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1968 Camaro

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After acquiring this 1968 Camaro from a close friend, the customer dropped it off for a complete restoration with the goal of a very basic build. however, as they tend to do, the basic build snowballed into something beyond the original intention. Along with a complete rotisserie restoration, the car was fitted with flush mount front and back glass, shaved drip rails, shaved side markers, and mini tubs for larger wheels. Under the beautiful body is a full tubular coilover modern suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, and subframe connectors. Moving her down the road is a 350 with multiport electronic fuel injection and an automatic overdrive transmission sending power to a narrowed 9 in posi-traction rear end. The car was also upgraded with power windows, push button start with keyless entry, electric trunk release, and electric park brake. To go along with the hand built custom leather interior it also received air conditioning, a high end audio system with back up camera, tilt steering, and modified modern power seats.

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After an extensive amount of rust repair, the dash was modified for a double DIN radio, wider wheel tubs were installed, the firewall was slicked out and all panels were fit and gapped. The frame was blasted and painted, and the bottom side of the car was epoxied and finished for durability. After bodywork rough in, and several times of being block sanded, she was ready to be painted throughout.

Under the car we have paint matched Ridetech front and rear coilover suspension, complete Wilwood brake system, a Quick Performance narrowed 9" differential with 3.50:1 gearing, 31 spline axles, and posi-traction.

We rebuilt the 350 engine the car came to us with (the 327 was replaced some time ago). It was bored .030, over 2 relief flat top pistons were installed, The crankshaft was replaced with an Eagle steel unit, the rods re-conditioned, and all fasteners were replaced with ARP hardware. It was retro-fitted with a .530" lift Lunati hydraulic roller camshaft and Isky lifters. We topped it off with AFR aluminum cylinder heads, roller rockers, and an Edelbrock multi port fuel injection system. To keep it cool, an aluminum Griffin radiator, Derale dual cooling fans, and a Holley LS style water pump and accessory drive system was painted and installed.

For the transmission we used 700R4 we rebuilt and upgraded with a TCI streetfighter rebuild kit, redline clutches, beast sunshell, corvette servo, and a 2000 RPM stall converter.

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The car was finished out in a pearl enhanced original 68 GM color Tripoli Turquoise with a custom mixed blue and black stripes. It is sporting custom painted 18" torque thrust wheels, polished stainless steel exhaust, and a custom painted grill. The suspension, drivetrain, and engine compartment were extremely detailed and paint matched, including our signature hand built radiator hoses. It, as with every build, was built with heart. It takes a piece of us with it and we are proud of the outcome. What started out as a basic build ended up a piece of classic art that functions like a modern automobile but is anything but basic.

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