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1996 Camaro Z28
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:45:58 PM »
Did it again.

i was supposed to pick up a mint 91 v6 black firebird today for $1800. I was super stoked because I miss my 91 black formula I had in 2008-2010 I had to let go due to rust /rotten shit. Was all set with a 6.0 for it and all but it got sold out from under me. I also had lined up a z06 if that didn't pan out I was going to drive to oklahoma for and that sold. So I woke up this morning and didn't know what to do with myself. I had seen this ad for this z28 the last few days in a small town about 10 minutes away. It just read though "96 z28 has some issues. runs and drives but needs tlc." which to me sounds like it needs a lot of work. + HIs pictures were terrible and the car was dirty as hell. Usually ads like that mean it might drive but has bad headgasket/trans issues/engine issues/etc. But I was bored this morning and I figured hell for a 10 minute  drive I might as well.

I get there, he's a super nice guy. Not really a car guy. I believe him on his story. He lives in the middle of farm land and the farmer down the road apparently owned it,or his son did. Son hit a deer, they replaced windshield, hood, and a fender. Then drove it for a month and it died and they couldnt get it running. Then it sat for a few years. Then they all moved and this guy bought an ATV and some other stuff from them they didnt want to take with them and not a car guy but though the camaro might be a fun project and said he got it from them for $1500. He couldn't figure out anything on it and gave it to a shop who replaced optispark and water pump. Then he started going through a divorce/custody battle and let the car sit behind his house for a couple years and just now decided to sell it now that things are settling down.

Despite his ad making it sound bad - the only issues are ABS/ASR(Traction control) lights are on, the plastic around the window/lock buttons on drivers door is busted up. Dash is cracked. Headliner is hanging. Then the car is just FILTHY from sitting and when it did rarely get driven it was a bunch of gravel road. Has 147k on it.

I expected the worst when i saw it in person. I started it after seeing the engine bay that looked like dog shit and was amazed to hear how smooth it ran. Then drove it and soon as I got off gravel onto pavement it was smoother running/driving than my 57k T/A when I bought it stock. I got on it and it felt better than my LS1 T/A did stock - probably in thanks to the factory 3.23 ratio the z28 has for gears vs the 2.73's my T/A had when stock. A/C, heat, windows, locks, cruise all worked great.

It's in perfect running and driving shape. Doesn't heat up. Then after buying it, I never looked in the trunk for some reason, and I was on my way home with it and flipped station and some rap was playing and suddenly the car started thundering with bass. Scared the crap out of me - didn't know it had subs. Stopped at a gas station and sure enough, a very nice custom fitted sub box with a couple of decent sony xplodes. Im not an audio guy so might sell this but still - nice bonus I didn't even realize it had.

All I did tonight was look all over town for some day wipers for it since it has those stupid reverse j-hook arms that you can't find wipers for anywhere and previous owner had removed them to try to match them somewhere and given up. Then I ran it through an auto car wash since I don't care much about it.

But I got it for $1600. Didn't even have to bargain him, he was asking $2100. I asked him what kind of wiggle room he had and he said "Eh well I paid $1500 for it and had about $600 in the distributor/waterpump replacement at the shop so I'd do $1600). I didn't bother trying to haggle more and brought it home.

I plan to do some deep cleaning and maybe source a stock hood ( I HATE firebird ram air hoods on camaros) - and maybe even an exhaust since this one is all bent and lop sided on one side so if I can find a cheap used catback I might throw it on to make it look less tacky. Going to remove the side molding and paint the berger panel black. Should make it look a lot better.

Then I'm going to redo the headliner myself, replace the window switch/lock & bezel on drivers door to make it look nicer. Then probably try to flip it for some extra $ towards some more go-fast parts for my T/A

Either way this thing is a pretty decent cruiser for $1600 I think.





The nasty pics pre car wash, obviously engine bay is still gross and I havent worked with the interior yet.







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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 09:52:23 AM »
That hood is awful and I hope you took a shower after driving the car but it looks like a great deal.

