Hello from Ontario Canada 68
Hello all. New to the site here and have my fathers first gen 68 camaro ss coupe that has been in the family since new and had planned to help restore it back to original with him, but he got sick and plans to do it were shelved. Unfortunately I won't get the opportunity to work on it with him, and am looking at restoring it in memory of him and my mother who previously passed on. The car has a lot of sentimental value growing up and the good times our family had back in the 70's and 80's, the memories and camaro were always a blast, to say the least.
Although it was my fathers car, my mother ran with the best of them; even with no power steering, she hit the gears right and blew the doors off of more than a few opponents.
Previous conversations with my dad were to de-tune it a bit so it could be driven as daily/weekend driver. It has a big block 396 with an M22 manual trans/ posi rear, blue with white pin stripping.
We talked about getting a donor car for a body since it has sat for so long, albeit covered, but here in Canada rust has taken its toll on just about everything. Given the uni-body structure, am hesitant to consider replacing all the panels what would probably be most of the car anyway and since it will be driven, wanted it to be structurally sound. So at this point, am considering in this order, a new repro body, donor car, and lastly total body reconstruction. Since it is numbers matching all around and was a special order car, it would be great to maintain as much as possible on that front, but am faced with the structural issues since it has sat for so long. It may take some time and that’s ok, but wanted to do it right so hope this site can answer some questions.
Thanks for listening. Comments are greatly appreciated.