I have been lurking for quite awhile and asked a few questions, but this is my first official post to introduce myself. I have always dreamed of owning a first generation Camaro and an SS car especially. For the last few years I have owned Oldsmobiles ('69, '71, '72 small & big block Cutlasses) but couldn't afford a 442 at the time which is also a dream car of mine. But after owning those three vehicles I set my sights on something new.
After a lot of help from this forum
about a '67 plain jane Camaro that I was interested in buying, I decided to pass on it and glad I did. After that experience I chose to open up my search to the entire US and go for the color of my dreams - dark blue (deepwater/fathom or dusk). Soon after I came across a 1968 fathom blue RS/SS on craigslist in Arizona. I called the owner and got a lot of detailed information. Unfortunately he then told me someone who was after the car for awhile and was "supposedly" coming that day to possibly buy it. After many more questions I decided to purchase the car and sent him a deposit. I'm rambling so...let me get to the details.
- 3 owner California black plate car all its life except for the last ten years in Arizona
- Solid car except for some minor bubbling in the bottom of the fenders and one near the rear window channel. Owner didn't mention this to me, but I still would have gone thru with the deal had I known. I will probably do a separate thread on this soon to address it.
- Original 350 w/ 2-speed Powerglide included in the sale. Code V0815MU stamped on the pad. Currently running a 383 Stroker. I still need to check the date code on the axle and for some reason cannot locate the VIN on the powerglide. It is painted black; should it be?
- Original motor has approximately 100k miles on it and I plan to rebuild it and drop it back into the car and likely sell the Stroker/TH-350.
- Car was driven very little the last 30 years according to the PO
- Optioned with custom interior, floor shift, rear defroster and rear speaker. Original AM radio still works!
- Steering wheel looks like an Impala SS wheel, but the seller insists its completely original. Being a Van Nuys car, Ed Bertrand mentions it is possibly original to the car
- PO said the car still carries its original paint from factory. I find this hard to believe, but cannot find any evidence to disprove this claim.
Below are some photos...I still need to go through the car with a fine tooth comb and drive it but unfortunately the weather has not cooperated. Looking forward to learning more about my car and learning from the vast knowledge available here!