1976 Chevrolet Camaro LT-350

     1976 was kind of a bad time for the Camaro. All the sales of the F-body were being consumed by the TransAm because of Smokey & The Bandit. Chevrolet hoped they could boost sales by selling their Camaro as a more refined, understated vehicle. The "SS" and "Z-28" packages were gone. The highest end Camaro they sold was the LT-350. That's what THIS car is, (or so I was told). This particular car I purchased while I was still living in an apartment around early 2001. I purchased this car from a friend of a friend. As it turns out this Camaro wasn't even a Rally Sport. It was a base, 250ci, L6 vehicle with an automatic.

- The car is home...

The Camaro was located in Tampa, and I am located in Fort Lauderdale. However, the price of this car was just right (free)... but, sometimes things aren't always free. I had to tow it back from Tampa. After getting the run around from another towing company, I called Sal's Towing and they really stepped up to the plate. They had a tow truck ready for me the VERY next morning, willing to drive the 300 mile distance to pick the car up with me. I was elated. If you ever need towing in South Florida, use Sal's towing. The owner is a nice guy, and insists that his company operates in the same manner. I call them exclusively for any towing that I need (they towed my 73 VW Bus, my 87 Fiero numerous times, my 84 Fiero, and my 81 TransAm). The pictures below show the car shortly after getting it home.

- Free parts!!!

One of the great things about this car is that it also came with plenty of spare parts. As you can see, everything was crammed into the back seat and trunk of the Camaro. There is a new radiator, some new seat covers, brand new floor pans, a new Holley intake manifold, an adaptor kit, a BRAND NEW unopened Edelbrock carburetor, a new fuel tank, and several other awesome pieces.

- It's a RUST BUCKET!!!

With the help of my uncle, I've managed to get the car started, and tuned. This is my first carbureted car, so it was very odd to me to see a car run, with nothing more than maybe 1 or 2 wires from the cowl leading to it. It had a mechanical advance distributor, a standard ballast controlled ignition coil, a mechanical fuel pump, a mechanical water pump, and a carburetor. It actually ran REALLY well. So well in fact that I did a huge burn-out later that day, and completely tweaked the body of the car. Surprised, I ran the numbers on the block and heads. It's a 350 4-bolt CMJ block from a 1974 Chevrolet Impala Police Cruiser. The heads are from a 327ci 1971 Corvette, and no idea what kind of cam it has. Although... it has a crazy lope in the idle. Unfortunately for the car, there is just too much rust on the body (as seen in the pictures). I'm going to have to let this one go. In the last two pictures, you can see the condition of the motor when I first got it, VS the condition just prior to me installing the new carburetor. I'll be keeping this motor, but junking / selling the car.

- It's parted out...

I just received pictures from the person who I sold the vehicle to. It's a bitter sweet ending (or new life) for this vehicle. The car will be completely parted out, with nothing left but the unibody shell. The good news is however, that because it had a 100% clear title, he will be using it to build a track car. The entire shell will be gutted, with tube framing welded in, and a complete roll-cage. If you really think about it, this is really the best possible future this car could have. In the two pictures below, the current owner has stripped the body and will be selling the entire front clip. He will be replacing it with fiberglass panels to reduce weight.