I'm new to the forum, so thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.
I bought this 68 camaro about 4 years ago for $19K - probably paid too much because I was young and excited... but now I'm trying to determine what to do w/ her. This is not a numbers matching car. It's been sitting for almost 2 years now, and it's time to s*** or get off the pot, so to speak...
I have about $15K I can put into her, so my questions are twofold:
1. Is it worth investing the money in this car or should I sell and start over?
2. Is $15K reasonable to do the following:
BODY WORK: Car needs paint, as you can see in some of the pics there are some problem areas. Does it make sense to try to patch these spots or paint the whole car?
MOTOR: Has a 396 in there right now, however, it's a bit of a dog. probably has about 15K miles on the motor: Holly 750, Hooker Comp longtube headers (hate them because they scrape everywhere), mild cam, don't know much more about the the innards than that... Haven't had the car dyno'd, but can't possibly be putting out more than 350hp. Would like to get the car to as close to 500hp as possible, open to suggestions for a rebuild or sell the block and drop something else in...
TRANSMISSION: Has a Borg Warner T10 that's just about done... needs to be rebuilt no matter what, but would rather drop a 5-speed (Tremec?) if i'm going to do all this.
REAREND: Currently has a 10-bolt rear and is peg-legged... no bueno for putting down the power.
BRAKES: has disc all around, but they need to be looked at, as the car doesn't stop all that fantastic.
The car is currently located in Northern California, near Chico/Sacramento.
Would love to hear shop suggestions if anyone has reputable places in mind for any of this work.
In summary, I love this car and am happy to invest in her, but if I'm ever in a position I need to sell in a few years, I don't want to be upside down on her either.
Thank you for your time and input