Well, here it is, my inflationary investment. Seems 1969 Camaros are going through the roof. I found this one on Craigslist and the seller agreed to knock 6K off his asking price. This fit right into my budget.
There's nothing special about the car. It's a California Camaro, 350 CI, 350 Turbo, 10 bolt rear with 2.73 gears. Highway friendly.
It is a STOCK AIR CONDITIONING Camaro. Just needs to be sorted. I have no idea about the paint. It looks like a custom mix, copper and silver ralley stripes.
Power Steering, Power Brakes, , front disc brakes, new interior with copper thread used for stitching accent on the seats. OEM radio. Nice throaty dual exhaust.
The front coils were cut so I ordered stock replacements to get the nose back up. New aluminum radiator.
Nothing special except it's mine. Little things need fixed here, and there, but overall rust free, new interior, and an easy driver. Everyone should own at least one 1969 Camaro in their life. This is my second as my 1st one got destroyed by a transporter.
Time to get wrenching. I promise NOT to put Z/28 badges on it.
UPDATE: The coil springs are in and the Camaro now sits level, with the top of the fender openings reading identical. YEEEEEEEHAW!!
Now, the next project: Do you think these plug wires are just a bit too long? Oh and of course they managed to get against the headers.
So I am going to cut the wires down and splice new ends and contacts on them and make them to fit. All the damages to the plug wires are at the ends by where the boots are. So, why not keep the wires and make new spark plug wires???
I'm environmentally friendly without knowing it. Greta would be proud of me.
The Edelbrock valve covers on the engine has seen better days. Chrome peeling, stains and Vick Edelbrock would not be pleased to see his name on these at a car show.
I got had buying a set off an EBay seller who said his were stock height, and came with gaskets and the bar clamps to keep the cover flat.
They arrive, and I've never seen such a tall valve cover. 4 inches tall. I couldn't fit them under, or around the wiper motor, or the power brake booster. Sent the seller a message, and he gave me the equivilant of too bad so sad.
So I decided now to TRY to paint these Edelbrock covers. I spent most of the morning with sandpaper and green scotch brite and a wire wheel.
Here's where I'm at with the process
Oh this was fun. One would think changing plugs on a 350 is easy. UNLESS the engine has HOOKER HEADERS. I was not a HAPPY HOOKER with these headers. If I told you how long and what it took to get these old plugs out, my man card may be revoked and a spatula put in my hand.
After many countless posts, other owners of these headers on Camaros confirmed, HOOKER HEADERS SUCK.....
I finally got these plugs out and I'm replacing them with shorty plugs due to the close proximity of the headers to the plugs. If I could afford new headers I would but I'm saving up for my golden years.
and these shorty plugs were no joy to install. They have a 3/4 inch base so I had to buy a 3/4 inch spark plug socket just for them. I used the old fuel hose on the ceramic part of the plug to get the threads started. And other tricks to try to worm the shorty plugs behind, around or through the headers. HOOKER HEADERS SUCK.
My neighbor, who's a pastor, had to help me install the last plug as I laid UNDER the car holding the socket onto the plug and he worked a box wrench on the end of the socket. NO CUSSING AND SWEARING ALLOWED.
But at least all the plugs are changed. Thank you LORD!!!!
All painted up and looking GREAT, until I dropped it on the stones.
I have nephropathy in my one hand and I don't have a true feeling of how much pressure I have on something. SURE 'NUFF' I didn't have enough grip on the valve cover and into the stones it fell.
I just stood there, thinking of the scene of Tom Hanks in the movie "The Money Pit", when the bathtub he's filling by bucket, as he gets the last bucket in the tub, the tub falls through the floor into the floor below crashing into a skillion pieces.
He just stares, and begins an hysterical laugh, scream, cry, asthma inhale, and it goes on and on.
I saw myself in that scene. If you haven't seen the movie, it's a good one. I give it 2 Siskels and 2 Eberts THUMBS UP as my rating.
Well, time to go mend a marred valve cover.......later dudes.
Spent a few hours today "trying" to recall how to post videos here AND on my old You Tube channel.
I had one a year or so ago, where I downloaded videos of wild elk coming into my back yard for water. My neighbor installed a non-freeze water tank and a feed tank. I had as many as 25 elk in my back yard at times.
I had to delete them due to it being illegal to feed wild game in the National Forest. I wasn't breaking the law, but I didn't want my neighbor getting into trouble.
So back to my first statement, it took awhile to re-school me on videos.
Time to head back to the garage to look for leaks, and pull the fill plug on the diff BEFORE I drain it. Maintenance was not the previous owner's strong suit. Oil, filter, trans fluid and filter, you guys know the drill. Like Dave said, it's all in the details.
I just discovered the Brake Release rod and handle, you know the black handle with the word Brake Release on it, is GONE.
Silly me I didn't notice that before I bought the car. It's hard to catch everything when you're dealing with a seller and talking and etc.
So, I've asked if the handle and rod are available and it seems the rod is internally attached and woudl require some welding.
So after the rear gear is changed then it's on to the Parking Brake Assembly. I wanted to adjust the shoes and lube the cables anyway.
The funny thing is, I set the Parking Brake and when I went to release it, THEN I noticed the handle and rod was missing. I got the brake mechanism to release using a screwdriver. Thank you Lord.