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Username Post: 1978 Camaro LT        (Topic#244743)
Aaron70Monte 
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Aaron70Monte
Age: 42
Loc: Summerland, BC, Canada
Reg: 01-12-03
06-30-10 11:34 PM - Post#1938772    

I may be going to look at a 78 Camaro LT. It's an all original 350 4-barrell car with 70,000 miles. From what I can tell so far, there is no rust. No bubbles around the quarters at all and the fenders look really good. What should I be expecting to have issues with on this car (common water leaks, common rust areas, etc)?

Aaron
1970 Misty Turquoise Monte Carlo - 113,000 miles
1971 Classic Copper Monte Carlo SS454 - 74,000 miles



 




Randy_W 
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07-01-10 03:56 AM - Post#1938798    
    In response to Aaron70Monte

Make sure you can see the rear frame rail area(unibody structure)they hold water and can rust on an otherwise nice, clean car. also check under the back seat bottoms and front foot wells as well as around the windshield on the dash side. One more area is where the front sub frame bolts to the body. Other than that just typical wind noise and water leaks, etc... Sounds like a cool car!

Randy

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Aaron70Monte 
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Aaron70Monte
Age: 42
Loc: Summerland, BC, Canada
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07-01-10 08:24 AM - Post#1938883    
    In response to Randy_W

Thanks Randy. I'll take a look at those areas.

The car has always been in a garage the only time it's seen rain is when she was caught out in it. Chances are, if there are any water leaks, she doesn't even know they exist since it never sees rain.

The car still has the original AM FM 8 track in it too.



Aaron
1970 Misty Turquoise Monte Carlo - 113,000 miles
1971 Classic Copper Monte Carlo SS454 - 74,000 miles



 
1971BB427 
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Loc: Portland,Or
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07-03-10 10:41 AM - Post#1939898    
    In response to Aaron70Monte

Even if it never sees rain, it still gets washed, and there's places that will rust. My '71 has always been garaged, and we don't salt the roads in Oregon. It was virtually rust free, but when I pulled the winshield to prep for new paint I found a tiny little rust pocket in the right lower corner of the dash. Easy fix since it was only about 1/4" diameter.


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Aaron70Monte 
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Aaron70Monte
Age: 42
Loc: Summerland, BC, Canada
Reg: 01-12-03
07-05-10 11:50 PM - Post#1941018    
    In response to 1971BB427

Thanks guys. I appreciate the advice.

As for the engine, it is a stock 350 4-barrell. I suppose it is just a 2 bolt main block with some basic heads? I assume it also has the rats nest of vacuum lines as most cars of the late 70s? If so, I'd like to tidy up the engine a little. Can some of this pollution control stuff be easily eliminated on these cars (air pump, etc)?

If I get the Camaro, it may actually replace my 72 Monte as a daily driver (summer only). It will be hard to part with the 72 but the Camaro would look pretty cool next to my 70 Monte Carlo.

Aaron
1970 Misty Turquoise Monte Carlo - 113,000 miles
1971 Classic Copper Monte Carlo SS454 - 74,000 miles



 




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