Jason Kern has an interesting story about the life of his ’69 Camaro, and that story begins with his father. “Dad ordered the car while he was finishing up his tour in Vietnam. It was waiting for him when he got home,” Says Jason. Jason’s dad and mom dated in the Camaro, and it was their only car when they got married. “I came home from the hospital in it when I was born in 1974, Jason quipped. Unfortunately, the couple sold it in 1976 because gas was too expensive.
Many times, that would be where the story would end, and that would be left were the memories. But not this time. “I tracked it down in 2013,” Jason stated. He bought it back, and with some professional help, he and his Dad restored it. The second owner kept the paperwork and gave it to me. Once I had the VIN, I used Carfax to track it down. Once I found where it was, I called the DMV in the town it was registered and they contacted the owner and gave him my information. He called me and we struck a deal.”
Rust was part of the acquisition, and the rockers, trunk floor, upper dash, filler panel, trunk lid, tail panel, and one front fender had to be replaced. “Dad and I spent many weekends welding, wire brushing, and painting the underside, running new brake lines, fuel lines,” According to James, a previous owner did add a deck lid spoiler, but since the Camaro originally came from the factory without a spoiler and it was removed.
Under the hood, it still has the original 300hp 350 small-block. Behind that is the original Muncie four speed, and 12-bolt rear with 3.55 gears. The engine is mostly stock with the exception of a roller cam and Summit Racing ceramic-coated headers feeding 2 1/2-inch pipes with Cherry Bomb glass packs. “It’s a true RS/SS with Endura bumper. The Camaro looks and drives just like when my Dad picked it up at the dealership.”
Inside, the carpet, headliner, and dash pad are new, but the door panels, gauges, and console are all original. It has the deluxe interior with console gauge package. Suspension is stock with polyurethane bushings. Headlight doors are still vacuum operated as stock.
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