Jimmy has a lot of history with his 1968 Camaro since he purchased it on June 4, 1985 while stationed in Okinawa, Japan serving with the U.S. Navy. The Camaro was transported to Okinawa in 1984 from the previous owner’s home town of Roanoke, VA. The Camaro is a convertible with the original small block 327 CI engine and a two speed power slide transmission. While in Okinawa he had a local Japanese body shop weld new metal in all four quarter panels, floor board, painted the car royal blue, and re-upholster the front seats. In 1986 he was transferred to Washington State and then he relocated to California in 2000, the Camaro following along with every move.
He soon became more interested in restoring his Camaro and started with transmission, then rebuilt engine, replaced the top, and many other updates. All the while retaining the original parts including the wheels and hub caps. It was again repainted in 1991, blue with the addition of a silver metal flake and a pearl hue. With the aid of GM numbering manual he was able to determine that all the numbers on the motor, firewall and dash identity plates, intake and exhaust manifolds match. He was able to trace the title history back to Yadkinville, NC 7/22/1981.
He is currently a member with the California City Street Rods Club. Over the years he has traveled with the members and participated in car shows in western Washington. He said although it is not an RS or SS, he still is having so much fun and enjoys driving his 1968 Camaro when weather permits.