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1969 Camaro - A Bare Steel Canvas

For many classic car enthusiasts, vehicles are more than mere objects. They serve as shared projects that strengthen bonds between family members, introduce owners to new friends, and sometimes even lead to life-changing business opportunities. Frank Villareal, of Anaheim, California, has experienced each of these effects through his 1969 Camaro project. He explains, "I started building my own car, and next thing I know I'm building parts for people who like what they see. This car is what put me there, it's my canvas."

Classic Camaro Headlight Upgrade Guide

Automotive technology has changed a lot since the release of the Camaro, and headlights (a.k.a. headlamps) are a prime example. Through most of the '70s, American cars still featured incandescent sealed-beam lights. When these lights burned out, the entire unit had to be replaced, rather than simply inserting a new bulb into a reusable housing. Thankfully, several newer types of headlight were developed in the following decades, including halogen, HID, and LED. Today, we'll briefly go over each type and its advantages in this Camaro headlight upgrade guide.

DIY Camaro Front End Swap: How to Convert a 1981 Camaro to a 1970-73 RS Split Bumper

The second-gen 1970-1981 Camaro has become an extremely popular car among enthusiasts and restorers, and it's not hard to see why. It offers timeless styling, good value, and excellent performance potential thanks to a huge selection of aftermarket go-fast parts. Later "big bumper" models tend to be more affordable, but many potential buyers prefer the styling of the early "split bumper" Camaro RS. Thankfully, it's possible to convert a 1981 Camaro to the classic 1970-73 front end. In this article, we'll show you how to perform a DIY Camaro front end swap.

DIY: 1967-1969 Camaro Rear Spoiler Installation

Last week on our blog, we created a DIY guide showing how to remove and replace the trunk lid on a first-gen 1967-1969 Camaro. Although it may seem like an easy job on the surface, getting it just right takes some finesse. Today, we'll take a look at a similar project that's usually performed along with trunk lid replacement or repair: installation of a rear spoiler. If you want it to fit and line up just right on your Camaro, there are some tricks to keep in mind.

DIY: First-Gen 1967-1969 Camaro Trunk Lid Replacement

Restoring a classic Camaro is a big job, but the results are well worth all the effort. As far as individual restoration projects go, replacing the trunk lid might seem easy, since it's only held in place with four bolts. However, there are many tips and tricks to keep in mind if you want it to fit perfectly and function properly. Follow along with our step-by-step DIY guide to learn from a pro how to replace a 1967-1969 Camaro trunk lid.

1969 Camaro Z/28 Restoration - Turning Back Time

As the saying goes, "time waits for no one." Although this statement is accurate in many respects, we'd argue that time can be stopped dead in its tracks as it relates to classic cars. Better yet, we're able to reverse the aging process, restoring our favorite vehicles to their original glory. It's a unique experience, and one we never get tired of witnessing. This 1969 Camaro Z/28 is a perfect example of how restorers can turn back the clock.

DIY: How to Replace Camaro/Firebird Window Felts

Every classic car has parts that wear out over time, but some tend to need replacement sooner than others. Soft items like bushings, hoses, and weatherstrip are often the first to go, especially when they're exposed to heat, moisture, and harsh sunlight for decades. Window felts are another such item. When they deteriorate, moisture and dirt can enter the door, and the glass may rattle loudly. Thankfully, it's possible to replace your car's old window felts in your own garage. Today, we'll take a look at how to replace window felts on the second-generation 1970-81 Camaro and Firebird/Trans Am.

The 1981 Camaro Z28 photo above is courtesy of Mecum Auctions.

1969 Camaro - Glacier Blue Restoration

Restoring a classic car can be a great family bonding experience. Over the years, we've met many customers who told us how revitalizing a car helped them grow closer to a spouse, sibling, or child who helped with the project. Countless memories are made turning wrenches in the garage, choosing upgrades, and cruising to car shows in the completed vehicle. For John DiIorio, of San Pedro, California, this Glacier Blue 1969 Camaro was a fantastic father-son build.

Built by Students: The SMHS Race Team's 1968 Camaro Drag Car

Classic car enthusiasts are definitely not a dying breed. For evidence of this fact, look no further than the Santa Maria High School Race Team and the passionate students who built this 1968 Camaro drag car. The SMHS Race Team is an after-school program in Santa Maria, California, where high-schoolers have a unique opportunity to learn how to build and maintain race cars. The program is funded entirely by students, with the exception of donations from sponsors. Classic Industries is proud to have provided restoration parts for this build. Read on as we delve into the details of this '68 Camaro, and how it has evolved into a 565ci big-block-powered, 9-second speed machine.

1967, 1968, & 1969 Camaro Trim Tag Decoder

Given the massive popularity of the first-generation Camaro, it's no surprise that owners of these classic cars are interested in learning more about their vehicles' origins. Some of them have been restored, some have been resto-modded, and a few have been turned into hot rods that greatly diverge from their original specs. Thankfully, it's still possible to check how each of these cars left the General Motors production line, as long as you know where to look. Our 1967-1969 Camaro trim tag decoder can help you learn important details about your Camaro's assembly plant, interior trim, exterior paint color, and more.