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AUSCAMARO 10-10-2008 01:12 AM

Mitch's 68 Camaro. Project 'ORANGE BLOOD'
 
Well, I suppose I better get some details down before I start the long and loborious rebuild process of my 68...

I have been looking for one for a while now and finally found something within my budget and to my liking in QLD. It arrived last Thrusday after a month long shipping fiasco through AutoTrans. It also arrived with a broken boot spoiler and gouges in the paint from some knob jockey pushing it from the back...

The car also rocked up as a non runner due to the starter motor and ring gear being lunched by the tools continually attempting to start it after it had already begun slipping.

The AutoTrans guy I spoke to told me that "It's common on these old FORD's mate"... What a Muppet!

Any way it's now in my garage awaiting some loving.. The intention is to firstly get it to a running state and then attempt to create a plan of attack as to how and where I am going to start the rebuild.

I have new floor pans (full sections) on the way from the States now as I knew that they needed to be done and the rear strut tops also need to be repaired. The boot floor seems to be solid and I can only imagine it has it's fair share of bog hiding all manner of nasties under the paint work. The chassis also looks solid and I'm hoping there won't be much work needed in that area.

I don't have a huge budget for the car and my wife and I are forcasting a 7 year build at this stage...

What do I want to achieve with the car?

I luuuurvvvv the Pro Touring look and will more than likely go down that road. I have 18" front and 20" rear polished Coys C5 rims and they will be the basis for the look I'm after.... It also has a steel 2" cowl hood and will be bumperless.

Anyways, here are some pics of what I am starting with...

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/phot...08845_2898.jpg

http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/phot...08844_2548.jpg

http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/phot...08843_2194.jpg

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/phot...08842_1853.jpg

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/phot...08841_1492.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/phot...08840_1146.jpg

http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/phot...808839_805.jpg

http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/phot...808838_459.jpg

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/phot...808837_128.jpg

http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/phot...08836_9759.jpg

Mitch

454 NUTTR 10-10-2008 07:36 AM

good luck with the project mitch are u keeping the drive line the same or going to up date and are u going black once more

cluxford 10-10-2008 08:13 AM

Mitch,

Great to see you on the board, nice clean 68 you have there, always a good place to start.

Kees us updated on the progress.

Chris

RSZ28 10-10-2008 06:17 PM

Welcome aboard Mitch. Very nice 68 to start with!

Cheers!

AUSCAMARO 10-10-2008 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 454 NUTTR (Post 7539)
good luck with the project mitch are u keeping the drive line the same or going to up date and are u going black once more

No plans on paint and driveline at this point in time.

The Mrs would like to keep it black and go black leather interior though... The car was originally Red with black stripes until the last owner decided to paint it black and I must admit I prefer the original paint scheme...
http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/phot...73117_3286.jpg



The driveline will stay as is for the short term as it's the body I want to get upto scratch first and foremost.

I'm not after a powerhouse at the moment (but that may change in the future) as I have my 13b turbo 808 for ****s and giggles...

http://a871.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...e9e5e98856.jpg http://a176.ac-images.myspacecdn.com...4c2e7b666f.jpg

So i'll just get it to a drip less reliable driveline for now..

Mitch

Nev68 12-10-2008 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AUSCAMARO (Post 7530)
Well, I suppose I better get some details down before I start the long and loborious rebuild process of my 68...

I have been looking for one for a while now and finally found something within my budget and to my liking in QLD. It arrived last Thrusday after a month long shipping fiasco through AutoTrans. It also arrived with a broken boot spoiler and gouges in the paint from some knob jockey pushing it from the back...

The car also rocked up as a non runner due to the starter motor and ring gear being lunched by the tools continually attempting to start it after it had already begun slipping.

The AutoTrans guy I spoke to told me that "It's common on these old FORD's mate"... What a Muppet!

Any way it's now in my garage awaiting some loving.. The intention is to firstly get it to a running state and then attempt to create a plan of attack as to how and where I am going to start the rebuild.

I have new floor pans (full sections) on the way from the States now as I knew that they needed to be done and the rear strut tops also need to be repaired. The boot floor seems to be solid and I can only imagine it has it's fair share of bog hiding all manner of nasties under the paint work. The chassis also looks solid and I'm hoping there won't be much work needed in that area.

I don't have a huge budget for the car and my wife and I are forcasting a 7 year build at this stage...

What do I want to achieve with the car?

I luuuurvvvv the Pro Touring look and will more than likely go down that road. I have 18" front and 20" rear polished Coys C5 rims and they will be the basis for the look I'm after.... It also has a steel 2" cowl hood and will be bumperless.

Anyways, here are some pics of what I am starting with...



