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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 12, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone. I just hauled home a '68 Camaro. Its a standard model with a 210 hp 327 and a 4 speed, factory red. It needs everything! The body has alot of rust, so quarter panel surgery will be required... also floorboard and trunk repair too.

Its more or less all original, but in sadly neglected condition. I am the 2nd legal owner.

I'll post some pics soon!

Looking forward to being a member of the team!
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Congrats on the purchase, Joe and welcome to the center of the first gen Camaro universe!

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327 L30, K-K, Deluxe int, tach & gauges, 12 bolt posi, 4 speed.

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 12, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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A few pics... its on stands because I am rebuilding the drum brakes just so I can 'yard drive' it.

As you can see, this thing needs ALOT of work... driver's side quarter is already replaced. I will be replacing the passenger side quarter and some of the floorpans.





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Welcome aboard... I'm restoring an LF7 68 Convertible now, will look forward to seeing your progress! Looks like a nice car.

Follow my build project here...

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Nice....Welcome to the board...two things come to mind (in retrospect, concerning my own path)....unless you have the time to do a complete resto from start to finish....get in driveable and ENJOY IT! Mine has sat in the garage for years waiting to be complete before I take it out.....you can work on it as you go, as long as It is SAFE to drive...use it.

Second: When you start getting into it, always be aware that as you intend to fix/replace something....something else will pop up that needs to be done.....and sometimes it never seems to end....lol

Most of all....keep it original, enjoy it, enjoy it, have fun with your new toy!
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Welcome to the TC Crew, Joe.

Pay close attention to the 5th post...a lot of experience that you can benefit from there.

Sure hope that you can do most of the work yourself...as to farm it out, sure gets $$$$.

Set out a plan, decide your priorities...and the cost factor, eh?

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Welcome, Joe. Nice project
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Hey Joe, welcome aboard. Always nice to see someone excited by a new project.


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Welcome Joe!
I cant tell you how much Team Camaro has helped me. I have a 69 RS and it was in bad (drive train) shape. But after about 2 1/2 years and alot of help from this site, I am up and running and loving every second of it. There is a lot of people/tech's on the site that know there "stuff". Good luck
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Welcome to Team Camaro. Looks like a good start.

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Welcome to team camaro. I have been watching this car on c/l. It's really cool to see it on this forum. I can't wait to see it restored. Bob
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 14, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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OK, here's an update. 2 years later, LOL. Life has been getting in the way of my hot rodding... but I'm back at giving the camaro some attention.

After I finished rebuilding the brakes, I had all the rusty sheet metal replaced, which was extensive. I found a good body shop (SC autocraft) to do the really heavy surgery. New frame rails, new trunk, both new quarters (full), new rockers, new package tray/reat seat area, new gas tank, new shock mounts... pretty much everything aft of the doors is all new steel. I also have new inner/outer fenders, new battery tray, scored an original cowl hood, and new lower valance since I'll be converting to RS grill.

Its not much to look at right now, but basically everything that is black is new metal. This wasn't cheap, but everything I farmed out to the body shop has been done the right way. They did all the work on their frame rack to make sure everything on the car was going together straight. Its a great feeling to have all rust free sheet metal with no bondo.












It turns out that the engine that I THOUGHT was a 327 was actually a 283 when I ran the numbers. That 283 engine ran great, but I want to burn rubber, and a 283 is not enough of the cubic inch stuff, so I ran an ad on craigslist and promptly sold this engine.





I put together a 350 engine. I scored a re-ringed 4 bolt main short block from a drift/racer dude in Puyallup. The bearings in it didn't look bad, but I put in new rods/mains anyway along with a new oil pump. I used some 58cc -416 heads that I had sitting around from an old HO 305. I refreshed those and did a couple tricks to 'em to make them work with the 350. I figure its around 9-9.5:1 compression with the stock dish type pistons. It had some kind of rowdy cam in the block already so I left it in there. The drift guy didn't remember the specs but he said it was 'one or two grinds above an RV'. It sounds pretty brutal through headers and it is definitely not stock. I topped it off with old school 'vette covers, vintage edelbrock C4B intake, pro-comp electronic distributor and a holley 600 that I rebuilt myself.









Lately I've been using it as a test mule for different carbs I have. It now has a 650 carter AFB that I had sitting around. I'm really wanting to get this out and drive it soon. I just called my auto glass buddy to order a windshield. He says it will be here tomorrow, and he'll come glue it in. I'm going to put the front clip on and the tail lights, cobble up an exhaust and a couple other things, and actually drive this sucker. The good weather is here, and I just want to get it out and cruise it. No interior, no paint, no glass, and I don't care. Its a hot rod, and it will work fine as is, at least for august.




The important thing here is that you ask me what kind of car I've got. "I've got a BITCHIN' CAMARO"
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Welcome Joe!
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I'm new to this forum just like you I recently purchase a 67 rs convertible project car. I've had a 67 coupe (first car) for over 35 years which sadly I'm using as my donor for parts. In 2009 I purchased a brand new 2010 2SS/RS to forget about old cars. Couldn't resist purchasing my project car, I put the 2010 in storage and have worked on assembling and dismantling two 67's in my garage. The money has been flowing out the garage door. One project leads to another. I just added new front and rear suspension - to OEM standards, and im in the middle of installing new engine with a 4 speed tranny. Hoping to complete within three summers. To sum it up - there is something special about 1st gen camaros, they are lots of work, but it dosent take a rocket scientist to be able to work on them. Have fun and hopefully we can both help each other out restoring these classics!
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