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Let me level with you… I’ve never been a big “Chevy Guy”.  My very first car was a Mustang, and I have owned a lot of different cars, but I’ve never actually bought a GM car… much less a Chevy. And, since I had started a “Mustang Guy”, Camaros weren’t high on my “Must Own List”… except for the (IROC) Z28 1LE.

A third-generation Camaro
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But, as I was looking for a new project after the demise of my Jeepster-Commando, for some reason, 3rd Gen Camaros and Firebirds kept creeping onto the computer screen when I wasn’t looking.  I patiently watched the market for them for a couple of months to see what was available… and finally found a car that was optioned close to the way I wanted, and priced where I could drag it home.

So, what I picked up, you can see below.  It’s pretty ugly.  However, it is also pretty solid.  Here are the basic specs:

  • LB9 305ci, 215hp Tuned Port Injection V8
  • THM 700 R4 4 speed Automatic Overdrive transmission
  • T-Tops
  • Z-28
  • Lots of options… A/C, power windows and doors and a deluxe interior.
Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
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There are a few plans for the car… largely because it has a lot of needs.

  • It needs a complete interior… seats, carpet, headliner, stereo and lots of little odds and ends.
  • The paint is pretty bad… so it needs paint.
  • Before getting paint, there are a few dings that need to be worked out, the nose needs a little work, the surface rust needs to be dealt with and a couple of dents need to be pounded out.
  • The door gaskets and window wipers on the doors need to be replaced.
  • The exhaust system leaves a lot to be desired…

There are a lot of details that haven’t been decided, but I’m pretty sure that I’m going to try to make it into a IROC Z28 1LE clone (and yes, it will be absolutely disclosed that it’s a clone… besides, the car is a 1985 model and the 1LE was not available for a couple of years after that… and ALL of the 1LE cars were regular hardtops, none were T-Top or convertible cars).  But, it will retain the A/C, and may retain the automatic transmission.

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If you are a vendor, there is a pretty good chance that the car needs something that you have…  ;^ )  We would love to review your product or service on the CCotD network.  Feelfree to email us at CoolCaroftheDay at gmail for more information.

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