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Hi All,

I've been searching for a great forum to join for hotrodding and building up cars. From what I've seen so far, this site is great and all of the users seem to be extremely helpful. So I decided to join.

Let me start off by saying that I love muscle cars and hotrods and have for quite some time now. I have been only dreaming about owning / building one, one day. Lucky me, one fell into my lap recently, and I couldn't refuse. I'm a mechanical engineer with decent mechanical skills, or I would like to think so, but have not done much work on cars. I have zero experience with body work, welding and painting. I don't really plan on doing any of those, any time soon. I don't have a welder or compressor and don't really plan on taking up welding and especially not painting.

The car I acquired is a 67 camaro, no motor, no trans. My first request, for those willing, is an estimate as to how much you might think it would go for. I understand it's worth what someone is willing to pay, but I just want to see if I really got a good deal.

I have millions of questions, that I'm sure most of you can answer, but I'll keep it to a minimum. I'm mostly interested in WHERE TO START?? I plan on cleaning it up, removing all dirt and junk, and remove the few spare parts that are still on the body. Then I'm considering taking the front subframe off and stripping it to the metal with a DA sander. Can anyone recommend a good budget sander?? I'll then slap a few coats of POR15 on the entire subframe. However, I don't want to waste my time. Can anyone tell from the pics if it's even necessary or worthwhile??

Most of my other questions deal with the unibody and stopping / controlling any rust. Overall it's very clean, but there are a bunch of scratches and rust spots forming under the 2 separate layers of paint. I don't know how to stop or control it now, considering that I will not be painting it ever, and I won't be sending it out for paint any time soon. Is it against the rules to use spray paint primer to protect bare metal from rusting?? Basically, I don't know how to clean up all the rust and keep it that way til real paint.

I could just use some direction as to where to start, what to do and how to do it. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I plan on turning it into a mostly stock looking street rod.

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Welcome to the board. I feel this is the best site on the web. Jon has done a marvelous job creating a professional yet fun atmosphere here.

Your enthusiasm is obvious and infectious. Don't feel bad, we all started out just where you are. No problem, in hot rodding it is definitely the journey rather than the destination that is mos satisfying.

All of your questions are super and worthy of discussion. This is a great time to familiarize yourself with the "Search" feature of the board. Go to the "Advanced Search link at the button at the top of this column. Type in your topic and you will find a wealth of information. After you have done that and have questions, by all means ask them in the appropriate forum. By first doing the search, you will get a bunch more info than in a single thread like this plus us old timers will be spared answering the same question for the umpteenth time! Getting on in years you know!
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I envy you about the for its worth let me tell you that for the shape its in just for the frame and body shell if the minor rust was repaired correctly an easy 2-3 thousand for it...those camaros are highly sought after exspecially if its an original v8 car..then the prices start going thru the roof..good luck with that saweet jealous good luck,
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Thanks for the responses.

I actually have searched the forums and didn't come up with exactly what I was looking for. Though I didn't search thoroughly or anything. Thanks for not hammering me, as I'm sure you get some of those questions quite frequently.

I'll be sure to document everything I do as I progress, if anyone is interested. Feel free to post any tips, tricks or points you feel are relevent.

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Rust - Killer


That's gonna be a nice car some day.
I still have a clear recollection of nearly being humiliated by a car just like that one...

I had a 68 Mercury LeMoyne (land yacht) with a 390 4-bbl, that would lay about a 1/2 block of rubber ... tons of torque ... or so I thought.
(I was a real Ford fan in those days ... but I'm much better now! )

My little brother's friend pulls up with a grin on his face, and wants to race me with his 6-banger 68 Camaro. Yeah, right... OK.

Imagine my shock when he starts pulling away! He really had me until I got that old boat rolling, but I finally did get by him at around the 55 or 60 MPH mark (Whew! )

I learned a whole lot about power to weight ratios in a very short time!


PS ... Get some rust-killer and put it on those bubbled areas ASAP. Permatex and Plastikote both make some for sure, and there are several others (i.e. "Rust - Mort")
These chemicals react with the rust and turn into a black sandable / primable / paintable compound. Primer alone is not enough to prevent rust ... top it with some spray enamel, even if it doesn't match the color exactly.

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You've got a great first project. A little bit of everything to do but not so awfully bad as to discourage. The car is in great shape for the age. Take your time and do it up the way you want it done, there's nothing worse than tearing a project down because you took shortcuts you're unhappy about. Good luck, Dan
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