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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hey fellas,
I've just purchased a 1968 Roller. In need of a complete restoration. I'm sure I will be needing tons of advice along the way. My dad built 1st gens all his life and I want to restore one myself to honor him. I have basic knowledge of how to work on a car but I know there are thousands of new things I will need to learn along this exciting new journey!

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 11:44 AM
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Welcome Dwight, looks like you have a good project there. Great group of Camaro lovers and wealth of knowledge here so don't hesitate to ask as you progress along your journey and good luck with the project.

BTW, what are your plans for the car as far as type of restoration and drive train you are planning on?

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not too sure what exactly drivetrain is. I know by definition it has to do with the transfer of power from the engine to the wheels. But as for knowing what to put on my Camaro, I'm not too positive. I know right now, it needs bodywork so I've been doing my best to research. I've literally become obsessed with gaining knowledge.

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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As for the type of restoration, I know I don't want to make it a show room car because I want it to be a weekend driver. But me being in the military I'm a very detail oriented person so I know ill end up trying to make things perfect!

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Welcome Dwight!

We are over in Tampa, if you ever get down this way, give me a Call & come by our Facility

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'll actually be down in Tampa tomorrow but won't be making it until about 930pm

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By drive train I meant what were you planning on for an engine, and what you you planning on for a transmission. I assumed since you called it a roller it had neither when you took ownership of it?

You make make a fine weekend driver out of that, enjoy the process.

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Welcome, Dwight.
Correct year for your next journey.
Start a logbook for keeping any parts and mods from OE design. It will be worth its weight in gold later in life.
Use anitseize on bolts for later in life removal.

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Welcome to TC... It's interesting how our addiction to 1st Gens involve our dads.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Mar 13th, 14, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks a ton for the tips Everett! I'll be sure to keep a log and take photos of everything for my records. What's your favorite qualities about a 1968 VS the other years?

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Scott,
I've really not thought about the engine size yet. I've considered trying to find an original engine and restoring it. But on the other hand I've thought about searching for a crate engine.

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Ty,
I agree with you! I remember helping my dad sand Camaro panels as a child!

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Thanks a ton for the tips Everett! What's your favorite qualities about a 1968 VS the other years?
You're welcome.
Sixty-eight has:
RPO WWD (Wing Window Delete)
No cellulite wrinkles in the quarter panel like the '69's have.

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I didn't know about the wrinkles glad I chose the 68!

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