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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 11, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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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?

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Welcome, Sean. Nice project and now would be the time to have paint applied as it is stripped, at least get drain hole covers, seal them in, the oval hole covers, and paint the interior. JMT's.

As far as detrmining A/C, the firewall harness would have a high speed relay for the blower motor just above the pass fenderwell and, if the firewall had not been replaced, a vertical rectanglar hole for the AC suitcase to cover when mounted. Right now, all I see is a single orange blower motor power wire denoting no A/C and a SBC heater core since the nipples are behind the pass cyl head as opposed to being directly over the pass side frame caged nut above the subframe. Also, interior ductwork would have the center outlet duct above the heater controls and a vacuum actuator for recycling interior air mounted in the cowl panel behind the pass hood hinge. So from the pictures, I would say a non-A/C car.

PS would have the steering box with two hose ports on the very top rear of the box, if OE box is still there.

I see a clutch pedal. I would search for shifter hole dimensions for the tunnel, cut it in, and intall a std trans. Leave the traction rod. As I said, JMT's. Your car and having the Wife's approval is the key. Good luck with your journey.
Any other items in the basket(s) coming along with the car?
Or do you have to buy everything and start from scratch?

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Welcome to the site. I'd do a LOT of reading here, at Pro-touring.com and Lateral-G.net before making any decisions. There are some great threads out there on suspension options, for example: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?74073. If you search you'll find just about all the information you'll ever need on these three boards.

If it were me, and if I was interested in a pro-touring car, I'd rethink the big block. As wonderful as they are (I cut my teeth on a "375"hp, 396) they are pretty much Jurassic technology now. You can get as much power as you want, excellent fuel economy and the reliability of a rock with an LSx series engine.

Restoring these cars is EXPENSIVE; restoring and modernizing these cars is ungodly EXPENSIVE. If you go forward, do it with the idea that this is a marathon and not a sprint.

Good luck!

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