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Old 12-12-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Some advice please

Hey guys,

I'm thinking of restoring a third gen IROC as a father son project. It was my dream car as teen and although I have a 2014 Z/28, I still think the Gen 3 is one cool Camaro. Plus, I have nostalgic feelings for this car.

I'm shopping around for the project car and was hoping for some advice as to what to look for in potential candidates. I can do anything mechanical and interior, but have zero fabrication skills.

TIA,

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Old 12-14-2016, 11:11 AM   #2
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Old 12-14-2016, 04:38 PM   #3
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I have a 1991 Z28. I'm looking for a 5th gen now. I think the 5th gen is a better car, but it could never replace my third gen. The 5th gen does everything so well it can almost get a bit boring. The third gen is rough enough around the edges that is still kinda has that old muscle car feel.
I think third gens might have already hit their lowest point and prices are starting to climb some.
They are a good platform for drag racing, road racing, autocross, and make a good Friday night cruiser too; so....it's hard to tell you what to look for without knowing what you plan to do with the car.
They can be bought relatively cheap if you don't mid doing some work. It doesn't take much to make them a lot of fun.
What do you think you will use the car for mostly?
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Old 12-15-2016, 09:56 AM   #4
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You can buy a 2010 fifth gen cheap as hell now. I would buy one and murder it! I happen to be a fan of the LS3, so any car I tell you to play with 1st gen, 2nd gen yadda yadda yadda, will be followed by me saying to you, plant an LS3 in it! lol

So With the amount of parts available and the introduction of the 6th gen. Timing is perfect IMO.
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:35 AM   #5
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People dont seem to know why people do these things.....a fav car from your youth and an Iroc at that makes these project alot of fun.
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:43 AM   #6
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People dont seem to know why people do these things.....a fav car from your youth and an Iroc at that makes these project alot of fun.
Couldn't agree more, my recommendation was based on my own selfish desires. I miss my 69 convertible to this day. But the 5th gen happens to be my favorite based on the tech involved in the car. So, if I was to go throwback, to an older gen Camaro, I would still use 5th gen tech. It is readily available, easy to get parts for, and there is a wealth of knowledge on it.

My first car was an 85, T-tops, man I loved that car. Then I got the 69 vert. Up until July 3 2012, It was my favorite! I am in love with the 5th gen, so also wanted to point out to the OP that they are dirt cheap, and parts are available all over for them! its not going to get any easier than that!
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Old 12-15-2016, 08:02 PM   #7
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Couldn't agree more, my recommendation was based on my own selfish desires. I miss my 69 convertible to this day. But the 5th gen happens to be my favorite based on the tech involved in the car. So, if I was to go throwback, to an older gen Camaro, I would still use 5th gen tech. It is readily available, easy to get parts for, and there is a wealth of knowledge on it.

My first car was an 85, T-tops, man I loved that car. Then I got the 69 vert. Up until July 3 2012, It was my favorite! I am in love with the 5th gen, so also wanted to point out to the OP that they are dirt cheap, and parts are available all over for them! its not going to get any easier than that!
I get ya for sure....like you I love the 5th gen body style and wouldn't change it for the world. If I was to do a retro build I have one choice. ...69 Dodge Charger. I couldn't car less about a Challenger.....Cuda or anything else......once people have a soft spot for certain cars....nothing changes their mind. Of course I would build the Charger "after" my 5th gen lol.
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Old 01-13-2017, 04:25 PM   #8
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Naturally if you don't want to fab anything no rust is critical. I'm not sure how the crop of cars is up in the great white north. Seeing if you can get something out of the southern US might be a better platform to start on provided transport fees are reasonable. When I went looking for mine (was in New England at the time), I wanted a car that hadn't been bastardized and had harnesses cut all willy-nilly for carb swaps and the like. So long as it was mechanically sound and the electronics were good, the rest was doable.

They're usually broken down into these groups:

82-84, 85-87, 88-90, 90-92. '85 debuted the IROC and the first year for Tuned Port Injection. 85 was also the first year a Camaro saw 200+ hp off the floor since '75. The 350 didn't debut until 87 and was only available with an automatic throughout production to 92.

