In response to the emails from readers asking for more vintage photos of Camaros being assembled at the plant, we opened up the GM Media Archives vault. Unlike opening Al Capone's vault, we actually found some great stuff! Most of the photos we came across appear to be pre-production or early production due to the lack of teamsters in the surrounding work areas.
This may be the first time anyone outside of the archives has ever seen this gem. If you're into restoring Camaros back to original condition, you're going to like the finish and paint details in this photo. Sure, this early production Los Angeles-built '67 Camaro has an inline six-cylinder, but this photo shows a lot. There are some finishes here that many people have never seen in a clear color photo.
You can see that the Camaro is still on a hanging cradle. This image was taken after the "body-drop," where the body is lowered onto the front and rear suspension. The windshield washer hoses and headlight trim have yet to be installed.
We're not sure what all the white stuff is on the underside of the hood. The assembly line worker appears to be connecting the heater hoses to the engine with an air ratchet. We wonder why he's allowing the air hose to touch the fender. Dude, have you heard of a fender cover?
Check out the gloss on that engine! The classic, paint everything signature Chevrolet Orange. The gold, aluminum, and steel parts of the carburetor are nice and new. There appears to be a cap over the carburetor to keep out debris.
The gloss black of the heater duct housing is easy to distinguish against the much more muted semi-gloss black firewall that almost looks flat black. The radiator core support and six-cylinder fan shroud are a tad glossier black than the inner fenderwell. The hood hinge, hood spring, and hood latch assembly are gray phosphate, and the underhood bolts appear to be a little darker phosphate.
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