I've been snooping around looking for a good, active first gen Camaro forum. I think I found the right one.
When I was a Junior in High School ('88), the '72 Nova my dad and I fixed up was hit and totaled. I took that insurance money and picked up a rough '68 RS 327 Camaro. It was up and running shortly after HS graduation in 1989.
There were a lot of miles put on that car. A lot of drag racing at the local strip (and dark empty streets west of Salt Lake City).
Soon life took over. I parked the Camaro when I got a "real" job and while I put myself through college. Then I got married, had a couple kids (now 9 and 11). The entire time, the Camaro has sat patiently in the garage, gathering dust.
I started my own company about 2 years ago and good things seem to be starting to happen. I might have a little cash to put into the car and get 'er back on the road in the near future. Plus, it's time to introduce my 11 year old boy to a car that is fun to work on.
It's a '68 RS, came with a 327 and factory A/C. Although it had a Pontiac V8 in it when I picked it up. We put in a warmed over 350. Nothing fancy, streetable. My pops is a Mopar guy. He had a Chrysler 8.75" 3.91 posi rear end laying around. So we replaced the Chevy rear axle with that. With a rebuilt / shift-kit TH350 transmission, the 3.91's aren't exactly freeway friendly. But I remember it would really throw you back in the seat off the line pretty good. Back in those days, running high 13's /low 14's at altitude (5000 feet) was good. Yes, a lot has changed.
- Put the A/C back in. I'm newer to the 40 years old thing, but A/C sounds way better now than it did when I was 19.
- Get the vacuum headlights working. When I was 19, getting out at dusk to open the covers was no big deal. Again, in the early 40's, that doesn't have the same appeal.
- Bigger/dual electric fans. It tends to run warm while going slow.
- Serpentine belt/pulleys (since I have to fit the A/C compressor in anyway).
- Take care of a few missing trim pieces.
- Lower the rear-end a bit. At the time, it was cool to have the back end up there.
- Re-do the front control arms.
Plenty of other things like an overdrive 4-speed transmission, but this is a start which won't break the bank immediately.
Anyway, it's good to be here. I'm looking forward to seeing the latest and greatest is in first gen Camaro's!