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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 13, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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First Classic Car, I'm Ready to Work!

Hello all, my name is AJ Interrante and I recently bought a 69 standard Camaro. It is a roller and it needs absolutely everything so get ready for a whole slew of questions coming from my end. Admittedly, I am young! But just because I am young doesn't mean I don't know what I am doing! It just means I don't know the technical term for what I am doing. I am a self taught mechanic, welder, electrician, and general jack of all trades so I have the general know how of what tool to use for the job and how to use it. When I am done with my car I want it to have a 1969 350 engine with an original muncie m21 and a ford 9" 3.73 rear. I am going in with all detroit speed suspension (front and rear) and also DSE front subframe connectors. I plan on going with a red seat, black carpet interior and a candy apple red paint job with those black Z28 stripes. I have a tight budget and don't have tons of money to throw at this thing, so I am always looking for a cheap (but effective!) way to fix any part of my car!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 30th, 13, 10:22 PM
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You appear to have the correct approach for someone that is just starting in the hobby.

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Welcome aboard AJ - Right attitude and right temper. Have at it and post some pictures.


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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old May 1st, 13, 09:50 AM
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Welcome aboard- it's a great hobby, and it sounds like you're off to a good start.

One thing I'd say is this- you mentioned a tight budget, and looking for a "cheap" way of doing things, and yet you specifically mention wanting a full DSE suspension kit. Unless you're planning on some serious pro-touring (autocross, etc), there are far less expensive solutions than DSE- you'll be throwing away quite a bit of money that you won't necessarily realize the benefit from, IMO.

Your first task should be to define exactly what you want the car to do. A full DSE suspension suggests a pro-touring route, while an original '69 350, M21 and Ford 9" rear suggests something different to me. What are you looking to accomplish with the build?
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Welcome to the forum AJ! Try to post a few pics of the car when you get a chance.

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you mentioned a tight budget, and looking for a "cheap" way of doing things, and yet you specifically mention wanting a full DSE suspension kit. Unless you're planning on some serious pro-touring (autocross, etc), there are far less expensive solutions than DSE- you'll be throwing away quite a bit of money that you won't necessarily realize the benefit from, IMO.
Well said Bob....

I usually ask a few questions before I make any suggestions to determine the best possible bang for the buck.

I think many guys spend more than they need or will use. I pride myself in asking as many questions as possible before making a decision on what is best for the customer’s hard earned money.

First question is what do you have for goals for the car once it is done? Is it going to be a factory restoration, daily driver/weekend cruiser, weekend warrior/drag car, Pro-Touring/handling machine, etc.

Second question is do you need and/or plan to improve the braking & steering systems to compliment any suspension upgrades?

Third question is do you have a specific budget in mind?


We have some great subframe connectors available in two different styles: weld-in pictured 1st and then bolt in pictured 2nd.

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And BMR builds some great stuff- I've got their trans crossmember in my LS-swapped '69, and it's a really sweet piece. If their suspension parts are as clean as the crossmember was, you'd be in great shape with their stuff.
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Welcome, AJ.
Nice plan and congrats on the purchase.
Keep the faith and take plenty of notes and pictures for later reference.
maybe a logbook of the progress, sketches of changes from OE design, part numbers of parts used, wiring changes, etc.
It can come in handy later in life. We do tend to forget as we get older.

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And BMR builds some great stuff- I've got their trans crossmember in my LS-swapped '69, and it's a really sweet piece. If their suspension parts are as clean as the crossmember was, you'd be in great shape with their stuff.

Thank Bob! Did you get any pics of the install yet? I know your probaby pretty busy with other things right now...
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Thank Bob! Did you get any pics of the install yet? I know your probaby pretty busy with other things right now...
Once I get it moved to the new shop and can get it up in the air again, I'll get some pics. Right now I can't even get near it with all the junk my wife has stacked in the garage....lol
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