1970 Split Bumper Camaro
These wheels were set up by Cortez Tire and Wheel. They came out to my home and measured the clearances ( 19 x 9.5 in the rear with a 285/35/19 and 19 x 8.0 in the front) with 235/35/19 P Zero tires.
The car is a 1970 split bumper Camaro that was purchased a little over 3 years ago as a Z/28 clone. Little was known about the vehicle other than it was a polished up turd until I brought it home and gave it a good inspection. The disassemble process started and I was surprised to see what was in store for me in the automotive restoration process.
The first step was to find a sandblaster (who over promised to deliver in two weeks) that delivered after 9 weeks. I now own a mobile sandblasting business. Then it was off to the paint shop who promised it would be done in 6 weeks, that turned into 9 months (I’m learning how to paint cars). The car was finished in the summer of 2015 and then finished again in the winter of 2015 and then again this past month. Perfection requires a little extra work.
The car underwent a massive restoration process that began with sandblasting every bit and piece that came off the car and then each piece was then powder coated with anti gas direct to metal primer. Extra heavy on the interior of the shell because it would not be painted. After the car had been blocked to perfection Alan over at AK Airbrush and Auto Body laid down the PPG Tuxedo Black along with several coats of clear.
The car was re assembled and the mechanical aspects started to take shape. The motor came from a 2012 Corvette (LS3). The motor was bored and stroked to 422 CI with all forged internals with a pretty stout compression ratio of 11:1. Behind that is a 4L80e linked up to a Ford 9″ held in by a Ridetech 4-link. It has Dual adjustable Coil over on each corner, welded in sub frame connector, upper and lower tubular A arms and 2 inch drop spindles. The braking power comes from 6 piston Wilwoods in the front and 4 piston in the rear, pushed by Hydratech’s brake booster.
The interior was treated with custom leather upholstery, vintage air, cobalt gauges, tinted windows and killer sound system that never gets used. The sound coming from the 2.5 inch custom stainless exhaust, Doug Thorley long tube headers and Spintech Exhaust creates a VILLAINOUS note.