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Check out the June, 2013, issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine for a 6-page feature on our 1968 Camaro "RELOADED!" The Muscle Machines crew did an excellent job of telling the car's story, and you can find the issue on newsstands now.

 

Replacing quarter panels on an American muscle car is major surgery, but it is not impossible. In this video, we take you through the steps we took to replace a rusty quarter panel on our 1968 Camaro with a new full quarter panel from Classic Industries. Covers removal, fitment, welding, and finishing with Eastwood Body Solder "lead" kit.

 

In this 4 part series, we'll show you the engine build for our 1968 Camaro, "Reloaded". In this first part, we start with a 490 CI short block from Fast Times Motor Works. Trevor takes you through all the steps in assembling this motor on the stand including degereeing the Comp Thumpr Cam and valvetrain. Also covered are the install of the Holley cylinder heads, Weiand Stealth intake, and ARP hardware using ARP Ultra Torque and Royal Purple Max Tuff assembly lube. Next time, we'll assemble the Vintage Air Front Runner Serpentine system.

 

The cowl boxes on our 68 Camaro were very rusty, so we decided to replace both using OER cowl box panels from Classic Industries. In this video, we show you the steps to removing the old boxes, sealing the new pieces with 3M Seam Sealer, and welding in the new ones using an HTP Hole Punch tool and MIG 200 welder.

 

We're starting a new Camaro project on V8TV, and here's how the project starts!

 

We wanted our 1968 Camaro to retain its classic appearance, but handle and drive like today's best sports cars. To accomplish this, we relied on a Speed 3 front suspension kit from Detroit Speed and Engineering that we obtained through Classic Industries. This kit consists of tubular upper and lower control arms, a coil over spring and shock kit, new quick ratio steering components, and is installed into the stock Camaro subframe. Next time, we will be installing a DSE Quadra Link rear suspension to complete the handling upgrades on this 1968 Camaro.

 

Our 1968 Camaro had some bad rust around the windows thanks to the original vinyl top holding moisture and corroding the steel below. In this video, we repair all that with a some new panels from Classic Industries, some 3M cutting and grinding tools, our HTP MIG 200 welder, and a Body Solder kit from Eastwood. As always, we strive for an undetectable repair.

 

In this installment, we tackle the common problem of rusty muscle car fenders. Using a repair panel form Classic Industries, some 3M grinding wheels, and an HTP MIG 200 and Quickspot II spot welder, we cut out the crust and weld in new steel for an undetectable repair.

 

The original trunk floor was not terrible in our '68 Camaro "Reloaded" project, but it had some surface pitting and rust that we didn't like. The cure was a new OER trunk floor panel from Classic Industries. In this video, we show you the steps to removing the old panel and welding in the new one using an HTP MIG 200 welder.

 

This 1968 Camaro is being built to drive, both on city streets and the in occasional track-day event. To accomplish this, we decided to install a Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension system on the Currie 9+ rear axle assembly. The QUADRALink is a highly adjustable 4-link system utilizing a panhard bar and adjustable coil-over shocks. This design eliminates the stock suspension's leaf spring wrap-up issues, and allows for more precise ride height adjustment and the quick spring rate changes coil-overs offer. The Currie 9+ axle assembly features a new fabricated housing, 3.50:1 gears, a Detroit Truetrac differential, 31 spline axles, and all new bearings and seals for a rock-solid foundation. All these parts will add up to a comfortable street machine that won't be unstable on the track. Part 1 of 2.

 

This 1968 Camaro is being built to drive, both on city streets and the in occasional track-day event. To accomplish this, we decided to install a Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension system on the Currie 9+ rear axle assembly. The QUADRALink is a highly adjustable 4-link system utilizing a panhard bar and adjustable coil-over shocks. This design eliminates the stock suspension's leaf spring wrap-up issues, and allows for more precise ride height adjustment and the quick spring rate changes coil-overs offer. The Currie 9+ axle assembly features a new fabricated housing, 3.50:1 gears, a Detroit Truetrac differential, 31 spline axles, and all new bearings and seals for a rock-solid foundation. All these parts will add up to a comfortable street machine that won't be unstable on the track. Part 2 of 2.

 

The driver side frame rail on our '68 Camaro had a big crack in the arch of the rail. Instead of trying to repair the rail in the car, we removed the old one and replaced with it an OER frame rail from Classic Industries. In this video, we show you the removal process, fitting the new piece, protecting the mating surfaces, and welding it in with our HTP MIG 200 welder.

 

One of the doors on our 1968 Chevrolet Camaro "Reloaded" pro-touring car build had a dented and rusty door skin, but the original inner structure was in good shape. We decided to re-skin the door with a new OER panel from Classic Industries using a slick door skin tool from Dent Fix and some 3M Door Panel Adhesive.

 

Building a well handling car is all about the chassis. We've already put a Detroit Speed Coil Over conversion on our Camaro's front subframe and installed one of their Quadralink systems on the rear end. Now its time to connect the subframe and rear frame rails with a set of Detroit Speed Subframe Connectors that fit tightly to the Camaros underside.