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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 12, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hello folks. I've already posted a reply in the Bench Racing section regarding the Gulf Z/28 Commercial before even introducing myself. Hope that wasn't rude.

I am an orginal owner of what we believe to be the first Z/28 Camaro ordered from a Chevy dealer in Beaufort County NC. With the help of Dad, I placed the order in March 1969 and took delivery May 10, 1969. I was 43 days shy of turning 16 at the time.

Still have the car (and most of the documentation from the day of purchase). I did a (mostly) cosmetic touchup in the 80's and took the car to a number of shows from NC to GA to FL to OH at the time. Then I became a dad and so the Z has been in storage for most of the past 25 years while I paid for a daughter's long journey to college and beyond.

During the mid-80's, I was deeply involved with the United States Camaro Club that was headquartered in the Dayton OH area. For a while, I was Contributions Editor for Camaro Corral magazine, a publication of the club.

In September 2011, I put the Camaro in a professional restoration shop about 45 miles from here for a rotisserie restoration from the body shell out. Hope to have it back home by Christmas 2012. A photo history of the restoration (so far) can be found at www.clarkclassic.com. Click on "Current Projects" and then click "Michael's 1969 Z/28".

I'm a grad of NC State with BSEE, a member of IEEE, NSPE and SAE. In terms of motorsport, I'm loyal fan of Indycar and enjoy Formula 1 and ALMS from time to time. May sound weird for a North Carolina boy, but I don't do much with the NASCAR thing.
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Neat story and welcome to the forum-we've been getting more Carolinians as of late.

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Michael welcome to the site. That is a cool history of your car. I have never seen a shop take so many pics of a restoration as you have.

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Michael welcome to Team Camaro
Very nice Z, just looked at your restoration pics
Approximately how much does it cost to have a professional shop do the restoration?if you don't mind me asking
Thanks Gary

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 12, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Gary, if I type the number, I might pass out. Labor is $54 hour at this shop. Not shown in photos is the engine rebuild at another professional shop ($3,700). Total is just over the six digit mark.
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Michael, I I like the jacket in your first pict, I have one of those, welcome.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 3rd, 12, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks John! I bought it back in the day from Honest Charley.
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Welcome, Michael.
Thanks for the pictures and the story.
Nice Camaro. Enjoy the site.

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Welcome Michael. I went to Raleigh for the first time about a month ago. It was the best drive I have had in a long time... If I decide to move it will be in NC...

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