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Old 10-18-2020, 12:00 AM
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Default 91 Camaro - Third Generation Third Gen Project

Well, Iím starting this build thread to document a new addition to our household...a 91 Camaro RS that I got today for my 15 year old whoíll soon be driving. I chose the thread name because heís the third consecutive generation in our family to own a Camaro and this carís obviously a Third Gen Camaro. My Dad has a 79 Z28, Iíve got my 68 Camaro, Project ďCha ChingĒ on here, as well as my current project 67 Nova ďResurrectionĒ. Although his dream carís a 69 Camaro and heís been wanting one in a bad way, Iíve been looking for a nice 86-92 Camaro for awhile as that was also on the short list and I knew itíd be more within reason. I really wanted an 87-89 Iroc Z that was in tact, relatively unmolested and didnít require anything major in terms of rust repair or paint to avoid having another major project. I went and looked at a few different cars that seemed to fit the bill but they all turned out to be too much work for too much money. Finally, I found this one locally thatís in excellent condition and, although itís not anything special, it certainly fits the bill for being clean and unmolested.

Despite having 99,000 miles on the 3.1L V6 automatic, the car is truly mechanically sound. The T-tops donít leak a drop (test drove it in the rain the first time), the doors shut like itís brand new, everything in it functions like it should and itís impeccably clean inside and out and underneath. Itís nothing rare or special but itís just a clean car that was part of a guyís collection that had passed away and, aside from a few cars with sentimental value, the family wasnít interested in keeping anything. The worst part about the car is that the red wheels have faded to a shade of pink from the heat, etc. so thatís gonna be at the top of the list to remedy. Weíll probably paint them in silver for now or maybe find a nice set of factory RS wheels. Other then that, thereís just a few odd items to be addressed such as polishing out the front turn signal lenses, upgrading the headlights to LEDís, changing out the front struts and Iíd like to dress it up a little with some Z28 hood blisters, front grill with fog lights and stripes. Later on weíll probably change the original radio and speakers out for more updated components and eventually Iíd like to swap the wheels for something more modern looking. Hopefully, we can catch a couple of cruise-ins yet this year and he can show it off a little! Anyway, hereís some pics...Thanks for looking!
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That is a clean car. Very clean interior as well.
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Gorgeous car. It was obviously cared for all this time. Any plans to build it up at this time or just drive, enjoy, and teach him how to care for a car?
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:29 AM
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Nice find! The fact that the car is in such great shape will be great for your son as he can focus on upgrades and driving.

I think third gen Camaros are a perfect choice for a young hpt rodder... they are still relatively affordable, easy to work on and have tons of aftermarket support.

I'll be keeping up with your progress..
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Gorgeous car. It was obviously cared for all this time. Any plans to build it up at this time or just drive, enjoy, and teach him how to care for a car?
Thank you guys! Weíre really pleased with it and looking forward to putting some personal touches on it. Iíd love to put some new wheels on it but I need to pace myself and let him save the money for upgrades. Since the current wheels have faded to a pink tone, weíre gonna scuff and repaint them silver...already have one done. Itís got a few of the black Metal trim pieces (around the rear glass and each side of the t-tops) that need the black trim repainted so weíll get those touched up as well so for now weíll just do some ďelbow greaseĒ items!
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Nice find! The fact that the car is in such great shape will be great for your son as he can focus on upgrades and driving.

I think third gen Camaros are a perfect choice for a young hpt rodder... they are still relatively affordable, easy to work on and have tons of aftermarket support.

I'll be keeping up with your progress..
Thanks Garage Engineer, I donít mind saying that watching your build was a huge part of what really got me wanting one of these. I searched for quite some time for a late 80ís Iroc but most were either way too expensive or a total heap that was still too expensive, lol! Seems these care are gaining popularity at a rapid pace! Itís no doubt probably best that this car has the V6 for a new driver...Thanks for tuning in!
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Old 10-21-2020, 11:45 AM
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Thanks Garage Engineer, I donít mind saying that watching your build was a huge part of what really got me wanting one of these. I searched for quite some time for a late 80ís Iroc but most were either way too expensive or a total heap that was still too expensive, lol! Seems these care are gaining popularity at a rapid pace! Itís no doubt probably best that this car has the V6 for a new driver...Thanks for tuning in!
Glad to hear someone is following along and that I could help you with your decision! I agree they are getting harder to find but there are still plenty out there (as evidenced by the one you found.)

The v6 will certainly help for a newer driver... my advice would be to focus on suspension and brakes before upgrading the motor but that's just me

Feel free to reach out if I can help with anything
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Glad to hear someone is following along and that I could help you with your decision! I agree they are getting harder to find but there are still plenty out there (as evidenced by the one you found.)

The v6 will certainly help for a newer driver... my advice would be to focus on suspension and brakes before upgrading the motor but that's just me

Feel free to reach out if I can help with anything
X2. Especially if the current drivetrain is in good working order. Dialing the 'look' & suspension usually get done sooner or later. If the current drivetrain is healthy, might as well make it stop better & address the GM/factory suspension/handling compromises.
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Yeah, I agree, we made a list of some items to address and plan to go thru the brakes, etc. to make sure everything is in good working order. Weíre fortunate that the drivetrain seems to be in very good condition so hopefully it stays that way and we can focus on other areas for awhile. This wonít be the most exciting build thread by far but I thought itíd be really cool to have it Saved somewhere on the inter-web for posterity...Iíd love to be able to go back and check out what I did and what I was thinking, etc. on my first car as an adult now...one of the great things about todayís technology!
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Cool car and great find for your son! Wish I had something like that as my first car when I was his age! Look forward to seeing the updates.

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