GM Camaro 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Model Identification

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1ST GENERATION CAMAROS



See Figures 1 through 6

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Fig. Fig. 1: The front end of a 1967 Camaro-note that the turn signals are located next to the headlights



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Fig. Fig. 2: The front end of a 1967 Camaro Super Sport (SS)-this SS model is equipped with hide-away headlights



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Fig. Fig. 3: The front end of a 1968 Camaro-models with hide-away headlights have the turn signals located below the front bumper



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Fig. Fig. 4: The front end of a 1968 Camaro SS-note the SS body stripe around the front of the car and that the turn signals are rectangular (unlike 1967 models)



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Fig. Fig. 5: The front end of a 1969 Camaro-in 1969, even models not equipped with hide-away headlights have the turn signal lamps located below the front bumper



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Fig. Fig. 6: The front end of a 1969 Camaro SS-the hide-away headlight doors are equipped with 3 little windows (in case the doors failed to open)

The 1st generation Camaros include the 1967, 1968 and 1969 models. The 1967 and 1968 Camaros, although almost identical, can be easily distinguished from one another because of the front vent window and rear monoleaf spring equipped on all 1967 Camaros. The 1967 model is the only Camaro to be equipped with a front vent window. The 1967 Camaro is also equipped with a metal, monoleaf rear spring, whereas in 1968 Chevrolet installed multi-leaf springs in the rear of Camaro models. The 1967 and 1968 Camaro models share the same rounded wheel wells, which the 1969 Camaros do not possess.

In 1969, the Camaro body was changed slightly; the wheel well openings became more squared off, a ridge was created over the wheel well openings and the grille area became more aggressive looking.

2ND GENERATION



See Figures 7 and 8

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Fig. Fig. 7: The front end of 1970-73 Camaro-some models are equipped with fine mesh front grilles ...



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Fig. Fig. 8: ... whereas other 1970-73 Camaro models have coarse mesh front grilles

In 1970, Chevrolet introduced the 2nd generation of Camaros on totally redesigned bodies. These new Camaros were nicknamed "Huggers" because of their lower height and center of gravity. The first batch of 2nd generation Camaros were the 1970-73 models. All of these models are difficult, from outward appearances, to distinguish from one another. They were all designed with round tail lights, vertical grilles (either a large open grille accompanied by two small "bumperettes" on either side, or a two piece grille (upper and lower) bisected horizontally by a large bumper) and a non-wrap around rear window.

Mid Models

See Figures 9 and 10

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Fig. Fig. 9: The front end of 1974-77 Camaro-in 1974, the front bumper was made sturdier and the front grille was slanted backward at an angle



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Fig. Fig. 10: The front end of 1974-77 Camaro-note the small "bumperettes" on the front bumper, which were an option available throughout 1967-77

In 1974, the front and rear ends of the Camaro were changed slightly, although the nonwrap around window carried over into the 1974 model. The wrap around rear window was introduced in 1975. The 1974-77 Camaros were equipped with new irregularly-shaped trapozoidal tail lights. The large open grille with the two small bumperettes was done away with, and a new large aluminum bumper was installed to meet Federal crash test standards. The front and grille were also slanted back at an approximate 45 degree angle. The 1974-77 Camaros also came equipped with bucket seats designed with a higher back.

Late Models

See Figure 11

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Fig. Fig. 11: The front end of 1978-81 Camaro-these models are equipped with urethane front bumper/valance assemblies

The largest distinguishing factor between mid model 2nd generation Camaros (1974-77) and late model 2nd generation Camaros (1978-81) is that the late models were equipped with color-matched urethane front and rear bumper sections; the large aluminum bumper was done away with. These models were also fitted with three color rear light assemblies (red/amber/white), compared to the two color rear light assemblies (red/white) used in Camaros up to this point.

 
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