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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hey all.

I'm new here, so I thought I'd make my first post and give a little background on our Camaro.

My dad bought my mom a 68 Camaro Convertible (327, 2bbl with PG) from the original owner back in the early 80's. Before he gave it to her, he had a few minor things fixed and had it painted (original Cordovan Maroon). She didn't like the white stripe (D91) around the nose, so he left that off, and he also had them add some door moldings to protect against door dings. Since then, the car has been in storage and driven only on nice days in the summer.

As the car sits today (I will attempt to post a picture below), it's got around 75k original miles and other than the paint, it's almost completely original, down to original top - I say almost original because my dad did add beauty rings on the wheels to (as he put it) 'dress it up a little' and about 10 years ago, it needed some exhaust work, so we added dual exhaust.

Anyway, my parents got divorced over 20 years ago, so the car has been in her possession ever since. So now my mom is getting older and will soon be done driving anything without power steering or power brakes. So, because I have been the only one doing any work on this car over the last 20 years and she knows how much I love the car, she will gift the car to me (and my sister).

So I'm here to learn as much as I can about the car and what I can do to make it better/easier to drive but without defacing the originality of the car.

So I will be searching the forums and asking questions as I go to see what I can do and what I shouldn't do.

That's it for now! Thanks for reading.

Levi
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 07:26 AM
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Beautiful 68 drop top, welcome to the board.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 07:55 AM
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X2 on the car and correct year. Post cowl tag on firewall so we can see what you got. I love 68's. Welcome and thanks for sharing.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 09:01 AM
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Welcome, Levi
Correct year and looks awesome, thank you for taking care of her, she is holding her age well.

Ask away, but I must warn you, be prepared, others here may ask for pictures of OE configuration/items as she looks to be a survivor, if you don't mind.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
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I don't mind at all. Once she gets out of storage and back in my mothers garage, I should be able to get as many pics as requested.
My mom told me today that she still has the original window sticker for the car.

Any chance there is a build sheet somewhere in/on the car?

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 09:29 AM
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Welcome to Team Camaro!

If your car is as clean as that picture then I'd vote for keeping it just as it sits as there are few real survivors left.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 24th, 14, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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My short term goals are to get the mechanical/maintenance things checked out and fluids flushed and replaced. Things like brakes, suspension, ball joints, rear-end haven't been touched in YEARS.

I do tend to agree on the originality thing and I'll probably keep it the way it is - for now. It's a good solid original/survivor car, but honestly it's just not that fun to drive the way it is. I do really want to drive this car a lot more, so the few things I would like to do would only be to enhance the drive-ability of the car such as power steering and power brakes (and possibly front disc brakes). I will also get an additional set of rally wheels and tires to help improve the looks of it. I don't think any of those things would hurt the value or the 'originality' too much. A purist probably wouldn't want the the added PS or PB, but they aren't the ones driving it.

Also, and you can't really tell from the picture, but the original top has a small tear on rear the pass side where it folds and the rear window is so clouded you can't really even see through it. So that all will need to be replaced at some point as well.

Eventually (years down the road), the engine and trans will need a rebuild and the paint will need a refresher. At that time, I'll have the stripe put back on around the nose and remove the body moldings.


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If your car is as clean as that picture then I'd vote for keeping it just as it sits as there are few real survivors left.

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I forgot to mention, that this car has a red interior with the red standard buckets seats along with a column shift PG. It really is a very plane-Jane car.

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Great looking 68 and cool story on the cars life since you guys owned it.
I also vote to leave as-is and enjoy

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Excellent to keep her in the family. You should be able to accomplish your punch list to get her really road worthy. I just spent last year doing the main systems on my 69, finishing the brakes at the end of the season. Search will be your most useful tool in the toolbox.

I look forward to reading your restoration thread.

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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 14, 09:58 AM
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Welcome Levi! The car looks very nice.

Is the Side Moulding rivited on or stuck on?
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 14, 10:41 AM
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Wow... she is Purdy. The first thing you need to do is get rid of your sister. No reason to give her half the car.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old May 1st, 14, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Now that's funny.


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Wow... she is Purdy. The first thing you need to do is get rid of your sister. No reason to give her half the car.

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old May 1st, 14, 06:01 PM
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Welcome. Nice looking ride.
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