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 11:59:01 AM »
That hood is awful and I hope you took a shower after driving the car but it looks like a great deal.
tell me about it, im praying I can find one in a junkyard or something. Cause this car isn't worth it to me to spend more than $50 or so on a hood for it. But I might be able to get $100-200 out of the hood that's on it to someone if so.
Interior after you get past headliner and the window switch bezel is actually really nice shape, hardly any wear on seats. Today is the interior cleaning today. Engine bay will come soon as well.
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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2017, 12:14:16 AM »
big change on the engine bay for only about a half hour on it tonight with my $79 harbor freight steam cleaner and some hand wiping.
More time will make it better but now looks more like a decently cared for 148k mile LT1 car rather than looking like a neglected LT1 that had a engine fire lol.

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2017, 08:16:36 AM »
Much better. That was a ton of dust and grime.

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2017, 12:48:23 PM »
Indeed, going to do a bit more handwiping on a few of the easy things but I'm pretty happy with it as it sits.
Not like this thing needs to be mint. Just want it to not be disgusting to do basic maintenance on if I do mess with it.

Next thing will probbaly be working with the headliner.
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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2017, 01:18:18 PM »
Can't go wrong for $1600 bucks.  Honestly, before I saw the pics I was expecting worse. Actually cleaned up nice after the car wash.  I remember seeing some youtube vids about engine bay cleaning.  Maybe check that out.  Seen some pretty amazing before and after shots.   This makes me want a 4th Gen again.  I keep trying to talk the wifey into one again.  Would love to pick up an LS1 model for cheap that needed some TLC, or maybe even a partial project to do with my son. He's 8 now. 

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2017, 09:38:04 AM »
So last night decided to pull the blower motor. It worked but had a VERY loud and heavy vibration to the point I couldn't stand to use it on settings 3 & 4.
Now it works much better :)



The only other thing I did was I removed the headliner.
I might get around to recovering it myself - I might not. I almost like the bare pristine arctic white lol.
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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2017, 05:06:31 PM »








yes i need to vacuum it

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2017, 05:16:33 PM »
Looks good. Especially for the Price.  I've been searching craigslist since I saw your thread. So tempting!

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2017, 11:23:54 PM »
Ran this thing at the track for shits and giggles 8.1 in 1/8th. Equivalent of 13.9 in 1/4. Bone stock not bad for a 150k LT1 haha.

Sad news is I did sell her. $2800, $1200 of profit I'll take it for the $10 maybe in cleaning supplies I had in it!
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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2017, 02:52:57 PM »
Holy shit. Do you even register these cars?

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2017, 10:22:13 PM »
i do lol. For the $40-80 I spend registering the cars I figure it's worth not being hassled for driving them with no plates or raising red flags to buyers when a title isnt in my name. + Sometimes I like stuff enough to keep them for a bit. I really did love this z28 and thought about it but I know if I would of something like the optiplop, trans, headgasket would go out and an LT1 fbody is the last car I feel like doing any of that stuff on.

+ i have my eyes set on something this weekend and I wanted the $ to pay off the remaining balance on my TA's loan.
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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #13 on: Today at 08:48:10 AM »
You only spend $40-80 to register? No taxes? Registration is clearly dirt cheap out there.

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Re: 1996 Camaro Z28
« Reply #14 on: Today at 09:09:26 AM »
I mean, if you only pay $100-200  :angel: :angel: ;) ;)  then you only pay $7-14 in taxes  :lol:

Title/registration fees themselves are based on car year. So anything over 10 years old isn't too bad. New stuff can hurt a lot.
Car I'm looking at is a 2014, will be my newest car ever if I get it. Gonna hurt when I register it for sure!
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« Reply #15 on: Today at 09:55:02 AM »
Here in PA your purchase price has to be relatively in-line with KBB (maybe NADA too?) value or you need to submit a form identifying the reason for the low sale price which could delay the title process. Pretty dumb.

You can also gift a vehicle but they have to be a relative. I think that's shitty too because I've given my Prelude to two people now but they have to do at least $500 sale price to not need that form.

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