LOL...That was a peanut shell! 1) go over the entire car and note what parts will be needed and at what cost. DO NOT. Under ANY circumstances let the wife get a hold of this notebook! 2)Slowly remove parts and sort and mark EVERY bolt, screw, nut,clamp bracket..EVEN if it's in bad shape and must be replaced. Throw NOTHING away.Again, if caught tearing the car down,casually and most importantly calmly state "you're playing around with the car a bit". 3) begin the body restoration..weld and/or bolt in necessary sheet metal..DO NOT stay up late doing this..spread the work out over as long a period of time as possible. Keep track of time invested and NEVER let the Camaro occupy more time than the wife. Even by a few minutes...she'll know which one is getting more of your attention! 4)Best to paint the car with everything stipped and apart. If you can use little or no masking tape prior to painting, you're doing GREAT! 5) After it's painted, begin the final assembly..DO NOT let any kids, wives, buddies, or pets in the garage after the car is painted..NO ACCEPTIONS! 6) Throw in the fresh motor and trans and CRIUSE!
Good books to have handy on the re-build site
Chevy by the Numbers 1965-1969
Illustrated Camaro buyer's Guide
Classic Camaro restoration
Complete Guide to Restoring your 1st generation Camaro There are tow of these with similar names at the book stores. Get the paperback one seems to have a lot more detailed information.
And the one book thats not yet in print is John Z "The Camaro Mind"
I say that cause I dont think John would part with it but a Book on the camaro would be a best seller esp amoung the 9000+ here at Team Camaro.
Jeff 67/68 & 69 RS's
[This message has been edited by HawaiianCamaro (edited 01-28-2002).]
1)call around to restoration shops and find one that can get your car in ASAP.
2)wait a year, then take car to resto shop
3)wait about 3 years and write about $50,000 worth of checks or sign for credit card receipts
4) pick up "better than new" camaro and sell it on ebay for $15,000.
5)start over again...
or you could follow the directions that the other people have already stated. whatever floats your boat, i guess.
Hmmm, I seem to be doing this backwards. I'm doing the mechanical first: 6 cyl 3 sp to 350 4 sp, drum to disc, open monoleaf to posi multileaf, add vintage air. Then off to the body shop for new quarters, doors, paint and last to the top and interior shop. Am I screwing up?
As for MY wife, she likes me spending lots of time with it and leaving her alone (I'm probably screwing up again).
And last, I like what a preacher once said: "If you got all this in your head, you've got it in a nutshell"...
I agree, get the thing running and rolling first. I did a jeep outside in and the paint/exterior really suffered. Did Camaro inside out and it is proving to be easier and going to be sweet (I hope). Good Luck....
If you build your drive train and running gear the way you want it first and get it all dialed in you'll be happier, same with the interior as you wou't be playing the fit and refit game with a fresh paint job.
57 Plymouth Savoy in my family since new, just cosmetically restored, 93 S-10 waiting on the 80 Dodge Lil' red Express clone truck to be built then one s_10 for sale, Angie's mechanic and designated Vette cusser.
Jeff, I would like a copy of the John Z book! If someone would write a good book on the first gens, breaking each year into different books, or possibly each style it would have to be a great seller. There are so many questions the current crop of books forget to answer, and some color pictures would be nice too.
We would all like the John Z book only problem is none is written. Maybe Ill have to bring him out to Hawaii and surround him with Hula Girls for a couple of months to get him to write it.
Jeff 67/68 & 69 RS's
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by HawaiianCamaro: We would all like the John Z book only problem is none is written. Maybe Ill have to bring him out to Hawaii and surround him with Hula Girls for a couple of months to get him to write it.
Jeff 67/68 & 69 RS's
I think we want a Camaro book not a romance novel!!
Just might be a plan! We were married on Maui (Hyatt Regency on Kaanapali Beach), and went back two years ago for our 5th anniversary; three years and we'll go back again. When you get the tickets, we like to fly First Class - long trip from here
If your talking total restoration,I can give you a little of my experiences at this.Dont leave nothing to chance if you restore it.It will come back to haunt you.Rebuild or replace everything mechanical.If your car is even in decent shape its going to get expensive,if you do it right.The steps I do is drivetrain,suspension body and paint,then glass,trim and interior.To me the body and paint is the most pain,because if you can't do it,Its expensive to have done,and harder to have done right.Its actually cheaper to buy a restored 1st gen Camaro than to restore a rough one.A friend of mine bought a 69 SS 350 4 speed restored car(super nice) at Pigeon Forge Grand Run last year for$12000.You cant restore any car for that.
69 Camaro SS 350 4 speed
86 Monte Carlo SS
If this is your first attempt to restore a car this is "the" most important tip,KEEP IT RUNNING.I've seen way to many people get in over their heads on their first attempt.It all starts with great intentions and ends with disaster.Most will lose interest in a non drivable hulk that can be a money pit and headache for years to come.I know this sounds a bit negetive but trust me.I can count dozens of first time all apart restoration projects that end up as junk or sold at a loss to me or others waiting in the shadows.Start small,baby steps,can you handle it?It may sound like more work in the long run,but you can enjoy it.Save the major gutting for a later date,or to when you are sure you are up to the challange,really sure both mentally and mechanicly.Good luck with whatever you decide!
Thanks for the ideas ! I do like the idea of "keep it rolling". I was going to start out with a total teardown. As I have no engine ready for it, I was going to get one together during rest of winter. But, no $$ so I can dream of all kinds of ways to go as I have PLENTY of time. Just wanted to map out a good game plan as to what to focus on first. I guess, get it rolling and enjoy it + get the bugs out.
It is totally new to me, bought it (69-Z X-33) last summer. It was stored for 10 years or so.
+ there are some burnt wires under dash, should I replace just that segment of harness or rewire whole car ? (Painless wire set good?)
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