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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 13, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I've never owned a Camaro, but have been around Team Chevelle, the Chevy truck and Corvette forums for a while. My wife and I recently helped my son Reb buy his first car, a 1968 Camaro.

It was originally a 6 cyl car, but currently has a #519 Casting 283, with later Q-jet intake and a Carter carb. It still has a bench seat.

My plans are to make it reliable and replace the suspension and brakes as needed, possibly swapping in a stock 5.3L eng and trans at some point. My son is wanting to build a Z/28 lookalike and go fast in a straightline. We'll probably find ourselves somewhere in between.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 13, 09:01 AM
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Welcome. If you want to go with an LS, find a 6.0 instead of a 5.3- they're a little more $, but will help with that "going fast in a straight line" thing, while still giving you the driveability and gas mileage of the LS.

B sure to keep us posted on progress.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 8th, 13, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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Bob, thnks for the welcome. I've considered the 6.0, and I definitely understand the benefits of the bigger bore and extra stroke. We'll have to play it by ear. It's ultimately gonna come down to a balance of what he wants and the cost.

His car needs a radiator and gas tank, among other things to be driven. I hate to spend the $ on OE style parts, only to swap them out for LS compatible ones down the road. My son and I are just kickin around ideas at this point, but won't be doing much to the car until this fall when I get back to the states.

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Welcome, Paul , Thnaks for the service to both you and your family.

Good luck with the journey. I would buy items for the new power plant, such as the radiator and tank. They will work with the older items.

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