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Posted: 9/13/2005 6:15:30 PM EDT
I recently aquired the rights to restore my Uncles old '68 Camaro and I love cars.

Lets start with the pro's, then the con's

Pro's:
-Engine is still able to function, not running yet.
-1968 327cu-in V8 with .30over cylinders, 750 cfm 4bbl Rochester carb, 350cu-in valves
-4-speed racing transmission
-Convertible
- Very nice REAL goodyear racing tires

Con's:
-Rust damage around edges of body panels, hood, trunk, and chrome parts
-Most wires on engine are black from a fire, which surprisingly enough did not damage the engine
-Interior is FUBAR

I know me, my dad, my uncle, and my brother can do it. What do you guys think. Dont tell me its going to cost $$$, I know that already and my uncle has agreed to buy the parts.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:26:23 PM EDT
It will cost huge money to do it right, but all Camaro parts are readily available and it is a convertible, so it will be worth it in the end.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:34:14 PM EDT
Total off frame restoration is not cheap but if you have the space and the time you can do small sections at a time. The money bite will be small nibbles spread out rather than big bites. Won't hurt as bad.
Really depends on how dedicated you are in the build and how far you want to keep it original.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 11:39:37 PM EDT
I say do it, it isn't cheap, but as said above Camaro parts are everywhere. It is completely worth it in the end. I never have once regretted sinking the money I did into my Firebird or my wifes vdub. But, for me working on cars is extremely relaxing, more so than shooting, so I enjoy it a lot. One word of advice on the wiring buy a new harness from Painless Wiring, they are extremely simple to install and not bad priced considering it comes with everything. It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the 461 BBC or the Ford 9 inch.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 11:42:19 PM EDT
We will require before and after pics..
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 12:28:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 5:32:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2005 5:33:18 AM EDT by 455SD]

It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the 461 BBC
or the Ford 9 inch.



Aahhh. Heresy.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 6:57:58 PM EDT
Well, you already know it'll cost money, so all I have to say is good luck.

Oh, and post pics when you're done

WIZZO
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 5:23:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 455SD:

It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the 461 BBC
or the Ford 9 inch.



Aahhh. Heresy.



I know, I know I've been thinkin about going back to Pontiac, I was crafty about the transplant so I could switch to Pontiac easily. I've got a 455 block I am thinking about building for it, the BBC is beyond a gas drinker, when your getting 5-6 mpg and its 3.09 a gallon for super it kinda sucks.
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 1:19:43 PM EDT
We are not thinking of trying to do a original restoration trying to make it factory stock. We just want it running and looking nice. Ill get you guys plenty of before and after pics when we start on it.
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 7:01:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:

Originally Posted By 455SD:

It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the 461 BBC
or the Ford 9 inch.



Aahhh. Heresy.



I know, I know I've been thinkin about going back to Pontiac, I was crafty about the transplant so I could switch to Pontiac easily. I've got a 455 block I am thinking about building for it, the BBC is beyond a gas drinker, when your getting 5-6 mpg and its 3.09 a gallon for super it kinda sucks.



Don't think for a minute a 455 poncho is going to be any betterm on gas.
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 7:30:28 PM EDT
Your a lucky guy those cars don't come around every day. Whatever you do just do it right.

Good luck and enjoy it.
Link Posted: 9/16/2005 12:26:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 455SD:

Originally Posted By ManiacRat461:

Originally Posted By 455SD:

It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the It was the best thing I ever did for my Firebird, well except maybe for the 461 BBC
or the Ford 9 inch.



Aahhh. Heresy.



I know, I know I've been thinkin about going back to Pontiac, I was crafty about the transplant so I could switch to Pontiac easily. I've got a 455 block I am thinking about building for it, the BBC is beyond a gas drinker, when your getting 5-6 mpg and its 3.09 a gallon for super it kinda sucks.



Don't think for a minute a 455 poncho is going to be any betterm on gas.



I was gonna tone it down a little bit, and swap the 3rd member for a higher ratio. I don't feel like switching the 4spd for a od auto and they just want too much for a 5 or 6 spd, and I'd really hate to pull the Muncie M22 out anyway, it is just too good of a 4spd.
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