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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 16, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

Hello everyone,

Been reading the site for a while, and am in the market for a 1st gen Camaro, which would be my first classic car. Currently I drive a 2013 Camaro SS as my daily. 1st gen would be for weekends / occasional cruise.

My question is about where I plan to park the car. I just moved into a new house, and the previous owner converted the garage into a studio (and now can't change it back). I was wondering whether anyone has any experience owning a 1st gen and keeping it outside in the driveway, or is that just a giant disappointment waiting to happen?

I'm in Southern California, so at least the weather here is pretty forgiving. I may be able to install an awning on top of where I would park it if that would help, and could cover it in a car cover (but am afraid that would scratch the paint over time). Building a carport might be possible but permitting here is a wreck and it's pretty pricey...

Anyways, would appreciate any advice or experiences from people who have owned a classic parked outside.

Thanks!

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 28th, 16, 11:25 PM
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Re: Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

If it was me I wouldn't, the first gen Camaro's are easy to steal. May not be too much safer, but can you afford a safe storage unit to house it.

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a friend showed me this in a magazine. google it
Carcoon Storage Systems
also check this out The Official CarCapsule™ Site with FREE SHIPPING
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Re: Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

You risk theft, mice, rust, and surface finish deterioration. That carcoon is cool but quite the eyecatcher. I am not a fan of car covers outside regardless of how they are made. If you must leave it out try to shield it from the elements indirectly as best you can on the site you have.

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Classic car insurance will not allow it either.
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Yeah, all the above. Return the studio to a garage, or build a real garage.
The car is worth the costs of doing so as it is an investment and the resale value of the house will be at least twice what it costs to build a garage.
Here in New England folks who have sacrificed a garage for a dump room loose about 20 to 30 k on resale.
And I have seen several homes restore the garage after sale so it can't be that hard to do at your place.
Really just reinstalling a garage door and removing the interior fixtures they added. You can leave the hardwood floor


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Theft Magnet

And as mentioned classic car insurance policies require garage storage.
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I'd be changing the studio back to a (now very nice inside) garage. The original structural framing should be intact, just install a new header and a garage door and presto - problem solved and since it was once a garage it was already permited as one. Easily accomlished in less than a week. As for outside storage, as other pointed out above, not a good idea for so many reasons.

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Yeah, all the above. Return the studio to a garage, or build a real garage.
The car is worth the costs of doing so as it is an investment and the resale value of the house will be at least twice what it costs to build a garage.
Here in New England folks who have sacrificed a garage for a dump room loose about 20 to 30 k on resale.
And I have seen several homes restore the garage after sale so it can't be that hard to do at your place.
Really just reinstalling a garage door and removing the interior fixtures they added. You can leave the hardwood floor
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I'd be changing the studio back to a (now very nice inside) garage. The original structural framing should be intact, just install a new header and a garage door and presto - problem solved and since it was once a garage it was already permited as one. Easily accomlished in less than a week. As for outside storage, as other pointed out above, not a good idea for so many reasons.
Maybe not as easy done as said.

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Re: Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

I don't have any great advice other than renting a storage space. I stored a 68 project outside for awhile with a car cover and during the rainy season the humidity under the car cover messed it up. And don't forget the Santa Ana winds. No matter how you secure a cover it's going to whip and billow all over the place and really do a number on your paint.

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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Nov 29th, 16, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

Thanks for the responses everyone, much appreciated!

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a friend showed me this in a magazine. google it
Carcoon Storage Systems
also check this out The Official CarCapsule™ Site with FREE SHIPPING
This is a pretty clever idea, thanks, but ya, a bit much to look at...If the driveway were in the back this might work, but out front it might just attract too much attention. Thanks though!

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Yeah, all the above. Return the studio to a garage, or build a real garage.
The car is worth the costs of doing so as it is an investment and the resale value of the house will be at least twice what it costs to build a garage.
Here in New England folks who have sacrificed a garage for a dump room loose about 20 to 30 k on resale.
And I have seen several homes restore the garage after sale so it can't be that hard to do at your place.
Really just reinstalling a garage door and removing the interior fixtures they added. You can leave the hardwood floor
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I'd be changing the studio back to a (now very nice inside) garage. The original structural framing should be intact, just install a new header and a garage door and presto - problem solved and since it was once a garage it was already permitted as one. Easily accomlished in less than a week. As for outside storage, as other pointed out above, not a good idea for so many reasons.
Appreciate the thought, but this won't work. Actually the work was permitted so now it's not permitted as a garage anymore. More importantly the former owner extended part of the house into the driveway along the side of the house, so even if I could turn the studio back into a garage, I would have to knock down walls that have plumbing and gas in them and redo a whole other room just to make space to drive up to it...Not going to go through all that city permitting and cost.

Looks like the best idea is to look into some nearby storage options. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Hello! And question about storing 1st gen outside

Ok, so here's your best alternative: Sell the high-priced CA home, move to TX and buy a mansion in TX with a huge garage with all that CA home sale money. We're happy to welcome fellow Camaro owners to TX.

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Here you go!
http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/10-x-15-...saQaArLt8P8HAQ
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