Mitch

Mitch,
Your car looks nice in the photos, looks like you have good starting point.
Gotta luv a tidy 1st Gen Camaro.
Not sure about the seats though:)

Are you doing a complete strip down and rebuild or are you doing it piece by piece so you can keep it as driver?

Rgds,
Nev

AUSCAMARO 12-10-2008 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nev68 (Post 7603)
Mitch,
Your car looks nice in the photos, looks like you have good starting point.
Gotta luv a tidy 1st Gen Camaro.
Not sure about the seats though:)

Are you doing a complete strip down and rebuild or are you doing it piece by piece so you can keep it as driver?

Rgds,
Nev

Hey Nev,

I would like to keep it as a driver if I can, but I need to do the floor pans so that will obviously mean it will have to be stripped down to a fair degree.

Whats wrong with my 60's red velour pornstar seats and shag pile carpet?:D :rolleyes:

J.J. 13-10-2008 10:19 AM

good luck with the resto bro, will be watching

Nev68 14-10-2008 07:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AUSCAMARO (Post 7607)
Hey Nev,

I would like to keep it as a driver if I can, but I need to do the floor pans so that will obviously mean it will have to be stripped down to a fair degree.

Whats wrong with my 60's red velour pornstar seats and shag pile carpet?:D :rolleyes:

Hey Mitch,
You can do the big jobs over winter and keep driving through the nice weather.
It's bloody frustrating having a nice car in the shed and not being able to drive it.
Give me black vinyl (it's good for seats too :D )

Rgds,
Nev

AUSCAMARO 16-10-2008 12:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nev68 (Post 7647)
Give me black vinyl (it's good for seats too :D )
Rgds,
Nev

Ha ha, nice one :)

Replaced the starter pinion gear yesterday and shimmed the starter motor so it can mesh with the ring gear properly.

Cranked it over and whalla. She's a goer now!

Couple of quick vids for ya's...

My wife playing in the Camaro
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=aTXe_BBKIak

Taking my son for his first spin in the 68.
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz8Et9GCaIA

Cheers

Mitch

Bye the way, I went to Chev Power in Maddington today and they ha two 68's out the back. One fully resto'd over the last 11years and the other just arrived from the US with a big block in it.

Downesy 16-10-2008 01:18 AM

Car looks great mitch , does chev power have those cars advertised some were with pics ?



Quote:

Originally Posted by AUSCAMARO (Post 7671)
Ha ha, nice one :)

Replaced the starter pinion gear yesterday and shimmed the starter motor so it can mesh with the ring gear properly.

Cranked it over and whalla. She's a goer now!

Couple of quick vids for ya's...

My wife playing in the Camaro
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=aTXe_BBKIak

Taking my son for his first spin in the 68.
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz8Et9GCaIA

Cheers

Mitch

Bye the way, I went to Chev Power in Maddington today and they ha two 68's out the back. One fully resto'd over the last 11years and the other just arrived from the US with a big block in it.


AUSCAMARO 16-10-2008 01:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Downesy (Post 7676)
Car looks great mitch , does chev power have those cars advertised some were with pics ?


Nah, they are customers cars Downesy...

Mitch

AUSCAMARO 17-10-2008 12:46 AM

Couple more pics of my Toyz after a bit of a tidy up....

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/phot...52501_9843.jpg

http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/phot...852502_103.jpg

http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/phot...852503_381.jpg

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/phot...852504_651.jpg

Taking the Camaro out for a bit of a run tomorrow to see how she goes after a bit of cruising.

Mitch

69camaro 17-10-2008 11:01 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by AUSCAMARO (Post 7696)
Couple more pics of my Toyz after a bit of a tidy up....

http://photos-f.ak.facebook.com/phot...52501_9843.jpg

Mitch

Mitch,
Looks similar to the line up in my shed which includes these :D :

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Nev68 17-10-2008 07:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AUSCAMARO (Post 7671)
Ha ha, nice one :)

Replaced the starter pinion gear yesterday and shimmed the starter motor so it can mesh with the ring gear properly.

Cranked it over and whalla. She's a goer now!

Couple of quick vids for ya's...

My wife playing in the Camaro
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=aTXe_BBKIak

Taking my son for his first spin in the 68.
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz8Et9GCaIA

Cheers

Mitch

Bye the way, I went to Chev Power in Maddington today and they ha two 68's out the back. One fully resto'd over the last 11years and the other just arrived from the US with a big block in it.

Hey Mitch,
The car looks and sound alright.
Glad to see you'v gat a "driver" now, just in time for the summer.
Onya. (Gotta get mine going!!)

Rgds,
Nev


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