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After a long hiatus from the Camaro resto biz, I've jumped back in, skull first. Here are some observations of then and now:

1. Boy, it's good to work with the ol 9/16's and 5/8's instead of 10 or 12mm.
2. The braintrust at WD-40 still hasn't figured out a design that keeps their straw attached to the squirter.
3. It's easier to change out leaf springs on my 69 than to swap water pumps on my wife's Saturn.
4. Radials dramatically improve the ride of 1st Gens.
5. Only Camaros that had spoilers survived the years...an oddity.
6. Hard to imagine only about a third of the 1st Gens had factory A/C. 99% had heaters. What if Detroit was in Central Texas?
7. Only SS's and Z-28's survived the years. I did see a rare blue-bowtie 69 car. Kind of cool!
8. Rick's, Year One, Classic, NPD,..sure makes it easy...keeps me out of the boneyards.
9. 350 Chevy originally designed for a 67 C, is still the best damn engine ever developed!
10. Clutches are much improved...easier on my quads.
11. Much more emphasis on suspension and brakes these days...back in the day, the quarter mile was all that mattered.
12. Eaton still makes the best posi units. Hurst is still tops for the Muncie's. BFG's still look great!
13. Body paint is much improved.
14. Quadrajets are now considered great carbs. They weren't back in the day.
15. What ever happened to Cragers and slot mags?
16. What's with 16 & 17 inch wheels? Looks like they'd easily melt on launch with very little side wall...(but what do I know).
17. Roller cams and roller lifters for the street?
18. Nitro?
19. 2.5 and 3 inch exhaust pipes? 2.25 was all you needed back in the day, and only a few shops had the tooling for anything bigger than 2 inch.
20. Aluminum heads? Only Big Daddy and a couple of other guys had alum heads.
21. When buying parts, I ask for the old guy...you know the one...the guy who smiles when you tell him the application.
22. What's a "frame off" restoration? It's impossible with a Camaro!...unless some genuis wants to reweld the whole car back together...that would look good.
23. There's more cowl hoods made today than Detroit made in the 60's.
24. Cherrys are now almost impossible to find 25. Lastly, crusin-n-boozin's no longer cool...but boy was it fun!

That's it from a middle-aged born-again C-man.
 

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Hey sleepy 69,
Welcome back
Cragers - yes
Aluminum slots- yuck
my 68 survived without a spoiler
still can't find a WD40 straw when needed'
40 somthing, feeling like I am 20 again
Rob
 

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Sleepy, I agree 100% with all the above. I too am back with it after a little hiatus.


you forgot one.
27. 90% of all first gens had the Z/28 stripes painted on from the factory!

(include mine
) Next repaint will fix that!

Kevin

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Me too with the stripes (but I like 'em) and I do have the blue Bow-Tie on the front and rear. Mine is one of the rare unbadged Z/28's.


Good observations Sleepy.

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'69 getting better every day... (every pay day)

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I am also 40 something. have owned several camaros. my newest adventure is a 67 ragtop,502 4-speed. this is probably the 3rd time I "got back into it". its hard with young family of 3 boys and a not so interested in cars wife. But the kids are really starting to show an interest.should make it alot easier.good luck with your projects, I love reading about all of them, chris
 

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Two years ago I 'got back into it'. Skipped right over the 40's. How about those tinted headlights? ( # 28).

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RickD, are you referring to the tinted headlight craze of the 60's? I wasn't old enough to drive but my uncle use to take me and my brother to atco dragway on wed. nights and i remember tinted headlights, lots of them. must be the same? chris
 

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hey TIM,
Iam going with the cragar S/S's also!!!
and have a standard grill, very rare
and probably have a case of half full cans of DW40,someone should sell those straws, I am still pushing 40 won't be long before I am pulling it


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Ah, yes, "Quadrajunk" and Ansen slotted mags, the smell AMACO 102 gas, "Cool Cans", M&H's and the noise a clutch makes when it hits the flywheel at 6000 rpm!

OLD GUY

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I'm done with my 17" TT II's, my car had Cragar SS's when I bought it & I want 'em back!

Good list! It got me reminiscing of the mid '70's and...

Flex fans
Hooker headers & turbo mufflers
Gabriel Hi-jackers or shackles
Goodyear L-60 15's
8 tracks & Led Zeppelin I
Drive-ins

JD
 

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There must be a lot of us. I'm 42 and started a resto of the 67 ragtop I drove in high school. I had visions of a 12 month project that has extended now to 2.5 years.....but I'm getting close!! My wife is very patient, there is just a line (imaginary) on the garage floor that I dare not cross with car stuff.

I love working on the car....and I have a lot more money to put into it than I did when I was 16. Back then it was slotted mags, 60 series tires...and Gabrial Hi-Jackers!!!

I would assume this all qualifies as one of those "mid life things"

Mark M.
 

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Got the cragers SS but they will stay on the 69 Nova for now but still having a hard time selecting which rims to put on my 68 RS with Bumble Stripe
have to choose between a ste of gold tint ansen sprint slots or almost new Keystone classics spokes. Ah gone are the days of 32 cents a gallon gas and that good old SUNOCO 260 gas
 

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Although I wasnt around "back in the day", one of my co-workers was (and still is) big time into hot rods...he loves telling me about the days when you could get a 350hp 327 short block direct from any chevy dealership for $275...you could get the balanced 365hp shortblock for $325. He also said that nearly everybody ran 2" exhaust on their small blocks with 350hp nova mufflers, or if they had the bucks, they used a 2 1/4" system with big block chevelle mufflers. Of course, later on the muffler of choice was cherry bombs (glasspacks). He also said that before holley carbs became the standard, everybody used carters. And also, since aftermarket heads was unheard of or very expensive, they just ported whatever they had to within an inch of its life. And the performance cams of choice was factory gm! And of course, real hot rods had 4 speeds...no automatics.

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Well I have to say this . After reading this stuff yesterday I went to the Air Port and got 10gal. of Ave Fule and put it in my Z last night. Hit the key and just set there and lisen to it hit man I love that 302.Had the Three Dog Night playing I thout it was 73 all over agan. Man oh Man.

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Yes, tinted headlights, in blue. Reverse lights wired on all the time. Reg gas 27 cents/gal. Cherry bombs and Officer Smith giving muffler tickets all the time.

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