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Rough Start: 1977 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Wrong Year, But Give It A Chance!

Rough Start: 1977 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Wrong Year, But Give It A Chance!

Generally, the 1974-77 Camaro is the wrong year. Unless you have the misfortune of finding one of the Iron Duke-powered third-gens, a shovelnosed second-gen Camaro is the low point. Weak power outputs, a push for cushy touring setups, the 1970’s era demo derby bumpers…not a great combination. Which means of course, I love ’em. It’s my first love, what can I say…it was the first car I went straight-up bonkers over. It was my first car, one of two cars I owned but never got to actually drive, and since they are based on the same exact setup as 1970, you can reverse-engineer the Malaise right out of them. If you can’t whip up a small-block setup that’ll put a smile on your face, we don’t know what to say. You could build a Baldwin-Motion mechanical clone, you could combine a big-block with an HSE suspension system…have a ball.

Though I tend to be suspicious of Marketplace listings, it appears that this might be a legitimate 1977 Camaro Z28, and I say that because the stripes and badges have the worn-out look that only age brings. It’s your basic beater second-gen recipe: tired smogger small-block, automatic with the ratchet shifter in the console, in desperate need of interior work, sitting on aftermarket wheels (Champ 500? Nice!) and the door sag from hell that most second-gen F-cars suffer from. The bill for this beauty is $3,500…and if you haven’t been paying attention to the market on these cars lately, that’s a score and a half. If there’s no rot whatsoever in this car, it’s more in the neighborhood of eight or nine grand easy as it sits.

With the neat faded graphics, we’d spend some coin cleaning up the interior and getting a factory stock shifter with the built-in ratchet mechanism, then spend the rest of the money underhood waking up some much-needed grunt. Leave it looking worn but give it the spirit that even Chevy struggled to find in those dark days!

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5 thoughts on “Rough Start: 1977 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Wrong Year, But Give It A Chance!

  1. jerry z

    I admit I have a soft spot for these Z28’s. My brother’s friend have a root beer ’77 1/2 Z28 with a 4 speed and it was a blast to drive in (didn’t have my license yet). He tuned it up for more performance and had turbo mufflers on it.

    You just have to be there to underdtand.

    1. Richard Noggin

      there’s an exact same car, been sitting for 2-3 decades at least, guess he blew motor – he was a year ahead of me in school, tall guy named Kurt, l think….

  2. Chevy Alen

    As far as I know the 77 Z only came with a four speed, I had a twin to this car & like everyone else in the world am kicking myself for all the nice iron gotten rid of in the past, I’m a sucker for the late 2nd gen as well… Good score for sure though 🙂

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