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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 19th, 13, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all! I'm new here.

Hey everyone. I'm Ryan from Toledo, Ohio and as you can figure from the title I'm new. I'm a 20-year-old college student in pursuit of a Computer Science degree, but I've always had a thing for cars. I have a bit of experience working on cars, but not as much as I would like to. I hope to learn a ton from you guys as I progress through my upcoming project.

My last attempt was a '71 Nova, but I didn't know what to look for and I bought a total junker. Luckily I was able to get rid of it without losing too much, but I definitely want to avoid that situation again.

Although I don't own a Camaro yet, I am in the final stages of purchasing a '81 Z28. As an intro request, I'd appreciate it if I could get a brief list of last-minute things to check before purchasing this car. I've had a trusted mechanic check it out and everything seems good so far but I want to cover as many bases as possible. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 19th, 13, 07:36 PM
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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 ...

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Sorry for the delayed response. Just moved into a new place and I'm just now getting settled. Not sure how to post photos from my phone, but I'm giving it a shot now. Here's my purchase being unloaded. I'll be sure to post more when I get internet on the desktop computer again. As per the tips, I went back with my mechanic and we found this to be "one of the most rust-free Camaros" he's seen in a long time.
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Welcome, Ryan.
Since you have the Camaro, and a nice one, I guess checking to ensure the title has no issues and the VIN matches the Camaro's VIN is kindda late.

Enjoy the journey.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 13, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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It is indeed too late for that tip, Everett, but don't worry, I actually did remember to do that before. everything is OK.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 13, 02:03 PM
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Welcome to the site Ryan! The car looks like a solid car from Ohio! I am from NE Ohio so I know what your dealing with when looking for a project.

Do you have any plans for it yet? Let me know if you have any plans for the suspension

The guys at V8TV recently shot a great install and results video of our kit on a customers 71 Firebird, which is virtually the same chassis as your car:


http://youtu.be/NRKGqDRSLgc


We will be at the Columbus Goodguys show July 12-14 so stop by and see the suspension in person!
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 13, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well for the most part I'm thinking just an occasional driver. Possibly just to school and back when it's nice out (about a mile round-trip). So for now I'm not looking to put too many aftermarket parts into it. I'll be sure to post with any questions or concerns when I do get to working on it.

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Sounds like a good plan...... keep us all posted as the car comes together. Don't see enough 74-81 Camaros here.
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