A rust free and complete car is ideal. If you can find an original owner that is great this way you know the history of the vehicle as well. I was able to find all three of the above but it took some looking, even here in Southern California.
In my opinion, you have to get the car on a hoist. A complete (very, very complete) inspection of the undercarriage is an absolute priority. Anywhere the tires spread water on the undercarriage is suspect. The inspection may also reveal some past sins unknown to the current owner.
I have found a great article in the "Camaro performers" page 82 (fall of 2001)
1. shop in arid areas of the southwest
2.take a body guy with you or an icepick if you really want to know how solid somthing is
3.avoid swap meets and car shows (learn to reconize that $99.95 paint job
4. look for cars that have been painted 2 times or less.
5.a "rust free" car is the main goal.
If you do buy a car from a dealer check them out thoroughly!!!!!
I got burned by one, in Kentucky I'd love to give you his name but I know he uses this site!
I think you need to look at alot of cars and see what you want. I think finding a car you really like is also important because you are going to be spending alot of time and money on the project. I like original cars with performance options (Z/28 or SS 396)...
'69 SS 396/375hp L78 M21 3.73 Fathom green/medium green interior
First find out what you want. Do you want a factory performance model? If so, do you have to have a big block, small block, or Z/28? Depending on which you want you will pay more and the car will probably be in worse shape than a normal Camaro. Most of the decent rare cars are being restored or have been restored at one time or another. Buy the best car you can afford. Stay away from rust! Repeat, stay away from rust! Go to a local show and ask a Camaro owner about his or her car. Find out what their problem areas are. Finally, figure out what your budget is. Don't buy a car that is going to bury you. You don't want to spend a ton of money and then have to sell for less than less than what you invested because you can't afford to finish it.
Sorry about the post above, I was reading two different threads and posted the wrong reply here. :0.
Anyway, to reply to your questions Everett,
Yes I do believe that I have the patience to take the time to do a good project and I believe that I have the stamina as well. The only problem I will have is that I am 18, and a college student. In two years I will have to transfer to finish my degree in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering (having a hard time deciding which one). I will more then likely live in a dorm for those last two years of college, so the only problem would be if I would almost have to take a break on the restoration if it is not finished by then, maybe work on the car a few weekends a month or something like that.
Also I have never done anything like this before, but I would like to do as much on the vehicle as possible myself, excluding paint (People who can paint have my upmost respect, I can't do it, and I realize how much hard work goes into it.) I may be able to do the body work(try to find a car with minimum body damage) myself but not the coat/coats of paint.
To answer about the options that I am interested in, I would prefer that the Camaro has power steering and brakes. Air Conditioning would be a plus considering the fact that i live in Southern Alabama, but is not a must.
Thanks for your input,
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