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Hi, I'm new here from Oklahoma. My name is Brice. I'm a senior at Oklahoma State University. I've been lurking and doing research on this forum for quite a while but didn't join until I picked up a 1968 camaro roller on Saturday. This will be the start of what I'm going to call project "College Budget" because of how poor I am. I guess I should give you a little more background about myself. I grew up around cars because my dad owns a mechanic shop. He just does general maintenance/repairs mostly on farm trucks but I have worked at his shop a couple summers and gained general mechanical knowledge. I have had the itch to get a first gen camaro since I was in high school. My dad's friend has a very original 1969 camaro RS 350 that was always at his shop and I got to drive that car to prom. After driving that car I was thoroughly disappointed with the performance of what I considered my "dream car". That's when I started doing research and was introduced to the pro-touring scene. Although I pay for all of my college by myself, I have still been able to save up somewhat of a "car fund" by working hard over the summers. About a year ago I bought a stock 1998 firebird formula (ls1/auto) for $1700. It had high miles and needed work. After having a total of $4000 into the car after 6 months I traded it (plus $1,000) for a 1998 firebird formula (ls1/t56) prepped for road racing that came with a ton of spare parts. I put about $1,000 into getting that car running/driving right but I sold 1 of the 3 sets of CCW wheels for $1000 to cover that cost. A week ago I sold that car (without the 2 sets of CCWs I had left and some spare brake parts) for about $8,000. So now I have 7-8k in my car fund to start this project. I don't want to say exactly what I paid for the '68 but it was in the 2-4k range. That doesn't leave me with very much money to put into this project right now, but my hope is to have the car running/driving with decent suspension/brakes and LS motor by the end of the year. The roller I bought is very incomplete and is missing a Ton of parts. Unfortunately that's what you get with first gens for 2-4k. I haven't researched the fisher plate/vin yet but the previous owner claimed it was originally an ash gold car, with an aluminum headed big block (L89), and a 4 speed. So if that's true then it was most likely an SS. The car doesn't have much rust but unfortunately had some hack work done on it. Someone that apparently didn't know how to use a tape measure, plasma cutter, grinder, or welder tried to replace the floor pans and mini tub the rear. I will be properly fixing all of that which is going to be the hardest part of this project since I don't know how to weld yet. The car already has a 9" rear end partially mocked up so I will be keeping that. Other plans include lowering leafs, good shocks, hotchkis front springs, sway bars, C4 hd 13" brakes, 17" wheels, and 5.3L/4l60e. Since I am on such a tight budget I am going to be looking at swap meets/Craigslist like a hawk and trying to find good condition used parts for a price I can afford. Any donations of time/money/parts are greatly appreciated! I might start a build thread here if I have time but also plan on doing a build thread on Lateral-g. The help you guys provide on this forum is very valuable though! Here's a couple pictures...
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 14, 07:26 PM
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Brice - Welcome aboard Team Camaro. Seems like a few of you picked up 68 rollers this past weekend. I look forward to your progress - always nice to see young blood take interest in a first gen.


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Re: Newb from Oklahoma- "College Budget" 68 Camaro

Welcome Brice and sounds like you have a solid plan for this car, keep us posted on your progress - and lots of good info here

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Hey, you're luckier than most of us were if you've actually got a budget while in college.

I actually had my first '69 while I was in college "that my daddy bought me" (but they were still cheap then) and was blessed to live in the great state of Georgia where the state lottery paid for your tuition as long as you kept your grades up. That along with a few other scholarships, plus working summers, then eventually a co-op job gave me a little money.....after partying, girls, etc enough to keep gas in it anyway. Oh, and I just sold it this weekend.

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Re: Newb from Oklahoma- "College Budget" 68 Camaro

Welcome, Brice - and as Steiner says - college with a budget? Go for it.
Correct year and you should start a logbook for all parts, work, and changes to the electrical system as you go along - as we get older, we tend to forget.

