Let’s face it, us Camaro owners have it easy in terms of turning our rusty hulks into pristine examples of automotive art. When we have a cancer-riddled part, a great quality replacement piece is just a phone call or mouse click away. We can remember back when replacing the roof on a first-gen Camaro meant rummaging around boneyards looking for a decent donor roof. Today, every part of a first-gen is available through the aftermarket. In our case, we had a ’69 with just enough roof rot to justify replacing it. Sure, we could have patched it in, but frankly, it’s easier and nearly cheaper to replace the roof with fresh steel and call it a day.
In addition to the cost of the roof, you’ll have to factor in the supplies as well. To do it right, you’ll need some air tools, an assortment of cutting and grinding wheels, along with a variety of locking pliers; nothing too exotic with the exception of the pliers, which can get pretty specialized. If you’re going to pay a shop to do it, expect the labor to run between 9-12 hours, depending on the car. With parts in hand from Ground Up Restorations, we headed over to Best Of Show Coach Works in Escondido, California, to see what’s involved with tossing on a first-gen roof.