Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY THIRTY-THREE: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Dr. Gerald Bucholtz has hung onto his 1969 Z/28 Camaro since he bought it new as a college kid. The car has never been off the road or in hibernation for long. For about 17 years, Bucholtz lived and practiced in Florida, and the Z/28 came with him. In 1991, he returned to Wisconsin, with the car still intact except for a suspension upgrade that included bigger shocks and some stiffer springs.
The car might still be a largely untouched original survivor had it not been for a meeting with a deer about 19 years ago. That fast-forwarded a restoration project that Bucholtz probably would have gotten around to eventually anyway, given his affection for his Z/28.
“It just broke a headlight and damaged the little plastic grille. It wasn’t much damage, but the bill was $1,700 and I took that money and put it towards the restoration – which turned out to cost a lot more than $1,700!” he says.
The four-speed floor shifter has a Hurst handle, but it controls the original factory manual transmission. Bucholtz isn’t shy about using that performance shift handle to wring the high-revving 302 out occasionally and make sure it’s still in fighting condition.
“I do open up the secondaries. I don’t let that gas sit in the secondaries forever,” he says with a grin. “I do get fresh gas in there, otherwise you’ve got troubles with it!"
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