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  1. #1
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    Default Project: Camaro 68' P/T Muscle

    I bought my 68' roller mid Feb from socal and it finally got delivered last week. It got held up in customs for a few weeks at my local port, so it's been a long wait. Been wanting to build a 1st gen for years, and couldn't resist this one when it came up. The plan is to build a cool car inspired by the Pro-touring scene going on over there in the US. We don't have anything like it over here (New Zealand), but what we do have is miles and miles of fantastic country roads tailor made for a Pro-Touring car. Take a look at the image below, this road is 2 mins from my home and a good friend of mine lives about 40 miles up the road towards the mountains.
    I'm in the process of tearing it down and preparing it for the build. It's coming up pretty clean, small pockets of rust and a few dings. Hope to get it built in about 18-20 months.



    Build plan at the moment:
    Ls1/2 6sp
    Ridetech Level 1 front & rear with tru turn
    dse brake booster
    Wilwwod brakes
    TMI Interior
    Arrow Wheels? NZ made 3 piece wheels. (had them on my last car)
    RS light package

    Anyway that's the plan, only time and money and it I'll be done.

    Cheers
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    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck


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    Nice!!!!

  3. #3
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    Default Busy in the cave

    Finally got the car and have been pretty busy tearing it down. Found a few rusty surprises, but it's a pretty solid body in general. Rust under the front screen and poorly fitted replacement tail panel the biggest jobs. Small amount of rust around bottom of rear wheel arches and back window. Doors, front sheet metal, rockers, cowl area and floors are in exceptional condition.
    Waiting for replacement panels, tubs and Ridetech 4-link to arrive, will start on dse clutch bracket and small patch repairs. It takes 6-8 weeks to get parts down here in New Zealand from the US, so will try to keep the flow of parts coming as I need them.Name:  P1010287.jpg
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    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

  4. #4
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    Default Body and chassis in epoxy

    Ridetech rear end welded, Body and chassis in epoxy. Paint the underside and chassis tommorow and start putting it back together.
    Front end suspension and dse steering box should be here in a couple of weeks, on the boat from LA now.Name:  P1010337.jpg
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    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

  5. #5
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    Default Ridetech Suspension, DSE box all in.

    Progress made, suspension in, steering and more epoxy painting complete. Looking for LS1 6sp now.Name:  P1010365.jpg
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    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

  6. #6
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    Default Build inspiration

    Love this car, going for an old school look for sure. Hope 15" and big rubber doesn't a fend the Pro Touring community.Name:  Image 1.jpg
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    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

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    Dunno what the idea with the massive diameter wheels for a particular "Pro touring Style".
    We all know if the rubber can flex, the more grip you can pull out of it.

    Unless it's 14" with a 75 sidewall.
    LOLZ.


    As long as it is updated to be close to modern, has an updated engine, a nice interior and is built to carve corners - I'm pretty sure it fits Pro Touring. Hell - doesn't even have to be a "muscle" car.
    Of course it can't be a coupe/racecar or an exotic.. but you get the gist. lol

    That is my opinion of course.
    Each to their own.

    But my little Mazda wagon is gonna rip up the wiggles too.
    I wouldn't call it pro touring as such (to fill a niche) - but It's a wagon, it'll have a rotor, it's gonna get modern steering and suspension, and a hilux LSD and big brakes, and will be built to handle more than it'll be built for speed.


    BUUUUT.
    Back to the topic at hand.
    15" wheels would be 100% coool.
    But I'm sure there'd be people here that will scream "MINIMUM 17'S FOR A PRO TOURER OR GTFO!!!!!" lol.


    Looks cool so far, keep the pics rollin'.
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    Default Front sheet metal

    Got the front sheet metal mocked up today. Goodmark SS hood didn't fit to bad for a repo.
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    Just waiting for my concept render to be done.
    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

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    Very nice work so far....roads look like they will be a lot of fun to drive too!
    Gordon in Calgary

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    wow car is gonna be cool great to see another kiwi on here i like the path you are going with your car i have a 67 camaro ls1 auto dse loaded cant beat a cool g-machine!!!.keep up the great work damien if ya need any help what ever just flick me a e-mail carbreakers05@clear.net.nz cheers kabrka

  11. #11
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    Hey Kabrka, cheers for the offer of help. Good to have a few kiwi's here on P/T.com. Will send you an email shortly regarding ECU and related stuff.etc.

    cheers
    Damien
    Napier, New Zealand
    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

  12. #12
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    Default Old school cool

    My Hotrod and Custom club is having our annual shed raids this Sunday. The president (GMT) kindly lent me this mockup small block with original late 50's Hilborn Injection setup. More of a conversation piece, but Freakin Awesome!!!! Fits under the hood when closed to.
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    Damien
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    Project Page: http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?99096-Project-Camaro-68-P-T-Muscle
    Next Project: 37 Ford Truck

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    I'm also building a '68 with an ls1 and auto, I'm in Auckland. I've also got a '62 Nova with a ls1 and 6 speed manual it's a lot of fun

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    cool more kiwis!!! hey fleetside are you going to papakura swap meet??? cheers kabrka

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    Quote Originally Posted by KABRKA View Post
    cool more kiwis!!! hey fleetside are you going to papakura swap meet??? cheers kabrka
    Hope so! Need to run the Nova through for its wof and make sure I don't need to go into work

  16. #16
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    Default Concept

    Concept getting close, just a few small tweaks to go.

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  17. #17
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    Default Little steps

    Had some time off from the build, but got back into it recently. Been mocking up more bits, fitting new seats and belts.
    Have changed direction on drive train. Going with the mighty LS7 and TKO 600. Very keen to here from anyone with LS7 experience, keeping it dry sump.
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    absolutely love the LS7, Cost is the only thing keeping my current LSA wet-sump. don't know the TKO 600, but i love my TR6060. Very few complaints about the TKO, which I'm sure is the trans you refer to or is similar to.

  19. #19
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    Default Concept option #2

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    Damien
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  20. #20
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    My vote is definitely on Concept #2. Keep up the good work

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