we could enjoy. Our vision at the time was to keep everything stock with the exception of the powerplant. We intended to pull the original 327 (210 hp version) and Powerglide and put in its place a more peppy powerplant with a TH350 or 400. After acquiring a parts catalog from a vendor here in Indiana for sheetmetal, we began with the tackling the rust on the rear quarters, wheel wells and trunk drop-off's. Opting to do a full replacement of the sheetmetal, we ran into a road block when we went to order the quarters and found they were not available (even though they were listed in the catalog with prices). Unfortunately, this was not before an anxious teenager had cut the majority of the quarters off. Hind sight being 20/20, we could have probably gotten by with patching the quarters with available skins or patch panels. A valuable lesson was learned on my part, have the replacement part in hand before you take the original off...just to make sure you have a replacement! We were on a budget, and it didn't allow for NOS sheetmetal, so we stopped; learning that eventually reproduction quarters would be available.
So, needless to say, the car sat while life happened. To make matters worse, my Dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 90's. His condition weakened his motor skills to the point that he could not turn a wrench without extreme frustration. So a few years ago, I "purchased" the Camaro from my parents for the grand sum of $1 and made a promise to myself and my Dad to finish a project that we together couldn't all those years ago. I cannot wait for the day when I can take my parents out for a ride in the Camaro!
Now that I've got the means to do the restoration, I plan to follow through with the vision that my Dad and I had with a few added twists of my own, such as opting for a 4-speed instead of a TH350, adding a trunk lid and front valance spoiler, and going with an SS hood to dress it up a bit. I plan to do most of the work myself, with the exception of the body work. In fact, she'll be heading to the body shop next weekend to get the new quarters, wheel housings and trunk drop off's installed and prep'd for paint. Finally!
Thanks for reading my long post. In a few short weeks, I've gained a lot of information and knowledge from the forums here and hope that I can add to it over the next year or two for someone new like me.
Here's a couple pics of the car showing what she looks like currently. Will post more in follow on posts.
1968 Camaro Convertible - Base 327 with Powerglide, British Green with black top and interior
Restoration in Progress -
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.