Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Stillwtater, OK
Newb from Oklahoma- "College Budget" 68 Camaro
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...