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1969 Camaro - A Labor Of Love




Larry Valeriano's Labor of Love

When he was young, Larry was taught the basics of car repair by his dad. A generation later, Larry had a son, Alex, and wanted to pass his knowledge on to him. So when Alex was 14, father and son started shopping for a project car that wasn't too far gone, but was in need of a proper restoration.

Through a co-worker, Larry found a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS that was perfect for their project. This late first-generation Camaro (built in September 1969) needed body and mechanical work, since the previous owner had lost interest in the restoration.

Starting From the Ground Up
They aimed to restore the Camaro into a daily driver. Alex was a student at the Berks Career and Technology Center in nearby Oley, Pennsylvania, with a good knowledge of welding. But it was his father who gave him the hands-on experience he needed when they replaced a rear quarter panel. And a father's love of cars was quickly passed on to his son.

The Right Tools for the Job
For four years, the two used Eastwood automotive paints and coatings to restore every visible part, from front to rear.

From the Inside...
The Valerianos built their own 4'x4'x4' oven in order to powder-coat anything from engine parts and radiator supports to suspension pieces and inner fender wells with their Eastwood Original Hotcoat Powder Coating Gun. Our Rubberized Undercoating sealed the underside, and our Gas Tank Sealer protected the tank, with Tank Tone for a great finish. There's Spatter Paint inside the trunk, and Underhood Black, Chassis Black Golden Cad, and Hotcoat Reflective Chrome throughout the rest of the car. And then there's that great 350 small-block in Chevy Orange Ceramic Engine Paint.

...to the Outside
For the exterior, Alex chose Eastwood Premium Single-Stage Urethane Paint in Burn-Out Blue Metallic and European Urethane Clear. It's hard to believe that the Camaro's finish, applied in Larry's garage with our DeVilbiss Auto Paint and Priming System, was the work of a first-time auto body painter.

Memories to Last a Lifetime
And finally they were done. In spring, Alex proudly drove the Camaro to school in time for graduation. Today, father and son say, "We couldn't have done it without Eastwood!"