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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 16, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Hello, just in the process of acquiring an totally original 1968 Camaro 327 Base, I would like to get some advise if I am making the right decision since it is just the Base Camaro and not even the RS. I've been wanting to own a Camaro for quite sometime and cannot find the right RS, so I think I will dive into this one since its all original. The only drawback for me was the transmission when shifting from Park to Drive or Reverse kind of having some slight jerking. Please advise me if I should go for it since I still have time to back out. I will welcome any opinion, thanks
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 16, 07:34 PM
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Hello Gill and welcome aboard. I can safely say we all started somewhere with these cars. Whether it was a Z, SS, RS, or base, there was a reason why we chose our first car. You need to decide if you will be truly happy with it. If it ain't what you want, look elsewhere or you'll be second guessing the choice. It took me 2 years to find what I wanted and I don't regret the wait. Good luck in whatever you decide!

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 16, 07:52 PM
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Welcome Gill and as suggested, if you want one with the RS Appearance Pkg, then search for one.

If this one doesn't grab you, not met to be.
However it is the correct year-LOL

Jerking could be the idle is set too high
Normally 500-550 rpm when hot.
But automatics will jump a bit when selection of gear is chosen.

Good luck
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 16, 03:35 AM
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Welcome to TC Gil. First of all you need to ask yourself if the price is right and what your plans are for the car - keep it original and drive it or make it your own. If the latter is your choice, you can easily turn it into an RS if you wanted and the conversion kits today work sooooo much nicer than the original set-up - just a thought. You could also throw in a 5 or 6 speed and the only jerking will be when you let that clutch fly Whatever you choice, good luck.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 16, 08:57 AM
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Welcome aboard! I think it could depend on the price of this car, but if you feel you want something nicer, you might have to look around and be prepared to wait. I had to hunt several years to find an original 68 RS in a condition, color, and price I found acceptable. But I am also a numbers matching 'year accurate' kinda guy. My RS didn't come with a lot of options I wanted so I'm adding them with authentic 68 components. Sure, it's no longer "original", but without a build sheet or invoice you couldn't tell it from an all original 68.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 16, 11:44 AM
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Welcome from a fellow Camaro newbie! So many factors determine if this is the right car for you. I was in a similar position a month ago searching for my car. I considered everything from fresh 427 Yenko clones to rusty original 6 cyl drivers. I wanted less of a project but for me it all came down to value. I settled on a very nice 68 RS from your state. The provenance and condition were stellar so the mechanical condition wasn't a big concern. I can also turn a wrench. It drove on the trailer and that was good enough for me. btw, The jerking in your target could be just low trans fluid.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 17th, 16, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

Many thanks for all the infos, I think I will go for it even if its a Base model, as Pittspen24 mentioned, I can easily convert it to RS if I do so, and CordovanRS I will check on that low trans fluid, Thanks again guys in welcoming me to TC
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Re: Newbie on a 68 Camaro

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Many thanks for all the infos, I think I will go for it even if its a Base model, as Pittspen24 mentioned, I can easily convert it to RS if I do so, and CordovanRS I will check on that low trans fluid, Thanks again guys in welcoming me to TC
Best of luck to you and post some pictures of the new ride when you can.
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