Greetings to all from a new member. I would like to ask for some help with my decision making concerning the following Camaro:
I own a pre-X code 1969 LM1 Camaro. The car is complete, but in rough shape. (Needs rear frame rails & quarter panels, along with some floor & trunk pan work.) This was a recent barn find from Indiana. (Car was parked since 1982 when it apparently went down for brakes.) The engine and trans still work great. The car is all original EXCEPT for the short block; it is a 1973 "CE" warranty replacement block. The original top-end from Tonowanda is still there (heads & intake), along with the factory A/C, PWR Drum brakes, dual fuel lines, 12 bolt non-posi rear, and 2spd Power Glide Trans.
I know that the LM1's were a low production number, and coupled with the factory A/C, "Power-Slide" trans. and power drums, it makes it more so.
This was a Norwood car built in Oct '68, Daytona Yellow, black vinyl top, and standard black interior. Other than the rusty 1982 Indiana tag from when she went in the barn, there is no "providence" for her. (No build sheet, protecto, or window decal.) All deciphering was from VIN and cowl tags, and lots of help from info on this site and the LM1 registry.
I am torn between wanting to restore her to her former glory (very intrigued by the LM1 factor, but obviously concerned about the CE Warranty short block), or get crazy & butcher her for a pro-tour/pro street driver. Any recommendations, opinions, or friendly advice would be greatly appreciated.