So back in 1981 I had a neighborhood person that loved to buy and work on muscle cars. He had a 1970 Chevelle SS, 1968 Corvette and a 1970 RS/SS Camaro.
His wife lost her job and they were expecting their first kid so she said he had to sell at least one car so the 1970 Camaro was the car he had just finished and was not his favorite car.
I made and offer and he sold me the car, I drove the car unit 1988 when it was put into storage due to being in military and not able to move multiple cars to every duty station.
Here is a picture of my wife and I back in 1987 or 1988 with the car and a few shot from where we lived in back then:
So after I got out of military we were busy trying to start new life and car sat in storage. Years went by and in 2012 my mothers new husband was a car buff and was working on his current project. He said I should sell him my Camaro, I laughed and said no I plan on restoring it soon. He said when his car was done we would start my Camaro. Long story short he had cancer hit then Issues from his Vietnam service and got really sick then passed away in 2014.
My mother did not want to keep paying for the shop he rented with full tools and equipment and she knew I had my car to restore. She handed me the keys and said if I pay the rent it was mine in November 2014.
The shop was a mess, lots of junk and stuff that needed to be cleaned up to make a working shop for me. It took 6 months and several trash cans full of junk removed.
May 2015 my son and I moved my Camaro to the shop and started work:
Here is what I have:
1970 Camaro SS with RS package
1970 350cid. (CNJ) 300HP
Accel coil and wires - Replaced ignition with electronic-2015
Edelbrock Street Master intake manifold
Holley 1850 600CFM 4BBL w/vacuum secondaries (chokes removed) Replaced with New Holley-2015
11" clutch - Borg Warner
Muncie 4 speed (M21)
Hurst shift and Hurst linkage
12 bolt Posi rear-end (373:1)
14" Rally wheels
Front seats are 1978 Z28 seats
Bolt-in 4-point roll bar - Removed-2016
As we are tearing into the car now I am finding many cobble jobs and items that I never noticed or was too young to know better back in the 80's. I had done almost nothing to the car after I bought it since the previous owner had just done his own "Restore" just before I purchased the car.
The only major change I did was replace the clutch with a 11" Borg-Warner 3200 high-performance clutch (At least the name I remember it was called)
Some key issues is the guy I bought car from LOVED emblems and added extra ones to the Camaro. Biggest I noticed now was the extra "LT" chrome emblems on the vinyl top and on the rear of car. I always wondered why it had SS and LT on car. Found out the LT was not offered in 1970 and were just extra "Bling" he added to car.
The electrical wiring is really not done right, he messed with many switches and wiring to different things.
I am re-doing it all correctly.
Also he did the inside with household carpet, it did not age well and is stained since he used White carpet.
He also added a bolt-in 4-point roll bar, when I was young I thought it was cool, now it is removed since I need to replace the interior carpet.
He also did not like the stock "Low-Back" seats and replaced them with 1978 Z28 high-back bucket seats.
So that was long but saying hello