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  1. #1
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    1968 Camaro

    I've been lurking around here since I got this car about a year and a half ago. Since I've got nothing but spare time right now I figure I might as well do this. When I got the car I was looking for something in pretty good shape, that wouldn't need too much work that I would keep mostly original. I found this one and bought it the night I went to look at it. Lesson learned...don't buy a car without looking at it in the daylight. As you already guessed, it had rust. The truth is that I knew better. I had been looking for one for weeks and got impatient. Making the repairs isn't a big deal, it just adds time that I wasn't counting on. This has been a pretty slow moving project and I haven't taken as many pictures as I should, so it won't take too long to get you all caught up. Here it is as I brought it home.
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    Well it didn't take long at all for me to decide that the 400 small block that came in the car wouldn't cut it. So I found a great deal on an LS3 and TR6060 out of a 2015 Camaro with only 15k miles on it. I guess I didn't take any pictures before I took everything apart. I couldn't believe how much stuff they sent. It seemed like I got half of the car. At this point the plan was still to rebuild the front brakes, add discs in the rear, new bushings and ball joints, etc. Just get it street worthy.

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    While I was cleaning everything up I realized that the subframe was a little more banged up than I realized. Then when went to install the Global West solid body mounts I saw that it was in pretty bad shape. So out came the subframe. Somewhere about this time I decided that I needed to learn how to weld, so I bought a Hobart 210 MVP and started learning how to use it. Go easy on me, I'm still learning! I made those repairs and welded up all of the seams while was at it.

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    The floor needed some work. When I started I was just going to do 2 or 3 patches. Then I decided to do the whole passenger side. After messing around with it for a while I figured out that the butt welds were going to be a whip, and I probably wouldn't be satisfied with how they looked when done anyway. So I went ahead and cut the whole thing out and put in a 1 piece pan.Name:  IMG_4138.jpg
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    Somewhere along the way my plan for the car changed drastically. I would have really liked to get a new subframe but that just wasn't going to fit in the budget. So here's a list of parts that I went with:

    Speedtech GT suspension kit
    -upper and lower control arms
    -Chicane coilover conversion kit
    -Viking coilovers
    -torque arm
    -trailing arms
    -front and rear sway bars
    AFX spindles
    Detroit Speed 600 steering box
    Wilwood Aero 6 front brakes
    Wilwood Aero 4 rear brakes
    Detroit Speed mini tubs
    Detroit Speed sfc's
    US MAG PT2 wheels 18x9, 18x11
    275/35R18, 315/30R18

    Oh, the rear end. I decided to stick with the 12 bolt that came in the car. It will be narrowed with a True Trac, 3.73's, 33 spline Strange axles, and MillerBuilt floaters.

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    Tired of typing for tonight but here's one last pic. I'm very happy with how the wheels turned out. I went with US Mags because I have a longstanding relationship with the manufacturer. Forged, multi-piece, and powder coated the color of my choice, Storm Grey.

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    Good stuff Woodsie! Going to be a very nice ride and those wheels will give the look for sure!
    '67 Camaro SS - Under Construction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth67 View Post
    Good stuff Woodsie! Going to be a very nice ride and those wheels will give the look for sure!
    Thanks!

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    Cool build! Love seeing the DIY!

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    I love a good snowball, it's going to be a great project

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    I'm sure some of this is not in the order that it was actually done. I really wish I'd done a better job of taking pictures and keeping better notes. Oh well.

    After making the repairs to the subframe I wanted to get it to powdercoat. One thing left to do before that could happen..the Chicane brackets. I did the cutting and prep work but I really wanted them TIG welded so I got my buddy Justin to help with that. He is very good at what he does and I will be relying on his help quite a bit as the project progresses.

    I'm not sure why I'm having so much trouble with that first picture. Tried to fix it several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F-Body International View Post
    Cool build! Love seeing the DIY!
    Thanks! I'm having fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimjim View Post
    I love a good snowball, it's going to be a great project
    Yeah, it's funny how that happens. Thanks

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    Next I decided to start on the trunk pan as it was pretty rusty, caused by a bad leak from rust damage around the rear window. After I cut the pan out I decided to pause on that and get started on the mini tubs. Doing that so that I can get the wheels under it so that we can measure for the rear end. Justin will be building it. I had a difficult time getting the correct bend on the closeout for the frame rails so I ended up cutting it into 3 sections. Once I finish welding everything I'll grind it down so it looks good before undercoat or whatever I decide to use.

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    And this is where I'm at right now. Over the next few days I will hopefully get the tubs and trunk finished. Justin will be starting on the rear end soon.

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    Can't wait to see these behind those wheels.

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    I forgot to mention earlier that shortly after I got the new motor we went ahead and put a Texas Speed stage 3 cam in it. Along with their valve springs, pushrods, trunion kit, and Melling oil pump.

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    Love this car and great job with the frame!!


    1968 Camaro LS6, T56, Z51 brakes, 12 bolt, Speedtech, Hotchkis, DSE
    1976 T/A LS1, 6 Speed, C5 front brakes, and etc. SOLD

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryeguy2006a View Post
    Love this car and great job with the frame!!
    Thanks! I remember reading through your whole thread a few months ago. Great work.



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    Nice build! I’m liking the patina on the car...it’d be awesome if you were able to keep it as you fix everything on the body. The frame’s gonna look great when you get it assembled! Keep up the good work!
    Shane
    #theanchorholds
    Link to my build thread:
    http://lateral-g.net/forums/showthread.php?t=56387

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmachine1911 View Post
    Nice build! Iím liking the patina on the car...itíd be awesome if you were able to keep it as you fix everything on the body. The frameís gonna look great when you get it assembled! Keep up the good work!
    Thank you! Yeah the thought of leaving the paint as is occurred to me but I just donít think it will work. Too many repairs to make. And Iíll most likely be replacing the header panel and a fender. And probably the hood as well...Iím not liking the SS hood for this build. Iím very undecided on the color Iíll paint it. If I had to decide today it will either be white or the original Grotto blue. But thereís a good chance I end up going a completely different direction before itís time to make that call.

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