Camaro – Restoration

The Restoration Process…

I wanted a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro because I like the body style…

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My hunt began with a friend who happens to be a car builder – VIP Customs in Missouri

Criteria… Big block 396 Cubic Inch….built in a particular way – what you see in the pictures is what I wanted but it cost a lot more than I originally had budgeted!
Body Located
  • In 2010 we found a solid (rust free) roller which had been stripped and in a garage since 1984
  • Originally it had a 327 small block
  • RS Optioned
  • Built in the Norwalk, California Chevrolet Plant
  • Sourced a period correct 396 big block and bored it twice over
  • KB pistons
  • Comp Cam
  • Edlebrock Performer aluminium heads and intake
  • Holly 850 Double Pumper carburetor
  • MSD Distributor
  • Tremec 5 Speed Transmission
  • Be Cool Radiator
  • Magna Flow Exhaust
  • Moser Rear end (3.73)
  • Wilwood Disc brakes (all around)
  • My color choice was Daytona Blue, a ’63 vette color.
  • Painted the bumble bee stripe (rather than a decal ) in black, which with a black chin spoiler and the RS grill option makes the front end mostly black
Wheels & Tires
  • American Racing Torq Thrust
  • Tires: BF Goodrich
    • Front  205/55 ZE16
    • Rear 225/55 ZR16
  • Stock (color is black) with the exception of
    • IDIDIT Steering Column
  • New stereo
The build process was great, the guys at the shop understood that I would “help” with the build but and they would be doing the restoration. Their knowledge was extensive due to the many cars they had built over the years.
My roles included
  • Researching and ordering parts
  • Paying Invoices
  • Cleaning parts
  • Paying Invoices
  • Building the engine (supervised!!)
  • Sound proofing the interior
  • Did I mention paying invoices??


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  • The body work and paint is excellent
  • The power of the engine is awesome


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  • Seeing it all come together is the best part
  • The interior and engine look beautful
  • The power of the engine is awesome