LIMA — Marcus Lori of Lima grew up in an era when the Z28 Camaro was a popular car.
As a teen, he rode around with a friend that had one. He told himself he would own one some day.
Lori, now 48, never lost that love for the model. He has now owned four of them, first the 1973, 1986 and 1987 versions. However, he found his favorite with his current one, a 1978.
Employed as a pipe fitter, Lori was working with his friend, Bill Perry, at the Husky Lima Refinery when he mentioned he was thinking about getting another Camaro and fixing it up. A few days later, Perry called Lori and told him, “I found the Camaro for you, man.” The car belonged to Perry’s father, who lived in Rockford. The previous owner very seldom used the car.
“After seeing it, of course I had to have it,” Lori said.
Lori purchased the car and has since made many upgrades. The original 359 engine is now bored and stroked. The car has a news four-speed transmission, new paint and trim.
“The car is about 90 percent finished,” Lori said. “There is only a few minor things to do on cosmetics and the interior. I hope to have it finished in June.”
Lori, born in 1969, is hoping to someday own a Camaro from the year he was born. However, for now, he isn’t complaining.
“Wow,” Lori said. “I’ve always been a fan of the Camaro. What a fun car to drive.”
Lori said that after he is done making the last few changes on his car, he plans to take it to a car show for the first time this summer.
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