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31  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Age Groups of Our Hobby on: December 11, 2013, 12:55:29 PM
Well, I guess I'm on the younger end so far.
I believe the un-affordability of first gen Camaros is the reason for fewer young people getting involved. Young people still love them, but you cannot just go out and pick up a fixable, useable car for 2 or 3 grand. Those days are long gone. 2nd or 3rd gens may be their best bet...for now. I think you can buy a running, driving 90's Honda for a few Hundred bucks and still have some cash left for bolt-ons.
32  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: '68 on the main page on: December 06, 2013, 11:55:38 PM
Great looking car! Thanks for the pics. Interior looks familiar...
33  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Working smog pump system on: December 01, 2013, 01:53:08 PM
Yeah...what JohnZ said is quite a bit more accurate. Sorry.
34  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Working smog pump system on: November 30, 2013, 10:51:42 AM
I think the popping is a characteristic of the AIR(smog) system pumping air into the exhaust to continue burning any unburnt fuel. Thus, the different exhaust smell. Kind of cool yours is working.
35  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Headlamp Washers on a NON RS car on: November 30, 2013, 10:41:56 AM
Has anyone actually seen one of the original 116?
36  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving on: November 28, 2013, 01:15:58 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Go Ravens!  Smiley
37  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Mecum Anahiem on: November 24, 2013, 01:11:23 AM
I thought I saw a black 67 convertible RS/SS 396/325 go for $90K. Drivetrain was claimed original though the detail didn't look that great. I thought that was quite high.
Saw a 98 Viper GTS go for $25K...Thought that was a steal!
38  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: More pics of an old Z on: November 21, 2013, 09:46:02 AM
Janobyte, it looks like all the chrome was removed, are you putting it back? Was it always a RS?
39  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Nov 23 & 24 on: November 21, 2013, 09:35:54 AM
Man! I'd love to go!
40  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Maintenance / Re: 69Z hard start, backfires on acceleration, stalls when breaking, related issues? on: November 21, 2013, 07:04:42 AM
All of the above... BUT, be careful spraying flamables on a running or hot engine.
And, make sure the choke is working right.
41  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: More pics of an old Z on: November 21, 2013, 06:46:26 AM
Really cool stuff! Great color car! Thanks for posting those.
42  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Restoration / Re: new restoration endevour on: November 09, 2013, 02:28:37 PM
I, too, have been asking the same questions of others, as well as myself, about what to do with this car needing similar work. I would certainly love to be cruising around in a fully restored and shiny silver 69 RS SS but, for me, the financial responsibility of a proper restoration and the upkeep afterwards is way too much right now. I love using the car...getting in it and driving it. I like the fact that it is an old used car that happens to be a cool Camaro. Rarely do you see a "beater" first gen on the road anymore. A car like this attracts a lot of attention too, mostly from other car enthusiasts...non enthusiasts don't really appreciate them. The question "Is it for sale?" is asked very often because, I guess, a car in this condition is viewed as obtainable...like, I'm not doing anything with it. Most, it seems, are "flippers" looking to make some cash.
The rust in various areas is getting to me and has to be dealt with. I'm struggling with this because it is sort of a "survivor" and I don't want to be just hanging new panels all over it because not only does it decrease its survivor value but is crosses that restoration line...(like, where do you stop?). Some have suggested that if I can't afford it I should sell it. Undecided In fact, most body shops I talked to had more interest in trying to buy the car from me than help me fix it. Recently, I've been in touch with a body man in my area (does some work for Ken Lucas) that understands my predicament and has expressed interest in fixing what I have and maintaining the appearance. I trust his knowledge of Camaro body work and he has an artistic eye for custom work that I think will be good for my application. I am an auto mechanic by trade so I'm able to do all "mechanical" work myself. Also, I am fortunate enough to own a 68 RS with a recent makeover and a few custom goodies which fulfill my shiny fast car fix. That has an influence on my decision to leave the 69 alone.
Regardless, this has been a tough decision for me to find a balance between whats right for the car (because I love Camaros and the hobby) and whats right for me financially and for my enjoyment. I think knowing what you want and what you will enjoy is the key. If you want a survivor, we will help and support you. If you want to take on a restoration, we will help and support you. Of course, you could throw that engine in there, cruise the countryside and think about it for a while. Smiley

John
43  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Movie / TV Camaros on: November 04, 2013, 07:45:48 PM
I just remembered the silly 80's flick with John Cusack "Better off dead". Has a cool 67 rs that gets fixed up. Love the scene where it rolls out of the garage.
44  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Originality / Re: Correct engine paint suggestions please! on: November 03, 2013, 08:22:17 AM
Come on ! no trace of orange on my OE manifolds , maybe it burned off. Somewhere it boils down what looks good. vs. perception of "correct"
Yeah, everyone's engine is going to look different. To me, the Seymour paint on that 302 looks too red. However, I like the lower gloss. I don't think most of us could bring ourselves to paint them like they were at the factory, with all the thin and bare spots, runs and sags. Jerry Macneish's engines look very neat and "perfect" probably not because he believes they came that way new. An artistic recreation of what an engine COULD have looked like when it was new would be subjected to so much criticism.

John
45  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 63K mile '69 Sport Coupe on: November 03, 2013, 07:43:06 AM
Love the car Joe! Awesome color combo! It deserves a good home where it will be respected for what it is. Low HP cars with options seem to be the real rarity these days. That's the kind of car that makes me think "I could drive a 69 Camaro every day". I wish I had the room and the time for it. Good luck Joe, thanks for the pics.

John
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