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Old 01-23-2015, 12:48 PM
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Well, I have decided to pull the trigger and finally start a build thread for my 68 Camaro. I bought this as my first car when I was 15 years old (1995). I remember it like it was yesterday going and having my dad test drive it and then he made me call back later that night and do all the negotiations for the price. Got it for 2800 dollars and could not have been happier. It is also a build to thank my dad first for getting me involved in cars since I was little. and second allowing a 15 year old kid buy a 68 camaro with all of my saved money. in his defense it was a 6cyl 3 speed car haha.

this is not how the car looked when I first brought it home but i can not find those pictures, it had stock hubcaps and steel wheels. But i Quickly changed that.


I drove it around my yard until I got my official license then I got my temp plates and had it ready for the road



I drove it like that for a few years then swapped in a small block and 4 speed



Decorated for my HS senior prom


My older brother got a little jealous and picked himself up a chevelle



Anyway after driving it hard for a few years as a kid, once in college it started showing the effects of being a daily driver in New England. That is when I parked it in my dads garage and started to tear it apart. THEN LIFE SET IN!!! College, Job, Marriage, House, baby 1, Bigger house, Baby 2. So there is sat for 10+ years



Finally it was time to either work on it or sell it. My wife wanted me to fix it because she knows how much it has meant to me. also she was a little jelous old girlfriends got to ride in it and she hasn't haha. So I pulled it out of my dads garage and put it in my







well that is a quick background for my car, I have since began getting more done and will continue to update this thread in hopes it helps me actually get this thing DONE one day!!!
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:00 PM
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Paul,

What are your plans for it?
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Great story and great pics! Keep em comin..
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:25 PM
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Paul,

What are your plans for it?
while my plans have changed so many times. I am trying to tone it down and make it realistic to my budget. I want a nice cruising car to enjoy with my family. Since some of my favorite child hood memories are ones going to car shows with my family, I hope that can be passed down to my two little girls.

I have a ridetech level 2 kit for suspension
Going with a stock LS3 480hp
Stock interior with Pro-Car seats
stock exterior just tighten up the gaps

basically just a nice driver for us to enjoy
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Great story and great pics! Keep em comin..

Thank you, I will keep this updated for sure. trying to use it as some motivation!!!
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:40 PM
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I lobbied hard to get a pony car for my first, but mama-san killed that right away.

Can't wait to see what you end up with when done, and there is a plenty of eye-candy on here to keep you inspired
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:52 PM
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So the first thing I wanted to do was have the shell blasted and see just how bad things were. I had Tony at muscle car metal strip the car and replace what was needed, after having it blasted it was way more solid that I thought it was. The floors needed help the rockers were shot and the left hand quarter needed a patch, but the rest of the car was pretty solid. also had him minitub the car with the floors out of it.

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man, that's sweet !! keep the pics coming
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Tony does nice work. We had a member Phil that had his 69 Firebird done there it ended up being a nice car.
We'll keep you motivated we love pictures!
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AWESOME! This is going to be fun to watch.

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