Always loved camaros (all generations) but my heart always went out to the 1st generation. I bought the 68 coupe in April of 1991 . Friends and family jumped in and said "this baby needs work!" My brother who has surpassed me in his motorhead skills worked with me to rebuild the ever reliable 327 cu. in. engine. The engine was bored .030 over, equipped with 10:1 aluminum flat top pistons, Fireball 2 Crane cam, Weiand team G intake, 650 CFM dual feed - dual pump Holley and lastly topped with a set of 2.02 heads. A 350 Hydro truck transmission with a 2400 stall converter, shift kit and a heavy duty sprague gear handles the 10 Bolt posi 3.73 rear without any problem.
After all this work, I have enjoyed bringing my little "327 snorter" to multiple car shows all over New England. Everyone loves the color (stock 2003 ford Explorer Redfire paint with clear coat). The coupe is garage stored during the winter and doesn't see the road until a good driving rain has washed all the salt from the road ways. The friendships made over the years during car show events has been the big plus in owning this car. Yes, most people manage new friendships by having a dog and taking that Sunday stroll in the park. Going to shows and cruises has managed to do that for me. I have my close friends, friendships developed at work and my motorhead friends.
Thanks for the opportunity to write this brief article. Hats off to Hagerty for keeping vintage car restoration alive and bringing this very skilled hobby to the attention of the younger generation. Lets hope they will continue this effort once us baby boomers fade away like a bad paint job!