Posted this first on Lateral-g, but figured I'd post it here also...
Picked up a 68 Camaro a couple of months ago and immediately became overwhelmed with the amount of work needed. Ya'll make it look easy! The car is already stripped and has a very large portion of the sheet metal already replaced (doors, roof skin, quarters, fenders, rockers, floor pan, truck pan). For the life of me, I don't understand why the previous "builder" didn't media blast the car before doing anything. I can see spots that should have be hit with the POR15 they used or got the thing blasted. But it still leaves me with plenty to do. I've got a 396 block for it, but no transmission. I intend to stay with the 396 as long as the block checks out, but plan to stay with a big block regardless if it doesn't. Not sure what transmission I will need (thinking TH400 or a 7r400). Currently has a 10 bolt rear, no idea of gear, but I imagine I will need to at least go 12 or maybe even 9" when the time comes. Seems I'll need to get the rear, 4 link and mini-tub all at the same time to make it all work together. Not sure on that yet...I'm new to all this!
While trying to decide on pro-street, resto-mod, or pro-touring I became overwhelmed again! I think it's easy to do in this craft!
However, my wife and I decided we really like the look of the pro-touring, but don't need the high end suspension systems (air bags, etc) that are out there. So many choices it is mind boggling! I like the aggressive stance, current brakes, bigger rims, etc.
My plans include disc brakes, mini-tub (but might go with a 4 link for better ride and comfort), and new front suspension components (UCA/LCA).
Currently has multi-leaf springs, traction bar, and subframe connectors. I've already pulled the front clip off and getting ready to pull the motor this evening.
Here's a pic of where it was at before I started removing panels.
Still some body work left to do, but I will more than likely farm that out along with the paint.
Not real sure where I am going to start first so any suggestions? I was thing of starting with the front suspension first and getting that out of the way and then brakes. Then mini-tub, rear...then farm out for body work and paint. Suggestions please...
How can I tell if the car was a P/S or AC car?