I am just back from a drag race this weekend and trying to get caught up.
I will make a short reply here and everyone can decide for themselves. When K. Waters hired me to inspect his car, he was mainly interested in having me judge the car and flag anything that was not correct on the car. His plans were to bring this car to the Camaro Nationals in June and have it judged in the Legends class if there was room, or the Bow Tie class. I evaluated the car, quality of the restoration and paperwork and wrote a three page report. I was never told by anyone that the car was rebodied. K. Waters told me that this car was rough and much of the sheet metal had to be replaced.
I cannot post my reports on a public forum as they are not for the world to see. Any work that I do for a client is between me and the client. As a licensed appraiser this is all part of an ethics cause in which I must abide. Any issues regarding this car and anyone who sold paperwork and or vin tags without a car is between the sellers and buyers........not me. On a fully restored car, it is near impossible to tell if a vin has been restamped in the cowl area. With fresh new paint, you can't ask a client to remove this paint so stampings and sheet metal can be inspected............and if welded in by a professional, it is very hard to tell from the underside too! With the new base coat clear coat paint systems, it's very difficult to verify #'s stamped here when a car is painted. All I can do is evaluate the car and all components that are on the car. I can evaluate the stampings, vin tag, paperwork and trim tag.
I have been involved as an expert witness with several court cases where high end Yenko Camaros and Z28s have had the upper cowl vin restamped or replaced. As we know, this is not good for the hobby. There are people in the sheet metal and body shop business who can switch out a cowl vin and you'd never know anything was done. That's scary but a fact of life. This is why owner and car history should be an important part of your research when buying a 1st Gen Camaro. Don't buy and ask questions later. As a licensed appraiser, author, Camaro expert and national judge, I always try to provide the most accurate inspection service available to the Camaro hobbyist.