They're a weak chassis (if I jack up my IROC near the front wheel, the rear doesn't go with it, vs my 5th gen the whole side comes off the ground) so look for cracking in the rear upper corners of the window, cracks in the front subframe rails where the steering box mounts. If you're going to put any power in it, plan on weld-in subframe connectors at a minimum, wonderbar, strut tower brace, etc. The GM 10-bolt will grenade at modest torque levels and the Ausi 9-Bolt is only marginally better. the 700R4 or 200C (depending on year) or T5 will also need an upgrade. The upside; there's a ton of parts for them. Being classics they may not need to comply with emissions testing depending on where you are. You can go with almost any power plant you'd like (Buick T6, SBC, LTx, LSx, BBC, etc etc). There's a lot of aftermarket support and it's really as wide open as your checkbook.

Fun cars. Drives like a truck, handles well though. Quick turn-in if using the steering box out of the IROC. Have the Hotchkis TVS set on mine and it's not too shabby at all.

Thirdgen.org has a lot of useful info, though asking questions tends to be hit or miss.

There's really tons and tons and tons more info that I can't list or flat out don't know

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Naturally if you don't want to fab anything no rust is critical. I'm not sure how the crop of cars is up in the great white north. Seeing if you can get something out of the southern US might be a better platform to start on provided transport fees are reasonable. When I went looking for mine (was in New England at the time), I wanted a car that hadn't been bastardized and had harnesses cut all willy-nilly for carb swaps and the like. So long as it was mechanically sound and the electronics were good, the rest was doable.

They're usually broken down into these groups:

82-84, 85-87, 88-90, 90-92. '85 debuted the IROC and the first year for Tuned Port Injection. 85 was also the first year a Camaro saw 200+ hp off the floor since '75. The 350 didn't debut until 87 and was only available with an automatic throughout production to 92.

They're a weak chassis (if I jack up my IROC near the front wheel, the rear doesn't go with it, vs my 5th gen the whole side comes off the ground) so look for cracking in the rear upper corners of the window, cracks in the front subframe rails where the steering box mounts. If you're going to put any power in it, plan on weld-in subframe connectors at a minimum, wonderbar, strut tower brace, etc. The GM 10-bolt will grenade at modest torque levels and the Ausi 9-Bolt is only marginally better. the 700R4 or 200C (depending on year) or T5 will also need an upgrade. The upside; there's a ton of parts for them. Being classics they may not need to comply with emissions testing depending on where you are. You can go with almost any power plant you'd like (Buick T6, SBC, LTx, LSx, BBC, etc etc). There's a lot of aftermarket support and it's really as wide open as your checkbook.

Fun cars. Drives like a truck, handles well though. Quick turn-in if using the steering box out of the IROC. Have the Hotchkis TVS set on mine and it's not too shabby at all.

Thirdgen.org has a lot of useful info, though asking questions tends to be hit or miss.

There's really tons and tons and tons more info that I can't list or flat out don't know

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Great information, and sweet looking ride! My first was an 85 multiport v6....I loved it though.
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1991 z28 with the basket spoiler imo are real good looking, but i also like 1killerss idea, buy a cheaper car even v6/iron duke version, swap out the motor for a ls3, upgrade suspension/chassis/rear end and you will have a killer looking and performing car.
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Hey guys,

I'm thinking of restoring a third gen IROC as a father son project. It was my dream car as teen and although I have a 2014 Z/28, I still think the Gen 3 is one cool Camaro. Plus, I have nostalgic feelings for this car.

I'm shopping around for the project car and was hoping for some advice as to what to look for in potential candidates. I can do anything mechanical and interior, but have zero fabrication skills.

TIA,

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All about what you are looking for. Have any specific goals or requirements in mind. I would say in general you should buy the most complete/running car that you can and check for rust. Certain parts are getting hard to find for these cars. If you are not a stickler for originality most items aren't a big deal.
Any specific goals or requirements on your end?
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Old 01-19-2017, 04:53 PM   #12
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Hey guys,

I'm thinking of restoring a third gen IROC as a father son project. It was my dream car as teen and although I have a 2014 Z/28, I still think the Gen 3 is one cool Camaro. Plus, I have nostalgic feelings for this car.

I'm shopping around for the project car and was hoping for some advice as to what to look for in potential candidates. I can do anything mechanical and interior, but have zero fabrication skills.

TIA,

Andrew
This would make a great father & son project that's not too complicated...

http://www.dustyoldcars.com/1989-Che...hua-NH/5715923

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This would make a great father & son project that's not too complicated...

http://www.dustyoldcars.com/1989-Che...hua-NH/5715923

Looking a bit crispy underneath, and that wiring looks... questionable.
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Mid-late 80's, stay away from anything with T-tops imo.
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