What would you do?
If you read the May 2013 installment of Resto Shop titled, “Rust in Peace,” you know how I feel about horribly rusty projects and how they can get out of control and cost you a bundle of money. If you didn't read the article … I’ll tell you that it seems like a bad investment. Here’s where I’m going to eat my own words. I had the fortune (or misfortune) of picking up a ’68 shell rusting away on Mary and David Pozzi’s property. I picked it up for a screaming deal; one I just couldn’t pass up. The car is a mess. Now it’s my mess.
It’s been sitting outside for the last 18 years with the windows down and windshield missing. David pulled out the floor plugs years ago to allow the rainwater to wash through the car. Good thinking.
It was an adventure to get it off the farm. I contacted my friend Kevin Stearns from Pacific Fabrication (www.pacificfab.net) to have him pick up the car with his truck and trailer. My job was to get it rolling.
What have I gotten myself into?
The car had four flat tires, one of which wouldn’t hold a mouse fart. The steering linkage and the steering wheel were missing. I rounded up some junk steering parts from my friend Randy Oldham. Steve Natale of GM Sports Salvage donated the steering wheel and a tire and wheel that held air (www.gmsports.com). While turning it into a rolling shell, I found a seized front wheel bearing. It took 30 minutes to remove the hub to free up the bearing.
Upon closer inspection, I found the Camaro to be an early production ’68 coupe with a small-block and a console-shifted automatic transmission. It doesn’t have the telltale signs of being equipped with dual exhaust because there aren’t any Rivnuts present in the framerail behind the left rear tire, so it’s definitely not an SS. It had a 12-bolt rearend when David first got the dilapidated hulk of a car, but it now has a 10-bolt. It has the large 3⁄8-inch fuel line, which was most likely due to the factory A/C.
This Camaro is a perfect car to perform restoration/rebuild projects for Resto Shop. I receive responses from the Resto Shop restoration projects, so continue that trend and write me via email or on the Camaro Performers magazine Facebook page (www.facebook.com/camaroperformers) with suggestions about future projects to perform.
What do I do now?
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