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The 1969 Chevy Camaro Project - a Z28 Conversion

The 1969 Camaro is a rare classic and one of the best know of the muscle car era. I have wanted one of these ever since I first saw it when I was 10 years old living in the suburbs on Long Island.  I found this car and it was pretty much a mess. I completely tore it apart and started replacing everything. Along the way I installed new power disk brakes, quick ration power steering and most importantly air conditioning.  Add to that a new motor, new leather interior including all new dash (carrier and all), door panels, carpet, center console, kick panels and power windows and power door locks. After  the car got new steel form the doors forward (leaving the cab as the only original part of the car is was treated to a nice clear coated solid black paint job,. I decided against the typical Z28 stripes because the car looks great just like it sits. The car is basically a Z-28 conversion. It has all the options that came on a Z-28 with the exception of the motor (which is a 350 and basically a long stoke 302 motor) , the AC did not come on a Z-28 and neither did the auto trans. This car was built  with comfort in mind at the expense of authenticity.  I have no idea what this car started as because the cowl tag and the Vin numbers do not match. At some point the dash steel must have been replaced since the cowl tag has the original rivets.  Below are more pictures of the progress. 
Below are some pictures of the progress.

I purchased the project car for $5,000 in 2003.  To date (2004) the restoration cost an additional $18,000 + . All that is left is a little interior work and conversion to a posi rear. This car has roughly 325 HP with 350 ft lbs of torch.  Needless to say it is pretty quick and certainly turns heads and gets a lot of thumbs up when I drive it around town.  If you are building a car like this or just have questions, please feel free to e-mail me.  I ran into some strange problems that no one seemed to be able to help with so if you have similar problems don't be afraid to ask.