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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 14, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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Stationed in Tampa with the wife. Currently hunting feverishly for a 1st gen to call my own. In the mean time this site allows me to research and learn more about the car I want. Thanks for having me.
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Welcome, Kaine.
Do your work, as you plan.
Then come up with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices.

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Welcome from the other side of the state

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Hey Kaine,
Welcome aboard. I just relocated to the Clearwater area from Mass...great area to live in, and my understanding is that there's a very active Camaro/Classic Car population here.

Do you have any idea what you're leaning towards?

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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 14, 08:56 AM
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Lobstah, Welcome aboard as well. This area is really nice, especially in the Winter (more like everyone else's Summer). After a while you get used to the Humid rainy Summer Season
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'68 is the correct year (or so I'm told...).

Anyway I'd suggest going to the build thread section and look at the start of some of those threads. You'll see all the places where they rust and you'll learn exactly what to look for before you start negotiating prices.

Oh and ALWAYS bring a magnet.

Welcome aboard! I bought mine a year and a half ago and, though my engine is a tad different from 99% of other camaros, I've learned a lot from these guys.

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I recently bought my 68 and I can provide you with what I did. First, http://classiccars.com/listings/find...evrolet/camaro currently has ~400 1st gens which is a great sampling of cost, features & quality. I also searched CL, not only SpaceCoast where I am, but also South Florida, Heartland, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Daytona...the bigger markets and all within a reasonable drive. Daytona holds a Turkey Rod Run in March & November. Lots of good hands on there, but pricey. http://justmusclecars.com/ usually has a couple. I made a spreadsheet listing the different cars and their features. I prioritized based on my desirements. It really helped keep track of the details. It gets overwhelming pretty quick.

If I knew then what I know, I may have made a different choice or two. Mainly, I would like to have a 5-speed to reduce rpms on the highway & around town. It's harder to justify it after the purchase. If you are rebuilding that may not be an issue. I found rebuilding costs a LOT more. I routinely saw rusty, non-drivers for 10-15k, where you can drive off in a low mileage resto for 20-25k. I didn't have the time, $, space, knowledge or desire to rebuild, but I will never be able to say, "yeah I built that". I have to say, "I'm making it better" which I'm good with.

Pick up a "Kevin's Cruise News" mag to hit the local (FL) car shows. I'm sure there's Camaro clubs over there too. One last point is individual owners are more willing to take a loss where dealers aren't. Dealers also take out taxes.

Happy hunting.

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One piece of advice that I'd recommend following...
If someone is selling a "restored" or "solid" car...ask them for before and after pictures.
Other experienced car guys all thought my car was "solid"...right until I stripped it down for a frame-off.
I found fiberglass fillers in the floor pans, rust in the toe boards and rockers, etc.

I now have pics of the rebuild of my car, showing installation of the one piece underbelly that went from firewall to the rear valance, including rear frame rails, etc.
So when I say the car is "rust-free"...I can prove it

Bottom line, if you don't have that documentation, be prepared to do a frame-off to get it right. That may be worse case scenario, but it's real. Without pics, everything is unknown...and you can spend a LOT of money and a LOT of time getting it safe and right.

My body shop called me over one day and showed me the rear shock towers, that had looked pretty solid before media blasting. It was clear that if I had really launched the car, the shocks would have probably gone through the rear windshield

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Thanks for having me guys. I may have to thin the herd before I grab my Camaro project. Trying to close on 5 acres I found in Riverview with a 40x80' barn.
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Thanks for having me guys. I may have to thin the herd before I grab my Camaro project. Trying to close on 5 acres I found in Riverview with a 40x80' barn.
40' x 80' barn... good planning

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