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68 Camaro For Christmas

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The high compression pistons would not be much of an issue even with a more stock cam. You might just have to buy premium gas to help with the dieseling on shut off.

As for fuel delivery. I would just find out what size Holley you have. If it is over a 600-650 I would replace it. IF it is a 600 or 650 then just put a ethanol safe kit in it. The Holley is the easiest to adjust and keep running. Have a good fuel pump with a regulator in the supply line and your good to go. Plus you can do this for 25% of the cost of EFI.

As for the cam. You do not need a hopped up cam for high compression pistons in just a driver car. So pull the cam and get one with just a mild lift.

As for the head light covers. Since the car is not fully original anyway I would go with the electric actuators. They cause fewer problems and are easy to wire.

Doing what I outlined will get you a fun car to drive without having an arm and leg stuck into it. The high lift cams and EFI injection systems are spendy. They are really not needed just for a fun drive car. With just the High compression pistons, mild cam and good four barrel it will smoke the tires. Got to remember that a Camaro is not that heavy of a street car. So unless they are wanting to go drag race they do not need a supper hopped up engine.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks everyone!

I'm kinda on hold with this for a little while, going to have to wait and see how well it was received (probably not well as bad as it runs), and how much money they are willing to spend.

I suspect he's already into this about $50k deep. Not sure if that means that's all there is to work with, or he's in so deep no turning back.

Going to have to have a heart to heart talk to explain the options and challenges of making this practical to drive. I'd like to talk to the recipient (the elderly father), feel him out on his ability to drive and what his intentions are for it.

Thanks again, I'll keep everyone posted.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

50K? Boy did I possibly mess up.
A few years ago. . . . 1980 it was, I was getting out of the Army in Ft Bragg, NC. I had been reworking a '67 Impala from bumper to bumper, new engine/trans/paint and a few other repairs.
A guy I knew had a '68 Camaro that he had been driving and had just gotten married. He wanted to trade his Camaro straight across for my Impala. I had that Impala set to run for the next bunch of years needing nothing. His Camaro needed most of everything I had just spent
years doing. I passed on it and was even kicking myself a bit back then.
I was fairly familiar with a few automotive things back in the day as I spent many hours working on other peoples vehicles.
Then I foolishly pursued auto mechanics after another stint in the military.
You have fun with that 50K ouch.
If it got dropped in my lap, I would be trying to contact the PO and see what they were willing to say.
I remember working in a tune up shop and a customer and his buddies brought in one of those "Hot-Rods". He just bought it and was bragging about the great deal he got on it. He was very excited and real happy, until I pointed out the noise way down deep below the exhaust noise and the rumpety-rumpety cam noise. The noise of a bearing knock, very slight and very deep. He was not too happy after that and having all his buddies in tow set out to return the car to the seller.
Have fun with your toy.

I enjoyed the last older gentleman who had a "Hot Rod" built. He was going down the highway, the roads were wet, but not raining, he stepped on the throttle and his "Hot Rod" spun around at 60 MPH facing the wrong way on the free way.
I believe it was a 400 Firebird with a 400 trans. His wife was with him and the car got sold. His idea. Do run-run.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wish I would of had brains enough to keep at least one of my old cars. I liked them stock like they came off the assembly line, had a 64 Impala SS, 69 Camaro SS, 77 Corvette, two El Caminos and some other ones I'd settle for now. Corvette had headers and aftermarket rims but was a nice runner and driver.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Real simple, put a GM TBI on it and a Megasquirt.

I get bashed all the time for suggesting it, then everyone complains about carburetors.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Instead of all the add on componets to system thats hodgepodge at best why not take a 5.7 vortec swap and be done. Very drive able more power than stock..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: 68 Camaro For Christmas Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-1Plowboy wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:19:37 12/25/18) Look up Edelbrock Thunder Series. Good carb with electric choke. 1/3 the price of EFI. Good performance.
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I agreei have always used edelbrock carbs, its the only way to go for a street car
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