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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old May 18th, 15, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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New guy from Florida

I am a new guy who lives in the rural area of north central Florida. Just purchased a '68 Camaro - which is a belated high school graduation present to myself...graduated in 68.

Runs ok but the first things I need to do are:
1. Fix a leaking front seal in trans
2. Want to change all brakes to disc - any suggestions of what type?
3. Want to add an AC - any suggestions of what type?

Thanks

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old May 18th, 15, 10:41 AM
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Re: New guy from Florida

Welcome to Team Camaro
Both Baer and Wilwood manufacture quality aftermarket brake systems for front upgrade and rear conversion. I am using Baer on my '67.

Vintage Air and Classic Auto Air both make A/C kits, there are advantages to both, you may want to search through some the older posts to find comments on the installation and performance. I am leaning toward Classic however I have not purchased the system yet.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old May 18th, 15, 11:29 AM
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Re: New guy from Florida

Not sure where exactly you're at, but we (NPD, National Parts Depot, www.npdlink.com ) are located on I-75 in Ocala, FL, and we stock numerous options for disc brake conversions, a/c systems, you name it.

The beauty is you get to touch/feel/inspect it before you buy it, as we stock everything (360,000 sq ft warehouse).

Welcome to N. Central Florida!! I've lived in this area since 1971, and absolutely love it.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old May 18th, 15, 11:48 AM
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Re: New guy from Florida

Welcome Toyman,

One lesson I learned is to take it slow with the upgrades. I started with a running car and it was nice to do upgrades a little bit at a time, one to be nicer on my budget but also so that I could install something and get the car back on the road. Then find more downtime to take on the next project.

I am upgrading to C5 front disks but leaving my old drums in the back at least for now but I have no real reason to change them as they seem to work well and I'm not doing autocross anyway.

So far I have replace my engine with a built 383, new variable ratio power steering box, all new suspension, new tires and rims, new exhaust, added subframe connectors and a host of fixes like new driver's side door hinges

My next project is the C5 brake and spindle upgrade, and right now I am adding the Dakota Digital tail lights.

I have a modern digital but old looking stereo still in the box that I need to install and oh yeah some day like you I want to install a modern AC.

Eventually I want to do a repaint :-)

Lots and lots of projects but that is what makes it all fun!

Glad you found the site!

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old May 19th, 15, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Re: New guy from Florida

Thanks for the replies.

I too am taking it slow for a couple of reasons: 1. $$$$$. 2. My son is my restorer and he has a full time job which limits the time he can work on it.

Another question: my car does not have any type of temperature gauge. How do you guys that also do not have a gauge read your engine temperature? I suppose my question is what signs are you looking for?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old May 19th, 15, 08:33 AM
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Re: New guy from Florida

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I suppose my question is what signs are you looking for?
Detonation/piston rattle is a big one for overheating, but if it were me I'd put a temp gauge in so it doesn't get that far... Especially in Florida.

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