My 68 Camaro - suggestions needed - Camaro Forums - Chevy Camaro Enthusiast Forum

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-14-2017, 07:17 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2
Default My 68 Camaro - suggestions needed

Hi All,

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


Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2017, 05:03 AM
flat tire's Avatar
1st Gear Member

Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: somewhere between va. & wv.
Posts: 156

to put it mildly your $15K is not going to go very far
depending how particular you want to get with the body and paint you could invest 10 grand right there
are you capable of doing any of the work yourself?
I have over 30 k in mine and not done yet
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2017, 12:28 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2

I appreciate your honesty

I was thinking around 7 to 8K for paint/body work... i don't need it to be a show car, but I want it done right.

I'm capable of doing the small maintenance stuff, but I'll need the body work and drive train addressed professionally.

I was thinking $3-4K for Motor work, $2-3K for Transmission, and $2k to swap to 12-bolt rear w/ Posi.

So maybe I'm into the car for closer to another $20K?

Real question is, do those changes make my car a near $40k camaro?

Or am I going to be losing $10k on it when I sell?
Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2017, 06:02 PM
95 camaro 406's Avatar
4th Gear Member

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: troy NH
Posts: 1,923

i know its a classic but 7 to 8k for paint seems high to me 3 to 4k out hear on the east coast would be acceptable ,i can paint mine for like under 2k ,but i have a friend that will do it for less, body shop $2500.00 or so,but i dont have any body work to do,like you said your not looking to make a show car ,but could still be there
Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2017, 08:49 PM
Y2K's Avatar
Y2K Y2K is offline
3rd Gear Member

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yacolt,WA
Posts: 1,164

Pretty sure it's not a true SS so that hurts the end value quite a bit.
You should look up the codes and find out what it really is for starters.
An SS would have a 12 bolt rear with multi-leaf springs and a T-10 is the wrong trans, a good trans but a Camaro SS would have come with a Muncie.
The hood is also wrong for a '68 SS,'69 was first year for that hood.
What the paint will cost is hard to say, looking at he pics I would not be too surprised to find out there's a lot of rust and bondo under the paint that's on there and who knows what else so you are probably not far off on the cost if not under what it will really cost to bring it back done right.
It has potential to be a real nice car but a $40K car I dunno,maybe if it is a real SS but you'll spend a lot to get it there and if it's not an SS you'd be lucky to break even on it.
Here's some reading for you that will make your head spin. lol
Camaro Factory Options

Last edited by Y2K; 02-19-2017 at 08:54 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2017, 10:00 AM
Icecobra's Avatar
1st Gear Member

Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Gilroy California
Posts: 162

Good day to all, I am also in Nor-cal and would be interested in the car at about 14k needs a lot of work.. Your upside down now and its only going to get worse. The rear end alone is going to set you back about 3k to 3500 so plan on it. Paint and body 10k is much more realistic, I just did my engine nothing fancy was 3500 just for the engine and about 2k more in things you need I did the labor myself. Transmission is going to set you back 1k to just get it rebuilt the 5 speed conversion will run you about 5k by the time your done. Assuming the interior is top notch a realistic number is more like 30k to 40k and then you can sell it for about that... These things are money pits and if you love it the cost should not matter. If you want to make an investment this is not the thing to do.....
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Driveshaft Suggestions needed Pfeifer30 67-69 Transmission & Differential 1 06-20-2013 05:16 AM
SUGGESTIONS NEEDED: Help Categorize this list camarosource Lounge 3 12-28-2011 05:26 PM
HELP! I want a nose job on my 95! Suggestions needed!! Camaro_Ladii 93-02 General 14 09-03-2010 04:06 AM
looking for heads, suggestions needed endo Engine & Internal 3 05-24-2010 10:03 PM
new and suggestions needed petefudal New Members Area 1 09-30-2008 11:06 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:54 AM.