Cheers for the welcome guys - much appreciated!
Reading-wise, aside from a lot of Internet trawling, I've started with the basic 'How to restore your Camaro '67-'69, but Tony Huntimer and Brian Henderson, but more as a guide to where to then focus in detail subsequently. I'll now be looking at both of Will's recommendations above (thanks Will
Brian - Ref year - I do prefer the looks of the 67/68 (
), but in the correct colour and 'dress' any Gen 1 can look stunning IMO.
In terms of what I want to do... my plan is definitely Resto-Mod, rather than restoration. I have massive respect for those who go to the lengths required to do a full-on restoration, but my interest (and budget) has always been about tinkering and subtly upgrading but while still maintaining the overall character
of a car. Therefore I am looking for a fairly 'Plain-Jane' non-numbers-matching small block car, in relatively good condition structurally and bodywork-wise, which I can then gradually restore/improve as I can afford/spend the time. Hence I need something running and weather-tight from the off.
While there will be many different views on how far you can 'Mod' before the car loses its character, to me I am happy with changing/upgrading the greasy bits (brakes, suspension, transmission, steering, cooling), but I would always want an original small block in there as a base (no LS conversions) while also keeping the original overall look (Wheels, Interior, Gauges, Colour (we spell it with a 'u' over here
)). To me that's the whole appeal of a classic muscle/pony car.
The overall aim would be to end up with a very fresh, original-looking Camaro, that has improvements in key areas to make it a far better handling and driving car (emphasis on daily, but with a little bit of Pro-Touring thrown in). In sum, I want a modernised
classic, not a modern
car, if that makes sense...
PS - I can hack it without Beer for a while - if the reason's good enough