Parked Since 1989: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

It appears that the last time this ’67 Camaro experienced the wide-open road was back in 1989. For some of you, that will be a lifetime ago, while for some of us it feels like it was only yesterday. After 30-years of inactivity, the time has come for someone to give this classic Chevy the love and care that it deserves, and to return it to active duty. The Camaro is located in West Babylon, New York, and is listed for sale here on eBay. It seems that the there are a few people keen on getting this old girl up and running again, because 14 bidders have pushed the price to $4,951, and the reserve has now been met.

For me, this is an interesting car, because while the floors look to be really solid, the trunk floor doesn’t. Put it this way: If you drop your golf clubs into the trunk of the Camaro, you’ll be picking them up off the road. The trunk floor is completely rotted away. However, structural rust doesn’t appear to be a problem. In addition, there is rust in the other usual places, such as the quarter panels, lower doors and lower fenders, and some in the rockers. Where the rust is a bit unusual is in the hood. You would normally expect rust around the edges, but there is rust-through in numerous spots well away from this area. It almost looks like something acidic has been spilled on the panel that has started the rusting process. I’m also quite intrigued by the way the paint just seems to be peeling off the car in some places, straight down to the bare metal.

Under the hood is a V8, and while the owner doesn’t tell us much, I believe that this is the 210hp version of the 327ci engine. This is backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. It isn’t clear whether the engine turns freely, but the sheer quantity of rust on the belt pullies suggests that the engine hasn’t done much for quite some time. The radiator is also missing, and since I couldn’t see it in the car (and it certainly isn’t in the trunk!), I would assume that a new one will need to be sourced. The owner has fitted the Camaro with new front tires, but I think that they will probably just make it easier to roll the car onto a trailer at this point in time.

The interior of the Camaro is funny, because it seems to be a mixture of very good components, and some pretty awful ones at the same time. The floor console, dash, and pad, all look to be quite good. There is an aftermarket radio/cassette player fitted, but it doesn’t look like the dash has been cut to fit it. The rear seat and trim, the passenger seat, and the carpet all look like they would respond well to a good clean. Meanwhile, the door trims have been cut to fit aftermarket speakers, the driver’s seat will need a new cover, and the headliner looks like it is torn in several spots. As I said, a mixture of really good and really shabby.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this Camaro. It has the sort of rust in it that is common for cars of this vintage, but it certainly looks to be a viable project car. What I find interesting is the combination of rust in the hood, and the way that the paint looks like it is peeling off the car, all the way down to the bare metal. Any ideas what this might be? One thing would seem to be certain, and that is that it looks like it might make a bare-metal repaint a bit easier to achieve.

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Comments

  1. Gaspumpchas

    Hmm u guys think it went for a swim? Rusted out hood. nothing on there that you cant get. Once you get pickin’ away on the carbuncles under this baby you might be thru it. Possibly sat on a dirt or wet floor? Not for the faint of heart, while you got the tranny out make it a 4 speed. Good luck to the new owner!!

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  2. Rock On

    This Camaro looks pretty good for being on the road for 22 years. I’ve seen both first and second generation Camaros look worst after 7 or 8 years. New York State can get snow for 5 plus months a year. That’s a lot of road salt eating away at your car.

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  3. TimM

    It looks pretty sanitary under the hood!! If it doesn’t have a crazy reserve I might be a player!!!

  4. Rik

    Looking at the alternator mount, and the temp sending unit on the thermostat housing, I’d say that’s not the 327 that came in the car originally…

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    • Steve R

      More than just the T-stat housing. It has a long water pump set up, which didn’t enter production until 1969.

      Steve R

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  5. Paul

    This car seems worth the price to me!

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  6. Paul

    I actually want to bid on it!

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  7. Comet

    If rotten rockers, quarters, and a completely MIA trunk floor isn’t considered structural rust, what is? Look at the hole in the firewall to the right of the vin tag. Remember, this is a unibody car from the firewall back.

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  8. John Oliveri

    There’s a few scenarios that can be the case here, the rockers quarters, and trunk floor could’ve been happening while it was in use, maybe the car had a respray, let’s say in 79, old laquer just flaking off, as far as the rust thru on the hood and the firewall, maybe where it was stored, for all the years had a leak directly above the hood?

  9. Paul

    Floors look solid as do frame rails, trunk floor center is gone probably due to sitting 30 years with water leaking into trunk not a big deal as far as structure, and I don’t think that’s a rust hole in the fire wall.
    I know these cars pretty well, old battery left in the car would rust hood like you see it in picture.

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