1968 Chevy Camaro SS

Build Journey from Restomod to LS Swap/Pro-Touring

ABOUT

During the end of 2015, I started searching for a 67-68 Camaro, manual & semi-restored, to purchase and work on. I finally landed on a 68 Restomod that I fell in love with. Next day, I took a flight to NY, test drove it, put a deposit, and flew back to MA.

Celine had one previous owner, who restored it with original parts and some aftermarket parts. It was then sold to a dealership in Long Island, NY, which I then purchased it from in January 14, 2016.

Drawback: The dealership did not know all the details, parts, and work that was done to the car, so I had to do the research myself.

Even though Celine was a Restomod, it still wasn’t very reliable. The Carburetor would constantly choke, over-heat and stall. It needed major tuning, and suspension adjustment. That was exactly what I was looking for, an incomplete first gen camaro to work on.

In November 2018, I decided to start my “Project LS2 Swap”. The build took longer than expected due to usual surprises in a build that needed many new parts, such as new mounts, bearings, etc..

After the LS swap, it was day & night. More power, and reliability. The only thing left was to improve handling and comfort. A year later, November 2019, I decided to start on “Project Pro-Touring”. It was time to turn this ’68 into a daily driven machine.

Restomod Build

ENGINE
Fully-restored 350ci 5.7L engine (2,500 miles)
Holley Carburetor
No A/C
Pypes X-pipes (unkwn if 2″ or 3″)
Pypes Street Pro Mufflers (unkwn, 2″ or 3″)
Detroit Speed Closeout Panel

TRANSMISSION
4-speed Muncie Transmission
Hurst Shift Knob
Hurst Shift Lever

SUSPENSION
KYB Gas-a-Just Shocks
Stock Coil Springs
Multi-Leaf Springs (unkwn)
McGaughys 2″drop Spindles

WHEELS & TIRES
American Racing AR105 Torq Thrust
-17×8, 4.5 backspace, 0mm offset
Upgraded Brakes 10.5″ (unkwn)
Calipers C10
Sumitomo HTRZII 235/45/17 & 270/40/17

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
Classic Instrument G/stock Gauges
Classic 15″ 3 spoke Steering Wheel
Custom 2-tone Paint-job
Cowl Induction 2″ Hood
OER Injection Front Spoiler
Classic Instrument G/stock Gauges


LS2 swap, and Project Pro-Touring.

ENGINE
LS2 6.0L Engine
Engine Mounts
Power Steering
Spark plugs
Fuel injectors
fuel pump (Bosch)
New Alternator
Air Filter (K&N)
Aluminum Large Intercooler – Custom
Vintage A/C compressor
Rear extended Exhaust Pipes – Custom
Painted LS2 Engine Cover (Holden SS)

TRANSMISSION
T-56 6-speed (Tremec)
Hurst Shift Knob (9/16-18″)
Driveshaft
Full clutch set (Corvette C6)

SUSPENSION
Ridetech StreetGrip Kit including:
Shocks HQ Series Adjustable Mono (Fox)
Coil springs 2” drop
Muscle Bar 1 1/8 (Front) w/billet ends
Delrin Control Arm Bushings
Composite Leaf Springs with Billet ends
Leaf Spring Bushings & Shakles
Tall Ball Joints
Lower Ball Joints
Additional parts (not inc. in the StreetGrip kit):
1″ Lowering Block (Ridetech)
3/8″ Coil Spacers (Global West)
Steering Kit (Ridetech/Proforged)
Steering Arms (The Right Stuff)

Checkout my suspension problems
here –> Tech Guides: Handling

DISC BRAKES
11″ Slotted Rotors (The Right Stuff)
Dual Piston Calipers (Wilwood)
Stock Spindles (The Right Stuff)

INTERIOR
Gauge dash panel (AutoMeter)
UltraLite gauges (AutoMeter)
LS gauge install kit (AutoMeter)
GT9 retro Steering (GT Performance)
GT9 horn button (GT Performance)
Steering wheel adapter plate (Summit)
*Pending install ( parts below):
Rally Console with Dash (Classic Truck Console)
Sport R Upholstery, Black Suede/Red stitch (TMI)
3 point seat belts, GM push, Red #2007 (Morris Classics)
10″ Shift Lever, Grid style (Billet Specialities)
Classic shift knob 3/8-16″ (Hurst)
Billet window cranks (Lokar)
Midnight series lock knobs (Eddie Motorsports)

EXTERIOR
7″ Halo Headlights (Oracle)
Vengeance LED Tail lights (Black Cloud Battalion)
2″ Cowl induction hood
Front spoiler (OER)
AR105 wheels painted full gloss black (American Racing)
NT555 G2 235/45/17 & 245/45/17 (Nitto)

My LS2 Swap/Pro-Touring BUILD (Summary)


Follow me on Social Media

My Camaro page on Instagram: @Celineblackpearl

My Blog page on Instagram: @MajjBuilds

My YouTube Channel: MajjBuilds

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