1968 camaro buying advice?

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i don't know if a clone will appreciate or not, but if you keep it the same state it is in, it's price should stay steady with inflation, and as they get rarer it'll slowly go up

if you are looking for a weekend cruiser, this should be a decent car for you

if everything has been done that recently, and it has had it's regular maintenance, it could easily be a headache free car, but, depending on the restoration level of it, problems could develop further along the line, was it originally an I6 vehicle? if so, did they swap everything out that was needed to make it a proper V8 vehicle? if not, that will be a problem

as for rust, and detecting it and other surface defects, parts places such as National Parts Depot (http://www.npdlink.com/) have tools that can detect how much bondo has been used to cover up damage
for specific areas of where rust might be, you'll prolly need to go to a classic Camaro specific site, there is a good amount of info here, but it's too diverse to give you exactly what you need (i'm a Mustang man myself, but most of what i've found out can apply to your problem as well)

i'd suggest getting it checked out by a qualified mechanic, try to find one of the "good ole boy" places, some place that prolly has someone working there that owned one new or something, someplace familiar with old vehicles that will know what to look for

one last question, what are your plans for the car? will it be a weekend driver? gonna be a track car? other?

posted by  asa67_stang

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Don't forget to kick the tires. That is the first thing you should do!

posted by  BavarianWheels

I am thinking of buying a 68 camaro SS Clone. The asking price is $17000 and appears to be in excellent condition. I am going to drive it this weekend and would like advice on what to look for and what to ask.
For example....

Where are the problem areas for rust for this car?
What are common mechanical problems with this model?
How reliable are they?
How much does it weigh?
How do I verify the numbers match?
Is that a fair price for the info I provided?

Here is what I know

rebuilt and slightly modified 350
turbo 350 transmission
aftermarket gauges
New paint / new interior

Thanks

posted by  redweeble1

No, its not going to be a daily driver but was just wondering what kind of mechanical headache its going to be.

And your right I don't know what I am getting into but I am trying to get as much info as I can so thank you for your post.

I think everything has been redone within the last 4-5 years and I doubt it has been driven very often. I hear rust is the biggest concern with older cars so I guess I will need it checked out on a lift and the usual problem areas.

Will a clone car appreciate at all?

Thanks

posted by  redweeble1

Where are the problem areas for rust for this car?
What are common mechanical problems with this model?
How reliable are they?
How much does it weigh?
How do I verify the numbers match?
Is that a fair price for the info I provided?

for that price, and for what has been done (depending on how long ago it was done) it shouldn't have any problems, if it has been repainted, then it shouldn't have any rust (it might though, check all seams, bottom of doors, anywhere you can think that water, or leaves might collect, the leaves will hold water in)
reliable? i think that's the wrong question to ask... are you going to use it as a daily driver? if so, then be prepared to spend money on a vehicle that is not under warranty, and will be moderately expensive to fix if it does get hurt

i'm all for people recycling and driving old steel, but it doesn't really sound like you know what you might be getting into...
by all means, i hope you continue on and buy it, but be careful is all i'm saying

good luck

posted by  asa67_stang

It has the original motor just pepped up a bit from what the guy told me. Here is the link if you want to take a look at it. A guy I work with says its WAY over priced for a clone. But he is kind of a know it all and tends to exagerate.

http://adcache.collectorcartraderonline.com/10/3/2/59105432.htm

This car is to replace my current weekend cruiser which is a 2001 z28 so I am expecting a huge decrease in performance in trade for something that looks REALLY cool and hopefully will hold its value unlike my 2001. This one caught my eye because it is so clean without all the striping / raised hood etc. I also like the 65-68 mustangs quite a bit but the camaro is my favorite.

Thanks again for your help!

posted by  redweeble1

looks impressive...
i'd be cautiously positive about it

but one thing you need to remember, if, for whatever reason, you feel unsure about the car, taking it for a test drive and it acts funny, strange smells after running, anything, you need to do this

Step back mentally from the car, and all thoughts of buying it
Check up on whatever set you off to it
Come back later, and ask questions of the owner

then, if you still feel "iffy" just drop it and walk off, there will be another one down the road that you'll be able to find, if you are patient and do your homework (which you seem to be doing) you should come up with a good car that'll be mostly trouble free

good luck

posted by  asa67_stang

I really don't feel like reading right now but check to see how the wheel bearings are (Grab a tire and shake it back and forth. It you hear clanking, they're F*ucked up). That's what I do anyways.

posted by  Satty101

If you hear any sloshing, it could be that there is liquid in the fuel tank...

posted by  BavarianWheels

huh?
clanking Vs. sloshing?
ummm

i'm confused for some reason

posted by  asa67_stang

Don't be...just wannabe humor. :rolleyes:

posted by  BavarianWheels

ahhh...
ok, thanks for the clarification

posted by  asa67_stang

his was. mine was serious.

posted by  Satty101

i know

posted by  asa67_stang

I agree. This is the best test to check the quality and value of a used car, and truth be told the only one really needed. Don't waste your time checking for rust, structural damage, etc.

By the way. Can I have your permission to share this information with my techs? It could save us hours every day not having to look it up. Sometimes we don't feel like reading either.

posted by  vwhobo

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Hence the liquid in the tank comment...

posted by  BavarianWheels

Me? go ahead. Share the knowledge.

posted by  Satty101

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