How to Restore Your Camaro 1967-1969

How to Restore Your Camaro 1967-1969

by Tony Huntimer, Brian Henderson

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Overview

How to Restore Your Camaro 1967-1969 by Tony Huntimer, Brian Henderson

About 700,000 Camaros were built from 1967 to 1969. The first-generation Camaro has won a die-hard following and has become an iconic performance car. Camaros in excellent condition command very high prices, so many owners are compelled to perform a professional-grade original restoration. Since these cars are about 40 years old, many cars need second or third restorations, and as time goes by, these cars will continue to appreciate and require restoration. That's where How to Restore Your Camaro 1967-1969 comes in. While some owners can afford to pay shops to perform a 100-point restoration for show car competition, many owners want to perform a faithful, detailed restoration themselves, so the car maintains its collector value and use it as a fun weekend driver. This book will serve those owners.

A lead title in our Restoration Series, How to Restore Your Camaro 1967-1969 will provide in-depth, hands-on information and photography for restoring these popular and historically significant cars. It covers all aspects of restoration, including engines and drivelines, bodywork, interior and trim, suspension, brakes, chassis, and steering for the first-generation Camaros. Organization and planning will be covered, so restorers can stay on task. Disassembly, inspection, and sourcing the best parts will also be covered. This volume will deliver a concise and revealing overview of each subject area and shows the most critical aspects of the restoration process with sequential step-by-step photos and detailed captions. The most efficient techniques and best products for returning each component to like-new condition will be covered. With this information, owners will be able to determine what's involved in each step of the restoration and decide whether to perform the work themselves or outsource it to a professional shop. Color step-by-step how-to information on Camaro restoration has never been offered in a package like this before. Finally, Camaro owners have the book they need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613252246
Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 381,989
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tony Huntimer has been into hod-rodding since he was old enough to build model cars. He purchased his first V-8 muscle car and has been sold on them ever since. After graduating high school he worked for five years as a mechanic and was able to gain first-hand knowledge on how Detroit designed and engineered their chassis, bodies, and interiors. Tony has written articles for Popular Hot Rodding and Drive Magazine as well as How to Build and Modify GM Pro-Touring Street Machines and How to Build Ford Restmond Street Machines. Currently Huntimer is a freelance writer/author and property manager. He enjoys working on and driving his 1968 Chevy Camaro with a 396-ci stroker engine. He lives in San Jose, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction — How to use this book
Chapter 1 Planning, Organization, Tools and Materials
Chapter 2 Instrument Panel and Dashboard Restoration
Chapter 3 Electrical System Restoration, Wiring Repair/Upgrade/Installation, Radio Repair/Restoration/Upgrades/Hide-away Units
Chapter 4 Steering Wheel, Steering Column and Pedal Restoration
Chapter 5 Firewall Pad, Carpet and Headliner Restoration
Chapter 6 Doors, Door Panels and Glass Restoration or Replacement
Chapter 7 Convertible Top Restoration or Replacement
Chapter 8 Seats: Upholstery Replacement, Vinyl and Leather Repair, Seat Belt, Console and Restoration; Power Seat, electric motor restoration
From B&T:
Acknowledgments 5 (1)
Introduction 6 (1)
*Getting to Know the Camaro 7 (13)
Valuable Camaros 8 (2)
Acquiring a Camaro 10 (6)
Identifying a Fake 16 (1)
