Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Westerville Ohio
A New Beginning: Redemption and Restoration for my '68 396 Convertible
Hello all! I'm brand new here, but have long been a part of the Camaro family. Let me give you my story:
My Dad bought two 1968 Camaros back in 1978. One was a hardtop with an L34 396 and an M-21 but a terrible body. The other was a convertible, a 327 and a Powerglide with a good body. The total sum for both cars I'm told was not more than $900. He set to put the powertrain and subframe into the convertible body our car was born. Not numbers matching, but period correct, which for the most part is how it remains today.
To his disbelief, the car survived 3 jobs, 5 moves, a divorce, and 38 years in his possession; as he told me numerous times, when he had that car all those years ago, he never intended on keeping it that long. I'm sure glad he never decided to sell it to get a new washer and dryer along the line. We had a lot of fun together working on it and taking it to car shows when I was a kid. It was never a show-stopping car, or an awesome performer. He was always limited in some way by time and money, but it was a great cruiser with great presence that always got plenty of looks.
As he got older, he still wanted to have a go-fast toy, but I guess did not want to put in the knuckle-busting work anymore. He decided that once retired, he would get a new Corvette which he always wanted, but he would not be able to keep both. When he offered to sell me the car, I could not say no. It was a part of my life and the root of my passion for cars. Knowing full well that this car needs plenty of work, I took it on. Years of benign neglect as a result of lack of time and money had taken its toll, but it is by no means unmanageable. It's just going to take time, energy, and funds.
This was two years ago, and I have not been able to really enjoy the car much due do being too busy and the preponderance of needs that it has. But I vowed this year would be different. I would buckle down, bite the bullet and not only get this car on the road but give it the "restoration" for lack of a better word, that it really deserves. Thankfully I have a very knowledgeable and skilled mechanic friend who is helping me along on this journey or else the road would either be a lot longer or way more expensive.
So anyway, I'm happy to be here and will be happy to contribute as well. This seems like a great forum.
I would post pics but it would let me because I'm on probation. Soon enough I will!