The front fenders are from a Firebird, hence the deflector shields for air flow.

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Welcome aboard Brice. Other than going to the "wrong" school, you are a very welcome addition. Just kidding of course. I have a brother and nephew who graduated from OSU and lots of friends.
You are way ahead of the game having gained experience at your dad's shop. My dad was not at all into cars, and never could figure out what or why. He was a great wood worker, though. You have also figured out how to use your skills to trade up. That will come in handy.
Anyway, I am a straight shot down I-35 from you. Sherri and I are on a small acreage in SE Edmond.
I bought my first 69 Z/28 in the summer of 1971. My current car was acquired in 1976. I traded an Opel for it. Your 68 looks like a good start. Better than a lot of us started with.
Your VIN will only confirm the car is a V8 from the factory. Will start with 124378 if it is a V8 car.
No driveline info on the trim tag in 68. It will tell you original paint color and original interior style and color, along with date of manufacture.

NCRS is providing a service starting this year (should be up and running in April) that MAY allow you to find out the original selling dealer. Possibly some other info in certain circumstances. L89 cars are uber rare. Probably not an L89 car with drum brakes. Although discs were not required for SS in 68, it seems most guys getting the performance upgrade would go with discs. That would be worth investigating. The NCRS service will not provide nearly as much info as the Pontiac guys get from PHS, but it is more than we have had available in the Camaro world. In some ways, you will have much more fun with the car if it isn't something particularly rare. Just build it the way you like it.

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Welcome to the addiction. You don't have to be a business major to know an LS swap should cost you 10k minimum, never mind everything else you car needs. Hey...that is why we call it the addiction.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 14, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Your VIN will only confirm the car is a V8 from the factory. Will start with 124378 if it is a V8 car.
No driveline info on the trim tag in 68. It will tell you original paint color and original interior style and color, along with date of manufacture.

NCRS is providing a service starting this year (should be up and running in April) that MAY allow you to find out the original selling dealer. Possibly some other info in certain circumstances. L89 cars are uber rare. Probably not an L89 car with drum brakes. Although discs were not required for SS in 68, it seems most guys getting the performance upgrade would go with discs. That would be worth investigating. The NCRS service will not provide nearly as much info as the Pontiac guys get from PHS, but it is more than we have had available in the Camaro world. In some ways, you will have much more fun with the car if it isn't something particularly rare. Just build it the way you like it.
Thank you for this information! I wasn't assuming the car was actually anything special, and this just confirms that there isn't really a way to tell yet. I might try to look into it more, but I don't feel too bad about cutting up the car since it's already been hacked on.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 14, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Newb from Oklahoma- "College Budget" 68 Camaro

Thank you for the warm welcome guys! It's day 4 of owning the car and I have it stripped down to the tub, bought DSE 3" drop leaves off craigslist for $240 from Craig (the owner of Padgham Truck Accessories in Del City) and have started fixing the bad fiberglass job on the firewall. I also have a lead on a 68 subframe that is supposed to have all new suspension/steering components for $300. I have held out on ordering any parts yet because there is a big swap meet in Duncan, OK that I plan on attending later this week.
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Tell me more about the Duncan swap meet. Any on line info?

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Tell me more about the Duncan swap meet. Any on line info?
Here is a link to a website they have. It looks like it's going to be pretty big with 140,000 square feet indoors and 42 acres outside. Thurursday-Saturday. http://www.duncanokswapmeet.com/
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Hey Brice. Great to have another Okie. Ditto on Lynns school comments! I'm across the road from Lynn in Edmond. Let us know if you need any help.

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welcome to t.c. lots of good info and help , just for your info that's a 67 firebird front clip on your Camaro

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 14, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Newb from Oklahoma- "College Budget" 68 Camaro

Thanks for the info guys! I could tell they were Firebird fenders when I got it, but they need to be replaced anyways due to being pretty rough. I'll be looking for used OEM 68 camaro fenders at the swap meet.
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