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1972 Camaro

Post by NegativeXero on Fri 04 Feb 2011, 8:53 pm

I suppose I could start one of these on here...

I'll start with a bit of history. This was my first car and one that I had always wanted at that. Everything played out just perfectly between it and I. When I was 16 and began looking for a car, as many of us were, my uncle just happened to have this very car and was willing to give it to me as my first. I have been in love with this car since before I can even remember and am still glad to have such a beautiful car that has sparked my passion for driving, modifying, and just plain enjoying any vehicle.

When I received it it was an all original, unmolested base V8 Camaro. It had been sitting in a driveway for 10+ years due to a brake master cylinder failure and my uncle just not having the time for. He never bought it with dreams of modifying it or anything, it was just a car. It sat outside and uncovered during this time and even had a tree fall onto it. It was originally Mojave Gold in color, with a brown interior, Turbo 350 3spd automatic, single carb 350 V8. I have had it since 2002 and will stay with me for as long as I live. Now enough with the BS and onto the pictures even though I do no have many over its life.

After a bit of owning it I wanted to paint it. This is how it started and stayed for about 2 years. Primer and Bondo while I just enjoyed driving it.




I wish I had pictures/progress of it being painted, but I guess these will do. The color is Viper Racing Yellow with black stripes.


This was prepped, painted, and finished by my dad and myself in our own home. This car has never seen a professional shop, paint, body work, or mechanical.

After paint I really wanted to tackle the interior. It still had the 1972 interior. The seats were just seat covers with towels for padding, the carpet smelled, and the dash was warped.



Before:

After:

It was a lot of work, but it really did pay off for me. Most of the original interior is just, just cleaned and refinished.


Please excuse the red seats as they are only temporary.

Next I just had to tackle the engine bay. It was just a mess, wires, hoses, dirt grease and grime.





Removed AC and heater core (wish I still had them in lol), tucked some of the larger wire bundles, and just painted and cleaned whatever I could.

This is where I currently sit.




It has been a long exciting road that is no where near at an end. Currently it is in a care of my dad, who has been a bit of an inspiration and a huge help to me, while I serve in the US Air Force. However once I get back from my next deployment it is on again with my Camaro.

Future plans are:
-overhaul the suspension and put the bish on the ground.
-new interior
-auto-manual swap
-and best of all 5.3 Vortec swap that is going to get boosted with a pair of turbos.

Thanks for looking and even bigger thanks if you actually read it all!



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Re: 1972 Camaro

Post by DELUDEDBBSiK on Fri 04 Feb 2011, 9:51 pm

I love the way you restored this car. Looks really nice and clean. Good job.
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Re: 1972 Camaro

Post by Tim1137 on Sat 05 Feb 2011, 8:00 am

Wow this is great excellent job!

I am not an american classic car fan, but you did a great job with it
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Re: 1972 Camaro

Post by Christian on Sat 05 Feb 2011, 3:21 pm

^^ x2
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Re: 1972 Camaro

Post by Crazy_C on Sat 05 Feb 2011, 3:37 pm

I love '72 Camaros, and I especially love yours Very Happy Awesome stuff dude Very Happy

If you want some hefty power, have a look on the Crate Engine Depot, I got the ZZ572/720R I had in my Camaro from there and the gearbox too Smile
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