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Old 10-25-2003, 10:14 AM
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Basic question on 69 Camaro

Hello,

I'm very new to old cars, but I really like the lines of the old camaros.

I just bought a '69 camaro convertible from an old man that has owned it for a long time. I had the car checked out by a bodyshop guy and he says there is very little rust and only a small place where there was rust and it was fixed by replacing the sheet metal. (I'm in Miami B.T.W)

The interior is in ok shape and the body really needs painting.

I want the car to look good but I'm not skilled enough to fully restore the car nor do I want to put that much money into it.

What I would like is to get a good paint job on the car and mabe replace some interior and exterior parts. Then drive it for a couple of years and then sell it.

My problem is that I don't want to to anything that would depreciate it.

My plan was to first check and make sure the engine and chasis don't match numbers. Since if they did it would depreicate it more to do non stock upgrades on it right?

1. Where are the numbers located on the engine and the chasis?

Assuming it's a non match I have these questions.

1. Would it be bad to paint it a color other than the original color it came?
2. Would it be bad to paint it a color that was not available at all to the camaros in the year?
3. Does puttin an aftermarket radio in the car depreciate it?
4. I've read that product date can affect value.. Where do I find the numbers on the car that show if it's an early or late production?


Any other advice is appreciated.

Thanks

Ray

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Old 10-25-2003, 11:28 AM
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In order to get an answer that's worth anything, post some pics and be prepared with more information about the car.
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From what I've seen regarding resale, mud in the quarters is almost always inevitable. If the car is a "no-match", it won't command as high a price, but because it is a "classic", you'll still get a pretty penny for it. So in that vein, if it were me, I would keep the color original, or as close to original as possible. Your future buyer may well have the matching number engine and drivetrain.

So regarding the radio, as long as you keep the original and the original mounting hardware, and you don't cut gaping holes into anyplace, you should be OK. Then when you go to sell it, you can put the original radio back in.

Also, if you are replacing interior and exterior parts, you should not have too much trouble finding '69 Camaro items. Here again, if original parts are available and reasonable, go for them first.

If you do it this way, whether it is a "matching" or non-matching vehicle, you are keeping as close to original as possible which will probably bring you a better resale price. You can then advertise it as a "vintage" vehicle for the most part, but disclose whatever swap has been done.
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CK this site and these guys will help

http://www.chevytalk.com/

Your questions would be better answered here as your questions point to the Fact you are not wanting to HotRod this car. This is a HotRod site.




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all original, what a concept

first, everybody is right. as to originality. all my cars are factory stock except for my truck, and the best thing i ever did was un-stockify it. you can put your motor back into original numbers matching quite easily because they did not start stamping the vin numbers on them till '72 so you can find alot of matching blocks out there if you look hard enough. the only one you wont find is the dz 302 and your's is not a z-28 so all you have to do is find the 327 or 350 block that it came with, whatever that was.
then, if you want concourse restroation (factory original everything), then you need factory original everything. everything according to the plates on the car, or build sheet if you can find it. original color, enamal paint, air cleaners even, no radio, then you need a radio delete plate, do not cut up the dash for a radio. then you will have a car worth over 20K. or you can customize the crap out of it. paint it the way you want, hop up any motor you want, have a body shop whip a 5000 dollar paint job on it and and STILL have a car you can sell for over 20g's. whichever!

okay, BEFORE ANYBODY CALLS ME A LIAR!!! I dont have my factory wheels on my car-DUH! (but they ARE in the garage,heh, heh, heh) and oh yeah, i dont think they painted any 66's with 95 ford paint either! ditto for my seats, but they are close as i could get!

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Re: CK this site and these guys will help

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http://www.chevytalk.com/

Your questions would be better answered here as your questions point to the Fact you are not wanting to HotRod this car. This is a HotRod site.

Todd

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If this was true then 75% of the members would be in the wrong place.

Everybody's definition of HotRod is different.

Anything you want to know about a 69 , just ask.
There are several people here that are very knowledgeable on the 69 camaros. You are in the right place as this is a HotRod site.

Build the car like you want to, it will mean just as much to you as the other guys does to him. If we all did it the same car shows sure would be dull.

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If you want to check the originality of your Camaro, you can check the numbers here: http://www.camaros.org/index.shtml or ask here: http://www.camaros.net/forum/ultimat...?ubb=forum;f=6
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