Michael S’s 1969 Camaro SS

Built From The Ground Up

Michael S’s 1969 Camaro SS

The 1969 Camaro That Got Away

Michael, like many classic muscle enthusiasts, has a soft spot for the 1969 Camaro. In his case, it isn’t just because of the iconic Coke bottle styling cues and other hallmarks, but also because of nostalgia.

Michael not only graduated high school and married his wife in 1969, but he also owned a 1969 Camaro previously for 25 years before making a decision he would instantly regret. In Michael’s words,

“Like a dummy, I traded it for something I hated when I got it.”

Fast forward a few years, and the pair attended the Canfield, Ohio swap meet on Friday, July 22nd, 2016. It was at this swap meet that they would stumble upon a rough ’69 Camaro for sale in the car corral. She knew he missed that old ’69 Camaro and insisted that they buy it and fix it up.

To say the Camaro was rough would be an understatement. Cosmetically, it was missing the headliner and dash, the carpet stank, and it had a single Datsun seat. Michael claims that

“The paint on a scale of 1 to 10 was a minus 1 it was so rough.”

The silver lining that made this Camaro worth the purchase was that the body, frame, and floors were all in great shape. The more original sheet metal, the better!

Michael currently has a 1969 427 big block, bored .30 over, along with a steel crank, cam, and roller rockers, all mated to a Tremec 5 speed. He plans to eventually integrate a FiTech EFI system and upgrade his exhaust with a set of Borla mufflers. Aside from that, the car still needs little odds and ends such as rollers and guides for the windows, but overall this 1969 Camaro has had a huge transformation.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1967-1969 Camaro Rear Shock GM Multi Leaf

Part #: NR-1010

$29.95

Best Price Available

1967-1981 Camaro Front Shock GM

Part #: NT-2005
front shock

$29.99

Best Price Available

1967-1969 Camaro Shock Kit GM

Part #: DPX-310
shock kit

$128.96

You Save: 15%

1969 Camaro Quarter Panel Louvers, High Quality USA Tooling

Part #: KQL-6776
1969 Camaro Quarter Panel Louvers

$72.95

Best Price Available

Shop our huge selection of Camaro Parts!

1967-2016 Camaro Parts

We want to see your Built From The Ground Up Ride!

Submit your car to be featured here!

Share this car with your friends!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

More Articles From Ground Up SS396.com

Camaro

Camaro Generations

The Chevrolet Camaro has a long and storied history that spans the past 50 years and across several generations. The model continues to push the boundaries of Chevrolet’s performance abilities even today.

Read More »

COVID-19 Shipping Delays

See what brands are experiencing delays

COVID-19

See what we're doing at Ground Up SS396.com

Parts Catalog

Chevelle & El Camino, Camaro, & Nova
Free

We Want To See Your Car!

Submit your car to be featured today!

Follow Us On Social

Don't Wait Last Minute!

Our Holiday Gift Guide is Out Now!

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
Happy Holidays to all!