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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 16, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

Hi one and all - my name's Mike Macdonald, I'm originally from Scotland, but have now lived in England for the last 17 ish years (Joined the Marines and married an English Girl - pretty much no option but to remain South of the border!). ETA - greetings to any current/ex US vets here - worked many a time with both US Army and USMC in various hot places... definitely good people!

I've been a car nut from as long as I can remember, mainly because both Granddads were engineers (one an Ex-RAF Engineer, the other was a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy and was a seriously good machinist). The interest, if not the raw ability seems to have rubbed off somewhat .

I'm here after this site was recommended by another of your UK members (PaulManta), who's '67 Gen 1 Camaro I had a long and interesting look over just recently (Cheers Paul BTW). I don't have a Camaro (yet), but am currently doing a lot of research and also saving like a true tight Scotsman to hopefully be able to buy one in the near future (even given up Beer and other comforts to save more!! ).

Car-wise, I've had a bit of a mixed bag. Other than lot of different daily drivers, my more interesting stuff started off with a variety of Japanese cars when I was lot younger (Celicas (various) and a Supra TT), then moved on to the current 'fun' car - a 2007 4.2 XKR. Over the years I've increasingly done more and more mechanically, to the point now where I'd take on anything barring major bodywork or paintwork (yet, anyway). This is why I've focused on a Camaro. I just don't find modern cars fun to work on. I can do it, but it's just a pain with all the sensors etc. Also I've always loved a big V8 and mid-late 60's/early 70's American cars, plus always wanted to do a restoration of some kind, so I decided that now was the time!

I looked at a variety of potential options - several MOPARs, Ford (Briefly) and then settled on the Camaro. I really like the looks, combined with the sheer weight of Aftermarket parts, knowledge and experience out there. Hence, why I'm showing up on here and will probably be asking plenty of questions (after using the search first of course!).

Just need to get one now...
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 16, 12:24 PM
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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

Welcome aboard, great bunch of guys here as you already have seen. Thank you for your service for your country. Good luck on finding a Camaro to work on!

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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

Welcome aboard Mike and greetings from the California wine country where Sonoma makes fine wines and NAPA makes auto parts. Best wishes on your search for a Camaro. The Generation 1 Camaros 67,68,69 are the specialty here and between all the members this forum is an encyclopedia of information for help from bumper to bumper on these old girls. In reading your post you already know that there are probably more restoration and or repair parts for Gen 1 Camaros than any other vehicle.

I would recommend that in your quest to obtaining a car you go to Classic Industries website and order two reference books: 1) I Need A Part For My Classic Camaro by Research Specialties and 2) Chevrolet By The Numbers by Alan L Colvin. Also anything by Jerry McNesh will be a good resource. These books will help you sort out real from questionable. As an example I truly believe there are more Yenko 427 Camaros in existence than were actually made. The holy grail is finding an all numbers matching car. Put those at the top of your list.

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Welcome to the site....great bunch here always willing to help

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Salute brother and welcome to the site from an ex-Army tank/APC mechanic (69-71). Good luck in your Camaro search...took me 2 years to find my '69.

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Welcome. Good luck with your search. You may want to rethink the beer. No good finding the right car if you have to deal with an attitude problem.

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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

welcome best of luck !

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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

Mike - Welcome aboard. SO you picked the right make and model, now name your year.
That's a loaded question bound to stir up the bee hive a bit.
Folks here have their favourites. I'm partial to 69's but love them all for various reasons.
You mentioned the amount of aftermarket parts in your introduction, so are you planning on a resto-mod or pro-street Camaro?

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 16, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

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

No Camaro yet - but it's on the cards...
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Hey Mike, welcome to the site. Plenty of good info here, and plenty of folk who'll help out with advice when you find a car that's a potential purchase.
I too would reconsider giving up beer - after all, you'll need some help living that far south amongst the sassenachs

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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

Welcome, Mike, to the Club.
As suggested, good talent here for your questions.
Keep up with the search and you'll find one.
Correct year is a '68.

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Welcome aboard, Mike!

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Welcome to TC and thank you for your service! Good luck in your searches for the perfect Camaro. Be sure to use the search bar on pretty much anything you want to know. There is a ton of great information here. Seems like you have a great plan already.

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Welcome Mike! Keep trolling the for sale sites (is there a Craigs list equivalent in UK?) and hopefully something will turn up!

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Re: Hi from a British Camaro Newbie!

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I too would reconsider giving up beer - after all, you'll need some help living that far south amongst the sassenachs
Too late - I married one...
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Keep up with the search and you'll find one. Correct year is a '68.
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Welcome Mike! Keep trolling the for sale sites (is there a Craigs list equivalent in UK?) and hopefully something will turn up!
Thanks guys. There's no real Craigslist over here - not for sourcing US muscle cars anyway! There's normally one or two up on eBay, but it's either a full-on concours car, or a rusty heap. There's not too much middle ground, it seems. There is a possible UK option (TBC) and I keep an eye on carsforsale and carsonline too. As said, need to save up first, but that time can be spent on research, so will be worth it in the long run.

No Camaro yet - but it's on the cards...
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