First off - Welcome to Team CAMARO
Next, the main thing to check for in your part of the country is RUST
Nothing takes the
out of a new project purchase faster than finding all the 'hidden' rust the previous owner sorta-forgotta-tell-ya about
Rust in these vehicles can be a real challenge for even those with mad craftsman skills, let alone a guy just trying to get started in the hobby. This work costs a ton to have done by professionals ... Money better spent finding a better starting point for your project in most cases
Engine, trans and driveline work is to be expected unless your buying a truly 'restored' from ground up vehicle.
Some minor body work and paint follow the same rules.
Interior stuff is also something along these lines, but can be done by most with simple instruction.
The above are, or can be, usually pretty resonably priced if you use common sense and do a little competitive shopping.
That Rust stuff will kill any budget once you get into major repairs
Good hunting, and post up photos and questions of cars you're considering on here for lots of feedback and recommendations on it ...