A Bit of Nostalgia

My 1988 IROC Z/28
I miss my 1988 IROC Z/28

Yes, this is a scan of an old Polaroid from around 2000 or so. That car is my now long departed 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z/28. There were quite a few times when I thought about wrapping a chain around the bar between the T-tops and using it as an anchor, but I had some awesome times with it, too.

I bought it from a supposed friend who said it was perfect. Then I did an oil change and the oil came out looking like a chunky chocolate milkshake. It turned out that my alleged friend had overheated the engine and there was an eight inch crack in the lifter valley. I had the motor swapped with a little help from my friends. There were still problems with the “new” 305 TPI V8 from a 1989 Firebird. The check engine light wouldn’t go out and the engine leaked approximately two to three quarts of oil a week. I just used 20W50 and changed the filter occasionally.

I needed to figure out a way to smog it in a few weeks when a 17 year old driver who’d had her license for 10 days hit this car and totaled it. I broke even overall with the settlement.

I’d love to get another ’88 IROC, but there’s a few issues. All I find are either the equivalent of a wrecked WWII fighter in the jungle of a south Pacific island that needs a total rebuild or I find a 5,000 mile garage queen with a bunch of trophies with an asking price that’s more C8 Corvette than ’80s Camaro. I can’t seem to find another daily driver with minor issues.

Maybe someday…