Identifying Your VIN Plate 17 (1)
Deciphering the Cowl Tag 18 (2)
*Getting Started 20 (8)
Skills 20 (1)
Tools and Tool Basics 21 (1)
Materials and Specialty Tools 21 (1)
Where Do I Start? 21 (1)
Repair or Replace? 22 (1)
Game Plan 22 (1)
The Process 23 (1)
Original or Reproduction? 24 (1)
Parts Sources 25 (1)
Documentation 25 (1)
Organization 26 (1)
Disassembly 26 (2)
*Bodywork 28 (13)
What Should be Replaced? 28 (1)
Common Rust Areas 29 (2)
Floorpan Replacement 31 (1)
Sound-Deadener Removal 32 (1)
Quarter Panels 32 (4)
Body Panel Alignment 36 (1)
Dings and Dents 37 (1)
Paint Removal 38 (2)
Body Stamp Care 40 (1)
Cowl Tag Removal 40 (1)
* The Painting Process 41 (17)
Can You Paint? 41 (1)
Why are Shops so Expensive? 42 (1)
What Can Go Wrong? 42 (1)
Decisions about the Outcome 43 (1)
How Correct? 43 (1)
Interior Paint 44 (1)
Underbody Paint 45 (1)
Firewall Paint 45 (1)
Cowl Paint Differences 46 (1)
Black Cowl Paint to Firewall Transition 47 (1)
Trunk Paint 47 (1)
Spraying Format 48 (1)
Spraying Disassembled Parts 49 (1)
Masking 49 (1)
Steps Before Spraying 49 (1)
Black-Out Paint 50 (1)
Stripes 50 (4)
Vinyl Top 54 (1)
Powder Coating 54 (1)
Scuff and Buff 55 (3)
*Engine Rebuilding 58 (17)
Selecting a Machine Shop 59 (1)
Identification 59 (2)
Inspecting and Preparing Parts 61 (3)
Engine-Rebuilding Lubricants 64 (7)
Dampers 71 (1)
Gaskets 72 (1)
Picking Parts 72 (2)
Extrude Honing 74 (1)
Engine Fasteners 74 (1)
Factory Engine Detailing 74 (1)
Factory Clamps 74 (1)
*Transmissions 75 (13) Removal Safety 75 (1)
Manual Transmissions 76 (1)
4-Speed Manufacturers 77 (10)
Overdrive Transmissions 87 (1)
Automatic Transmissions 87 (1)
*Differentials 88 (9)
Inspection 88 (1)
Aftermarket Gear Sets 89 (1)
Gear Swap and Rebuild 89 (6)
Backlash 95 (1)
Test Drive 95 (1)
Identifying Parts 96 (1)
Identifying Gear Ratio 96 (1)
*Brakes 97 (14)
Original Components and Restoration 97 (1)
Brake Hardlines 98 (1)
Master Cylinder 98 (1)
Hold-Off Valve 99 (1)
Brake Distribution Block (with brake warning) 99 (1)
Pressure Regulator Valve 100 (1)
OEM Brakes 101 (1)
Home-Brewed 4-Wheel Disc Brakes 102 (1)
Aftermarket Components 102 (6)
Install the Master Cylinder 108 (1)
Proportioning Valve 109 (1)
Residual Pressure Valve 109 (2)
* Front Suspension 111 (11)
Pre-Disassembly Inspection 111 (1)
Separation Anxiety 112 (2)
Front Suspension Tools 114 (1)
Front Suspension Removal 114 (1)
Subframe Changes 115 (1)
Subframe and Control Arm Problems 116 (1)
Painting Suspension Parts 117 (1)
Rebuilding the Subframe 118 (1)
Replacing Body Bushings 119 (1)
Installing the Subframe 119 (3)
* Rear Suspension 122 (13)
1967 122 (1)
1968 123 (1)
1969 123 (1)
Mono-Leaf vs. Multi-Leaf 123 (1)
Spiral Shocks 123 (1)
Aftermarket Shocks 123 (1)
Spring Perches 124 (1)
Leaf Spring Removal 125 (1)
Isolators in or Out 126 (1)
Leaf Spring Bushing Types 126 (1)
Performance Leaf Springs 127 (1)
Installing Leaf Springs 127 (1)
Rear Sway Bar 128 (7)
* Electrical 135 (8)
Safety Tips 135 (1)
Battery 136 (1)
Installing the Harness 136 (2)
Ignition 138 (1)
Ignition Coils 139 (1)
Tools 139 (2)
Non-Factory Wiring 141 (1)
Relay 141 (1)
Electrical Components 141 (1)
Aftermarket Accessories 142 (1)
* Interior 143 (17)
Headliner 143 (4)
Kick Panels 147 (1)
Interior Paint 147 (1)
Door Panels 147 (2)
Door Mechanicals 149 (1)
Rebuiding a Window Mechanism 150 (1)
Water Shields 151 (1)
Water Drains 152 (1)
Carpet 153 (1)
Dash Pad 154 (1)
Console 154 (1)
Seats 155 (1)
Headrests 156 (1)
Steering Wheel 156 (1)
Seat Belts 157 (1)
Sill Plates 158 (1)
Repairing Plastic Parts 159 (1)
*Miscellaneous Mechanicals and Other Items 160 (16)
Cooling System 160 (4)
Cowl Hood 164 (1)
Fresh-Air System 164 (1)
Air Conditioning 165 (1)
Carburetor 165 (1)
Fuel Line Sizes 166 (1)
Fuel Pump Installation 166 (1)
Hood Latches and Hinges 167 (1)
Endura Bumper 168 (1)
Vinyl Top 169 (1)
Convertible Top 169 (1)
Wheels 170 (3)
Tires 173 (1)
Water Control 174 (1)
Rubber Bumpers 175 (1)
*Source Guide 176

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