Dormant Project: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Project

This Camaro has been owned by the same person for 35 years, but for the last 10 it has sat dormant. Luckily, the car has been kept inside and all the parts in boxes. The 327 V8 has already been rebuilt and it’s connected to a 4-speed transmission. The sale also includes many new parts. It’s usually not a good idea to take over someone’s unfinished project, but if bidding doesn’t go much higher, this one could be tempting. It’s located in West Berlin, New Jersey and is listed here on eBay where bidding is currently under $6k with only a day to go!

Parts All Organized

This is a very good sign! The parts have been packaged and labeled, so reassembly shouldn’t be impossible. There’s even a few manuals there to help with the job. The seller was obviously well-organized, but you should still budget for a lot of missing parts because things inevitably get lost over the years. We have learned this lesson the hard way by taking on a few disassembled projects of our own…

Rebuilt 327

The 327 V8 was reportedly rebuilt by a speed shop, but it hasn’t run in over 10 years so plan on some refreshing. The seller doesn’t mention if this is the original engine, but the VIN does tell us that it did come with a V8. Depending on how original everything turns out to be, this could be a good candidate to restore back to factory specs. Then again, the sale includes a cowl induction hood, rear spoiler, and front disc brake kit so maybe a few tasteful modifications could be justified.

Rear Quarter

The body looks really good in photos and I guess it should as the seller mentions that they have already replaced quite a bit of the sheet metal. Hopefully all the work was performed well so the next owner can just focus on getting it painted and all put back together. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t sit in the next owner’s garage for another 10 years!

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Comments

  1. RoughDiamond

    That is the kind of 1st Gen Camaro project one hopes to run across. That Camaro is going to be a beauty when it’s finished. I presume the front fenders are just bolted on otherwise that is one heck of a door gap alignment to correct on the right.

  2. Jeffro

    Is that corrosion on the intake manifold? Makes me wonder what inside of engine looks like.

    • Alan (Michigan)

      Most of that is dried antifreeze, I think.
      I recently did some recommissioning on a ’65 Plymouth Fury III, which had a very similar effect. Whoever made those dang chrome water outlets was not too good at it, and the one on the Fury was leaking about the same as this one. A bit of work to get it flat, and it sealed properly.

    • Bobsmyuncle

      Clearly that is antifreeze. What is this Fox News?

  3. BOBv

    I won’t buy this thing for the engine, good 1st Camaros are hard to find.

  4. Bruce

    It looks like a coolant issue on that intake. If the engine was broke in on a stand it might have had a leak around the neck, or maybe they replaced the coolant hose. Price seems fair for a project like this.

    Bruce

  5. 68 custom

    If it is a L30/M20 car it would be very nice restored and a little rare, I do see a 12 bolt in the pics. Poor mans SS.

  6. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    You would think after 35 years of ownership you would know by now if your tranny was a M-21 or a M-22.

    • 68 custom

      if this was a factory 327 4 speed car and not an SS it most definitely was equipped with a Saginaw tranny. if your interested google L30-M20 Camaro and read about it. here you go..
      http://www.camaros.org/l30m20.shtml

  7. Alan (Michigan)

    Love to have the alignment rack it is sitting on…. Old school is good.

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