I have been lurking around the site for a couple years now doing research on my Camaro and though I should just finally join. I'm a youngster at 22 but have been a Camaro nut forever. Here is my Camaro, I have had it since I was 8 years old. my grandfather bought the car to learn how to work on cars. He only worked on it when I was there. We spent the next 7 years restoring it. Got it done right before I turned 15, I learned how to drive a stick in this car. there are some mods to the car but all the factory stuff that was pulled off has been kept if I ever want to go 100 stock again.
It is a 1968 RS car. Numbers Matching 327/275hp car. Factory L30/M20 Camaro. Doesn't have the Saginaw in it. Didn't have it when I got it, the Muncie looks to have been there for awhile. Still has the 12 bolt and multi leaf rear springs and the 12 bolt proportioning valve on the subframe on the drivers side.
Car was a factory Matador Red with Black Vinyl top car. the jambs were still red when I got the car. Its a 3rd week of March car built at the Van Nuys Plant,
Car has been wrecked once or twice early in its life due to the front clip being replaced at one point but with original panels and its had a full quarter on it at some point. Only rust in the car when I got it was in the upper A pillar under the top. Floor and trunk are perfect. The car had a original SS hood on it and was drilled for SS badges so I kept them. the original plan was to do a yenko clone but after finding it number matching motor I decided to keep it stock, (grandpa still wanted a big block). The block was pulled out after a fun incident coming home with it. On the highway the car backfired and made a huge boom. first though was motor was blown. towed it home and my grandpa starts pulling a few things. pulls the distributer and finds the gear missing 75% of the teeth. when it backfired it sheered the teeth clean off. So the motor came out. luckily every tooth landed in the pan. block was perfect didn't need to be bored, could still see the original hone marks in the cylinders. car had power pack heads so replaced them with 68 camel humps, and added a 350hp 327 hydraulic cam. placed the cast iron manifold and quad back on. I later replaced the quad and intake with a aluminum Z/28, LT-1 intake that's a over the counter piece and a Edelbrock carb( the cast intake and quad are on the shelf).
The interior is 95% original, factory deluxe interior, factory console car, I added the gauges and then factory tic/toc/tach. the hurst shifter is another old unit.
I'm in the process of redetailing the engine compartment to bring it into more factory correct looking but more like a Z/28. Got correct valve covers, new hoses and correct clamps, and other odds and ends.
Its not 100% original and as long as I own it, it never will be. I love driving it and showing it. I try and keep the car looking stock but guys like and other first gen experts will know that's its wrong and I will admit it. I don't try and pass the car off as a fake.
Here are some more different pictures of the underside of the car.
Hope to learn more on original equipment and how things were done from the factory. its really interesting to learn how it was done back in the day.