View Full Version : 80-81 Camaro Z28 Question - Kinda new to this ;)
06-24-2005, 01:03:00 PM
Hello, I am pretty new to Camaros and in my searching for more info I came across this great site After reading through some of the posts I feel that everyone here seems to be very knowledgable.
I have always loved Camaros but have never thought of owning one until recently. I finally have some extra money to spend but I need some guidance. I am looking at 80-81 Z28 and I wanted to know how much I would be looking to spend. I am not looking to restore one but only to add on in the future. Would there be a better year to look into? How hard would it be to find one of these and where would be a good place to start.
I really appreciate any help, thanks!
06-24-2005, 02:13:00 PM
the best year to own is the body style YOU like. The older camaros generally will cost a bit more. You can get a alomost mint 78-81 camaro for about 7 to 10K and a good runner for $1,000 to 5K as a 70-73 camaro in mint conditon will run 10 to 20K+ and a $3,000 70-73 will be a definate fixer upper
I like my 78 because I know they are so plenty I dont feel bad not keeping it origonal, something else to think about
06-24-2005, 02:20:00 PM
I am going to go for a 80-81 Z28 for sure. I guess my only problem is finding one. Anyone have any suggestions?
06-24-2005, 02:28:00 PM
There is a member here in Minnesota who is still considering selling his... Rerod355
It isn't a Z28 but would outperform any factory 80-81 Z28.
06-24-2005, 02:44:00 PM
I am open to just about any 2nd Gen Camaro comparable or better then a Z28. Along the lines of $10-12,000. The only problem I have is finding one. I guess I'm just not sure where to start. I have never purchased a car online and really don't know much about it. Anyone have any suggestions?
06-24-2005, 03:11:00 PM
Thanks for the nudge Terry!
Mistwalker0, if you have any interest in mine I'd be more than happy to give you additional info. I'm asking $6,000 for it so there would be money left to take care of transporting it to you and such... let me know if you're interested, okay? I have tons of pictures!! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
06-24-2005, 05:22:00 PM
I Recommend Ebay. Check out the pictures and see if there's one you like. It's set up for purchase price and delivery costs and payment options. in case you find one wrecked I have an entire front end w/doors and rear bumper for sale on craiglist.com in Fresno, CA.
06-27-2005, 09:52:00 PM
Don't get an 81. Thats the year GM startesd the computer control shit. Go 79 or 80.
I'm off the antifreeze and the car is tipsy,
On the offramp doin bout a hundred 'n fifty!
71 camaro 427BBC 500+ Hp
Check out My cardomain page! (http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/814239)
06-28-2005, 01:15:00 PM
Mistwalker, I sent you an email.
06-28-2005, 08:59:00 PM
Just to give you a base, I paid 2K for my 81 Z28 in 2001. It had been sitting for 5 years. It had 96000 miles on it. The interior was in excellent shape, body was very straigt and rust free, the biggest drawback was the paint was (and still is) badly faded. I had to put new tires, brakes and exhaust on it to get it on the road. It is pretty much still all orignial. It's a 350 auto car, with A/C being the only real option, no PW, PDL, cruise tilt or rear window defog. No T-tops either, and standard interior.
06-30-2005, 05:52:00 AM
I bought my '79 from its 2nd owner (who inherited it from the 1st) all-original, no wrecks, no damage (very small road chips on nose), GM dealer service records, original sales contract, build sheet, and 22K mi. on a GM dealer rebuild of the original motor (only 128K mi on car) for $1800.
07-03-2005, 11:44:00 PM
81 Z28 are just fine. By the way who still has the computer hooked up anyway! Mine is a canadian model with no computer, but if it did it would be the first to go!!
07-04-2005, 08:48:00 AM
I have an 81 Z28 with the origional engine and computer and it runs great! It still has all the smog equipment too. 120K and still strong, doesn't smoke or leak oil, so Dont worry about getting an 81 model because of the CCC. I love the 80-81 style! I just finished painting mine, check it out.
1981 Z28 305/4sp. Black with all options and build sheet
07-04-2005, 04:23:00 PM
where are the computers on the 81 as i just picked one up.i plan to pull it all and just have all motor to say.
07-04-2005, 04:26:00 PM
under the back of the console under the dash bolted to the floor...
well under the radio if that makes better sense
[This message has been edited by badazz81z28 (edited July 04, 2005).]
07-04-2005, 04:36:00 PM
so i need to look around eh?lolwill it run once this is all gone?new to the maro scene.thanks in advance.
07-06-2005, 09:57:00 PM
yes and no. it will run but not right if you just disconnect the computer. The computer controls the vacumn advance on the distributor and the mixture on the carb. I drove mine for a while with the computer not working because it kept blowing fuses. the difference is night and day with it working. To diconnect the computer you'd need a new carb, and a new distributor with a vacumn advance to make it run right. Feel free to email me with any other questions.
07-06-2005, 11:28:00 PM
hey thanks pete i will keep you inmind for my dumb questions lol.i plan to put a older 350 in it.so i can get hp under the hood.
07-08-2005, 11:32:00 PM
ebay is fine, I'd work through my banker, that way you can get some built in protection, get the car paid for and transported home. Also, the people on the other end tend to be a little more honest when they know you have a banker behind you and just not your credit card or cashier's check.