Trust me, when you purchase a restoration guide do not sit down in front of fire in the fireplace on a cold winter evening. It works faster than a speeding sleeping pill.
This guide is one of the better ones I have read. It still isn’t something you pick up to escape from reality but when you are in the car mood but don’t want to work in the garage this is a good substitute. It is the Camaro Restoration Guide 1967-1969 by Motorbooks and written by Jason Scott. He claims to be little more than “an avid Camaro enthusiast.” Based on this book that is like calling an Olympic Gold Medalist a couch potato.
The contents of this book include:
Chapter 1: Planning Your Restoration
Chapter 2: Identification Plates & Documentation
Chapter 3: Exteriors
Chapter 4: Rolling Chassis
Chapter 5: Engines
Chapter 6: Transmissions, Shifters, & Rear Axel Assemblies
Chapter 7: Electrical Systems & Wiring
Chapter 8: Interiors & Trunks
Plus some great Appendices like: 1967-1969 Camaro RPO/COPO Pricing & Production
If you have not yet purchased your Camaro, Chapter 2 is worth the $29.95 list price of the book. It is chuck full of codes, data and info on how to read all the various identification plates on the cars. If you have ever looked at a car you were interested in purchasing and weren’t sure if it was a clone or real you know what I mean. Best advice, do your homework before you start to look. This book will even tell suggest trouble areas for you to look for on the Camaro.
This restoration guide is much better produced that a lot of them I have read. There are amble photos and diagrams but best of all they are clear and legible. Much better quality although they are still in black and white. I much prefer color photos which are much easier to identify and color is important when restoring under the hood.
The image above is an example of one of the pages in the book. The photos and captions explain why on Z/28s and 1969 Indy Pace Car Replicas there should be overspray in the plenum area under the vent grills. The stripes were painted after the grills were installed.
Think you know how the front end sheet metal should go on? Do you know the order in which the parts were assembled? This page and graphic and the adjacent page spells it all out for you.
If you have a 1967-1969 Camaro, buy this book. I just wish they had something this good for our odd ball Fords! If you don’t own a Camaro but want one, buy this book. If you don’t own a Camaro, don’t want one, why are you reading this?