Camaro is Perfect the LS1 Project Car and it’s Priced to Move

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1999 Camaro Z28 Driver Side

LS1 Camaro is in need of some body and paint work, but it runs and it is only $3,800.

If you have been looking for a cheap LS1 car to build, this 1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 posted in the LS1Tech Marketplace by “98MNBZ28” might be perfect. Well, it is perfect if you are looking to do a fair amount of body and paint work, or if you are looking to drive a car with that lived-in look. In any case, this is a running, driving LS1 Camaro with a few simple upgrades available in Florida for just $3,800.

The Introduction

When the OP first posted his 1999 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for sale, he provided some basic information on the car including mileage, modifications, maintenance performance recently and the various shortcomings.

1999 Camaro Z28 Front

99 Z28
-128,328(last reported)
SLP lid
Pacesetter, aftermarket catback(flowmaster or magnaflow)
-New plugs, wires, racetronix fuel pump and MAF
-A/C works but not heat
-cruise works

112,XXX is on odometer. It either was reported incorrectly or cluster swapped. Right side of car is sun faded, dent above driver rear tire, possible fender bender in front (new bumper included). Drives straight. Driver window slow (motor or regulator). Code P0447 for canister valve vent (have replacement part). Turn signals went out (have replacement sockets and bulbs). Front speakers blown. Needs tires. Currently located in Hernando, FL. Will be there till 4/1 then in ATL. $3800 obo

The OP also included a dozen pictures, many of which we have included here.

The Pros

The upsides to this 1999 Camaro are the fact that it has an LS1 with some common upgrades that runs and drives for under $4,000. Some basic maintenance has been performed, so you might be able to buy this car and drive it right away if you have different wheels and tires to mount up. With an SLP lid, headers and a full exhaust system, this car might run a little better than it did when stock, after a proper tune-up.

1999 Camaro LS1

More importantly, the car is all there, so it is a great basis for a build project, but there are plenty of problems that make it less-than-ideal for a cruiser.

The Cons

The biggest problem with the Camaro is the exterior. The body is beat up and the paint is awful. The car is so dirty in the pictures that it is hard to tell if the paint is all bad, but anyone who wants a nice looking Z28 will want to paint this one.

The driver’s side window doesn’t work correctly, the turn signals don’t work, the front speakers are shot and it has a check engine light for a evaporative canister issue. That evaporative canister will prevent this car from passing an emission test, so anyone in an applicable state will have to deal with that as well.

1999 Camaro Rear End

Also, while the air conditioning works, the heat doesn’t, so one more point for a project car that would have all of the HVAC stuff ripped out.

So, if you live in a state that doesn’t have emission testing and you aren’t worried about aesthetics, this 1999 Camaro could be a perfect driver, but anyone who is looking to do some body work could return this fourth generation Camaro to its original glory.

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"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

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