About 2 years ago I had a 1998 BMW M Roadster. Well... we had a kid and my wife wanted a new car so I got her old IS250, she took the BMW and a Jeep WJ to trade in and got a mini countryman. Part of the "deal" with my wife was that I would get a new toy at some point down the road. Well I've been looking for said toy for a long time.
Pics of said roadster that is long gone but not forgotten:
Anyway the original thought was I would get a cheaper project car like a karmann ghia and fix it, sell it, and move up the chain. Eventually the goal was to get a 1967-69 camaro.
Well since we just paid off everything but the house and her mini I'm skipping all the intermediate steps and just buying a 1968 Camaro. Picked it up on Friday night!
There's some more in the album here: http://imgur.com/a/yWWpJ
It's a base model with the 250 l6 engine complete with drum brakes, 2-speed auto trans, stock everything, and only 20,000 ORIGINAL miles. Two owners had it before me. It's slow, it doesn't stop well and handling is only OK.
That said it is absolutely flawless. No rust anywhere. Not even surface rust on the frame. It had a rotissery resto in the 1990's and sat in a garage every day. The only rain it's seen has been over the last 6 weeks while it was being sold and even then it hasn't driven in the rain since the 1970's.
I already ordered 3 point seat belts and power front disc brakes. I look forward to many years on this site and hope to gain some brains from you guys who have been around a lot longer.
Plans for the car: 350 swap with TH350 tranny, minor interior stuff, etc.
On thing I did notice right off the bat is that the gas gauge isn't working. It moves slightly when I start it but it's pointed completely to the right (the hand is level with the ground). Any hints on what to do about this?
Also the spare tire seems to have the original paint on it: a slightly darker blue than what's on the car now. Is that the original color?
Anti-freeze: how do I determine what level it should be at? should it be full in the radiator or down a bit? It's about 4-5" down in the radiator right now. What kind of antifreeze?
Transmission: It's only the powerglide 2-speed right now but when it downshifts during deceleration it clunks when cold. Normal?
Regardless I drove it home and then out for dinner on Saturday. Seems to drive pretty well all things considered. A bit floaty but it is 44 years old. Looks like the subframe bushings are shot underneath it. Does that affect handling?