I just came across this newsgroup today as I start to prepare to do a full
restoration to my mom's 1969 Camero (307, small block, hard top) that has
been sitting outside for the last 10 years. She stopped running it in 1995
when it was still runnable, although the engine needed work at that time.
Now that I'm out of college, have time, and the ability to do this, my mom
has given me that car as long as I won't ever sell it or abuse it. My
personal goal is to do a full restoration of this vehicle, and use it
somewhat but keep it and really appreciate it for what it is. Currently
there have been random people stopping by the house nearly every other week
asking to buy it for like $800 or some insanely stupid low amount.
The current condition of the body is as follows:
- The interior is still in great condition. Mold, water, and dampness have
been kept out for the most part, but the heat/cold changes from season to
season have cracked some of the dash and the part by the rear window.
- The exterior is the worst. The fenders and quarterpanels are showing some
pretty bad rust, that in a few places has eaten all the way through making
it brittle and fragile. The hood, top, and trunk areas show some rust, but
nothing that appears to affect the structural integrity of the metal. The
front and rear windows still are holding their seals keeping water and
moisture out. The doors are mostly rustfree and the windows seem to be fine
- The engine was in working order when it was stopped being used. But my
mom said even then it was showing signs of age, "leaks, less power, etc".
... is how do I first go about getting this vehicle restored? While I am
not an ASE certified mechanic, heck I'm not even a mechanic, but I am very
technically knowlegable and minded about things so I can learn easily.
Obviously the engine will need to be rebuilt and I have a friend who can
help me with that as needed. Secondly the body is the largest concern of
mine. I am wondering if the fenders/quarterpanels will need to be entirely
replaced or if they are fixable. If they aren't fixable, where can I go to
get replacement ones?
I appreciate any an all input into this as I prepare to get this wonderful
vehicle back on the road again.