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Third gen Camaro worth hotrodding?

I can buy a '82 base model Camaro with the 4cyl and 4spd for $2000. I have a '81 Caprice with a 305 and automatic. Is this a project worth doing for an old man like me. The Camaro has a good body with no dents or rust issues but I don't know if it would be worth any more than $2000 with the 305 in it.

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Check the firewall under the heater blower motor,
inside and out.

Also the horizontal seam, again the firewall, behind the distributor.
That old it will need resealing on the inside of the plenum.


Putting a 305 in is just an engine swap not hotrodding it.
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You have already been given some good info but I thought Id chime in. I believe you could Hot Rod the 3rd gen camaro. That car is popping up more and more looking hella cool. Hot Rodding is sweet because its a mix of style, cool factor, a lil art, and of coarse YOU and what you like. It can be done on the cheap or done extremely costly. You can make almost anything cool including 6's 8s' 10's 12's flatheads, even 305's. Maybe you wont ever want to sell it. Just enjoy the project and youll be happy.
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Here is 82 if the picture goes,I have not had very good luck getting pics to show up. It was a V6 with busted crankshaft, Went to sbc 350.
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Extremes of course but everyone can build to their own cost level.
I know from experience used parts for these cars are rising in price,
some parts are just not available.
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The third gen cars are a heavy car. So if you want it to move,you have to get after it with some power. There are guys swapping in LXs with T56's. The best of both worlds might be a turbo 5.3 for gas mileage and HP.
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Torque moves a car.
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I checked the areas prone to rust and found some. The floor pan was beat up like someone didn't know where to put the floor jack. I had better finish my '73 Triumph Spitfire project anyway. Then I should work on my '70 Chevy C10.
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I went over to England to look at an IROC that was for sale.
Beautiful red it was with a tan cloth interior, went like a scalded cat.
I asked the guy where it was imported from in the States.
He says Detroit Michigan.
He goes indoors to drink tea.
I lay down and look under the car, it was rust from front to back.
He was quite pissed that I had decided not to buy.
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I can buy a '82 base model Camaro with the 4cyl and 4spd for $2000. I have a '81 Caprice with a 305 and automatic. Is this a project worth doing for an old man like me. The Camaro has a good body with no dents or rust issues but I don't know if it would be worth any more than $2000 with the 305 in it.
Once a year or two, I find these $2000 specials. Perfect body vehicles, run, good options, and super clean. My group of freinds needs to talk me out of. They arent coming around as much. My truck was superclean $1900 85C10 305/Th350C 3.73 8.5 rear.

A manual is very fun way to drive your build.

A couple tips I cannot confirm -

The 8.8 ford rear end will bolt in to a 3rd gen camaro / firebird common 3.73+ ratios. It is the cheapest 3rd member avalible . It is the correct enough width depending. A poor mans 9" rear, stronger than the gm 8.5 rear.

The L 33 Ls 5.3L is a very hot small block. Makes impressive results and can be had complete for about $5-600 with the 4L80 trans. Makes 300+ hp as is. Hot turbo tip they can internally take 16psi constantly. Many single T45 turbo kits and recipes to make 600hp. 600hp and cheap, and fast, and reliable. Hotroding is never gonna be the same.
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honestly you can find one already done with some hp in place for $2500 to $3500!
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