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Custom Paint - Cars - 1978 Camaro - Customs by Ripper


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"Straight Between the Eyes"

This car won numerous awards and trophies while it was my daily driver. I finally retired it and built a van instead. Parts from this car went into several other show-winning cars around the country.
The hood mural is from a book cover "Conan, the Destroyer"
Trunk mural is from an album cover "Rainbow, Straight Between the Eyes!!"
Graphics are from my head. (I know, see a shrink!)

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Notice the Gas, Oil, and Water (H2O) cans have matching graphics.
So do the wheels (matching colors at least)!!

Here's what it looked like to start, a basic `78 Camaro, rust holes and all.
You can't see it in this picture but the entire top of both quarters were gone.

Custom Painted 1978 Camaro

This was my own personal daily driver for many years.
Here are some during shots.

Custom Painted 1978 Camaro Custom Painted 1978 Camaro

- List of Custom Work Done -

  • Brand new quarters, doors, trunk, upper trunk filler panel, hood and front bumper cover.
  • IROC front spoiler molded to bumper (Urethane).
  • 1981 Z-28 fender vents molded to fenders (functional vents).
  • 1984 Trans Am Fender Vents molded to fender extensions, also functional for brake cooling.
  • Fender extensions welded to fenders.
  • Shaved handles and door locks (remote operated).
  • Power windows added (factory parts were used, not a cheap aftermarket kit).
  • Rounded lower rear door edges.
  • Flared rear wheel wells and stretched quarters. (very subtle to fit 50 series tires underneath).
  • All body seams welded and filled.
  • Semi-Frenched antenna.
  • SDtock Z-28 Rear spoiler molded to body and decklid.
  • All non-essential chrome moldings removed.
  • All emblems (except taillight filler emblem) removed.
  • All remaining moldings painted body color.

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