1974 Camaro Z28

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andy43

9,945 posts

257 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Epic old thing. I was about 15 years old when one of the journalists on Street Machine (or Custom Car, can't remember which) ran one of these, just the same, black over black. Electrics look interesting but it's still very very cool

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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andy43 said:
Epic old thing. I was about 15 years old when one of the journalists on Street Machine (or Custom Car, can't remember which) ran one of these, just the same, black over black. Electrics look interesting but it's still very very cool
I'll have to see if I can dig any info about that car out!

The good thing about these cars is the availability of parts. I've managed to find places in the US that sell replacement (new) wiring harnesses, switches, gauges...everything. I don't think I've ever owned a car so well catered for!

Rat_Fink_67

2,332 posts

209 months

Thursday 9th May 2019
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Great little project, I actually briefly considered this car myself when it was for sale, but decided that as I'm just about to move house it wasn't entirely sensible (not that muscle car ownership is ever sensible!).

I used to have a 1970 RS and it's the one car I wish I'd never let go. Whether it's a Camaro or Firebird, I'll definitely have another 2nd gen F-body at some point.






Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Friday 10th May 2019
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For what it's worth, I'm glad you passed on the car biggrin That 70 is stunning, I think they got the back end of that car in particular so right.

I've been buying bits I dont really need, but I couldnt pass up on these door handles. There's no real Camaro badging on the car (other than 'Z28' on the back) so hopefully these should look good.


Rat_Fink_67

2,332 posts

209 months

Friday 10th May 2019
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Rogue86 said:
For what it's worth, I'm glad you passed on the car biggrin That 70 is stunning, I think they got the back end of that car in particular so right.
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Yeah it's my absolute favourite look for the 2nd gen cars, particularly in tandem with the split bumper front and "catwalk" marker lights.

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Monday 13th May 2019
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Gave the old girl a going over with some Poorboys 'black hole' polish while the heavens emptied at the weekend. She scrubs up alright!



At the risk of being ridiculed for a PH 'selfie' biggrin


Shiny again. Also for anyone wondering how she fits in a normal UK garage!

BenLowden

6,211 posts

180 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Superb! Sad to see you've sold the RX7 but look forward to seeing more of this biggrin

irocfan

41,251 posts

193 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Excellent stuff there. I'd love an old 2nd gen but I have no mechanical skill at all and am impatient so I've had to go modern yank

Shnozz

27,715 posts

274 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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I’m getting strong urges for this era of American classic. Love it!

I’m Leeds based too so might nip to one of the cruises if I can find details.

Shnozz

27,715 posts

274 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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irocfan said:
Excellent stuff there. I'd love an old 2nd gen but I have no mechanical skill at all and am impatient so I've had to go modern yank
This is the part that puts me off too. How much TlC do these sort of cars need?

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Its really not that bad. Im far from a mechanic but Im comfortable taking something off knowing that at worst Ill have to put it back the way I found it. If anything on the Chevy there is so much space that everything is accessible and because its all mechanical you can physically see what parts do. A far cry from trying to work on the Japanese stuff Ive always had which is covered in solenoids and anything you need to get to means taking off several major components first!

BenLowden said:
Superb! Sad to see you've sold the RX7 but look forward to seeing more of this biggrin
I made several attempts at buying her back 6 months or so ago, but the current owner wasnt interested in parting ways with her.

Unfortunately she is a far cry from how she looked...




Shame to see this done to a Type R, theres really not that many of them and Im not sure why she was broken.






Still, I had 6 great years with her and Im sure Ill have another at some point. Though maybe an N/A 20B next time! biggrin



Todd Bonzalez

2,554 posts

165 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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nice car babes

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Wednesday 15th May 2019
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Todd Bonzalez said:
nice car babes
Busy at work are we? biggrin I'd prefer your V8 in it tbh!

BenLowden

6,211 posts

180 months

PH Marketing Bloke

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Those photos make me very sad cry It should be a crime to break such a stunning example! Still, onwards and upwards with the Camaro biggrin

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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I know frown

Some more pics from last night. Really need to get the DSLR on this thing.








Shnozz

27,715 posts

274 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Love the car. So, tempt me, how much TLC does it need to keep her running well?

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Shnozz said:
Love the car. So, tempt me, how much TLC does it need to keep her running well?
Day to day? Absolutely nothing!

The lack of a choke means it currently takes a bit of starting from cold, but that's an easy fix I haven't got round to yet. Besides, I think there's a charm to an old car not starting on the first turn of the key. Other than that it's arguably more reliable than my daily - a 2003 Suzuki Ignis Sport. In fact I've ended up taking the Chevy to work twice when the Suzuki had broken down!

Despite that, there's an unpredictability about the Camaro that makes me a little afraid of it and I can't put my finger on why. It genuinely feels like riding a wild horse. There's no reason to be afraid of it and yet there's something about it that keeps you on edge. It's not a particularly powerful car by modern standards and slower than most things I've owned or driven for work over the years. But I took it for a drive last night and when I got out of it I noticed a slight tremble in my right hand. It was adrenaline. I don't think I went above 60mph all the way there.

It's an odd sensation and not one that a car has ever really given me before, but it's addictive! That said, the car is an absolute nobhead magnet. Theres an almost endless sea of pud-faced Seat Ibiza drivers stuck to the back bumper of it wherever I go and maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, but I just don't have it in to me to waste the fuel these days.

I think you'd have to be a braver person than me to rely on one completely for work, but I think the days you were glad you made that decision would outweigh the ones where you realised you were a compulsive moron biggrin

Shnozz

27,715 posts

274 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Reassuring. I’ve got a large garage to fill in a lhd country and I’m more than tempted. Problem is the cars will sit for long periods unused and reliability of the older set worries me. I’m very tempted by one of these or a vette c3 from a similar era as a cruiser.

irocfan

41,251 posts

193 months

Thursday 16th May 2019
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Shnozz said:
I’m very tempted by one of these or a vette c3 from a similar era as a cruiser.
I hear you there - bottled out of buying one of these, still kinda regret it



Edited by irocfan on Friday 17th May 16:28

Rogue86

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2,008 posts

148 months

Friday 17th May 2019
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Shnozz said:
Problem is the cars will sit for long periods unused and reliability of the older set worries me.
I don't really think that would be an issue for a car like this to be honest. Lots of stories from the US of barn finds firing up after several decades without too much bother other than a battery. They're pretty agricultural in that sense.