The lesson in automotive restoration is to always start with the best possible car you can find, even if that means seeing double. The first part of this two-Camaro story began with adventures in weight reduction. The previous owner of the original donor car had some interesting ideas in this area, and evidently a sawzall to test his theories. By the time Dave got the car, the damage was already done. The main firewall unibody supports and door supports were carved out to win a race run only in the previous owner’s mind. The hapless Camaro lost the race before it ever got started.
With Camaro number one too far gone off the big end of the experimental drag racing construction track to be rescued, another stalled Camaro project was located. Camaro number two looked good enough inside and out to display at any weekend show, but there was trouble hidden out of sight. Only after the layers of paint and bondo were peeled back did the true history of the project begin to unfold. Even though it had been professionally repaired, the dusty evidence revealed the Camaro had been hit from the right rear and coaxed back into the correct shape using classic poke and pull methods.
Stripped of its somewhat storied history, the Camaro was prepped with a new door skin, two new quarter panels along with some new front sheetmetal. Other body modifications included a set of inner wheelhouses and subframe connectors. A stock subframe was bolted up to the body with DSE half-height aluminum sub frame bushings. Onto the subframe went a set of big-block frame stands to place the engine a little down and back for air-cleaner-to-cowl hood clearance. Dave wanted to keep the Chevrolet mill under the hood looking period correct, so room had to be made for a ZZ383 and stock appearing powertrain setup.
With the underlying structure of the Camaro sorted, the Campbell Auto Restoration crew got started building outward on the newly-solid core. A ‘69 steel cowl hood was fitted to the ‘68 body. The stock bumpers were massaged, and side markers shaved to accent the super-sano clean look of the car. A stock replacement RS grille with electric headlights doors gives a menacing stare over the chin spoiler. The entire car was bathed in a custom mix Glasurit Orange Solid by Mike Kamimoto, and finished with a subtle-but- still-there front ghost stripe. To make certain the car had the right stance, a set of staggered 17- and 18-inch Budnik Groove wheels were shoehorned up into the fenderwells thanks in part to a set of DSE minitubs out back.
At the heart of the Camaro is a ZZ383 crate mill backed by a slightly-loose Trick Shift 2,300 stall speed converter and a GM 4L65e four-speed automatic trans. Twist goes through an aluminum Dynotech drive shaft and into a Moser 12-bolt rear stuffed with an Eaton Tru-Trac. Accell Gen 7 engine management meters the right combo of air, fuel, and spark into the holes through the custom intake modified for electronic fuel injection.
Very nice, but again, not a fun of orange!!
To many Camaros! Sorry
67's did not have clearance lights on the side but the 68's did. I guess if this is a 68 he had them filled in. Beautiful car.
10 just plain sexy
R u looking to buy a. Car
10. perfect stance and color
Wheels don't match the style of this year...
Love the color
Very nice . Simply beautiful https://www.facebook.com/pages/1st-Gen-Camaro-Deutschland/273164199365154
1st gen. All the way 10
Now that's an upgrade from grand national.........no offense.......pooch
I c me in that going about 140 mph with all of Greensburg cops behind me and im driving strait to mexico
Black rips n black tint n u got me for 10
kbronnnn enviame tu num. de tel.
Most definitely a 10
Nicely done 9
Nice camaro! But i've got a - 68 ss 396 convertible. .thats NICE!!
I would need to drive it to rate it. Give me the keys!
Shawn Cook... Any ideas?
Ten 10 that's how u like it
Needs fm5's then it's 10. Those wheels just don't set it off right.
what's the differences between chevy ss 68 and chevy ss 69?? are better mechanical ss 69? right??
Love the 68,69 but I have a 77 I need to put together any ideas
Had 2 67s
7 needs to be lower, get some stance!!
Nice 68' (Astro - ventilation ) u know It
Very clean. Like the orange.
that is cool simple car i like that ^_^
Awesome wheels a10 be sweat. Woulda been a 20 if it was cherry red
A little more of rubber would get a 10
nice 68 like mine but mines black.
You can olny have it in your sweet sleep
9.9 if it was red would be a 10