At the nose of the car, Doug scoured the control arms and fixed them with new bushings and performed the rest of the schedule with fresh ball joints, inner and outer tie-rod ends, centerlink, idler arm, and Pitman arm. He replaced the stock springs with Hotchkis 2-inch drop coils then intruded on wheel movement with Edelbrock Classic IAS shocks. The spindles, steering box, and the front antisway bar are stock. The rear suspension features custom four-leaf springs, shackles, bushings, and hardware. Doug built custom spring pockets that eliminate the factory rubber pads and provide a positive connection between leaf and leaf pocket. For the sake of the stance, he slipped in 1-inch lowering blocks and at last finished the assembly with a brace of IAS shock absorbers.
Doug laid down a layer of RAAMmat sound deadener (especially effective for audio installations) and carpet with additional sound cancelling built in. Doug is fronted by a varied tableau, where all the parts and pinpoints effortlessly before his eyes. The main attraction is the custom dash insert he built and had powdercoated in (textured) silver vein. Auto Meter Sport Comps bring it all into focus. Door panels striped with blue and reflecting black ABS are fitted with first-gen door pulls. A new dashpad sets the backdrop for the tilt steering column and a Grant wheel. All the seats were done over in black vinyl and the requisite blue centers. In a wise move, Doug installed Morris Classic Concepts three-point belt conversions on the front seats. In all, clean and pin-neat, restful on the eyes, and restful on the ears, maybe. Sony FM/CD head with 52 watts per channel. Rockford Fosgate 6x9 150-watt rear speakers and two 4-inch Pioneer speakers mounted in the original location.
For the most part, this engine represents about 85 percent of the hot rodding market in terms of dollars and sense. So long as you don't overly harass cast parts they'll remain faithful. Doug's friendly engine man cleaned up the bores of the 350 block with a 0.030-inch punch; he cut 0.010-inch from the journals of the cast crank. Here, Federal Mogul pistons combine with Speed Pro rings and forged steel connecting rods. Decks of the pistons are flat and combine with 76cc combustion chambers to produce a cat-pee friendly 9:1 compression ratio. The valvetrain is COMP throughout: hydraulic-roller with a 0.460-inch lift and 268 degrees of duration at 0.050, pushrods, 1.6:1 roller rockers, valvesprings, et al. A Cloyes double-roller timing chain joins GM crank snout with a COMP Cams gear. Oiling is advanced via a stock oil pan and the traditional Melling high-output pump, and coolant is regulated by a Flex-a-Lite S-Band fan pulling 3,000 cfm. Though the iron cylinder heads live with 1.94/1.50-inch valves and 76cc combustion chambers, they get the message out. A neat Black Mountain Precision 1-inch cogged belt keeps the ancillaries awake. A sensibly sized 650-cfm Carter four-barrel (with custom drop lid) jams through an Edelbrock Performer RPM and a hopped-up HEI blows 50,000 volts. For the final phase, ceramic-coated 15/8-inch-primary Hooker Super Comps hustle the dreck through a 21/2-inch tract. Greeting moderate grunt is the Turbo 350 replete with a Stage 2 shift kit. B&M products include the Mega shifter and a 12-inch converter that stalls at 1,700 rpm. A rebuilt stock 'shaft dilutes the grunt in an antique 10-bolt that was rehabbed and re-geared from 2.73 to 3.42:1. Positive traction included.
Classy Chassis in Olympia stripped the carcass inside and out, down to naked metal. They fit and installed new lower fender patches and a taillight panel. To repair the damage done by another shop, Classy smoothed out a new roof skin. The remainder of the panels are GM factory stuff. A couple of coats of epoxy primer laid the base for three coats of K38 acrylic urethane and the entire surface was blocked with 150#. Once those coats hardened, two more of K38 went on and then blocked with very fine 400#. Classy swept the paint gun back and forth, applying the DuPont GM Code 70 Metallic Blue. Where necessary, these guys introduced the black hood and deck stripes (with pearl ghosting down both sides).
Wheels & Brakes
Until the time is right and the budget less tight, the Camaro's stoppers are rebuilt originals, rear drums and all. To go with the medium blue exterior, 17-inch Hot Wheels Sixty-Eight five spokes, 8- and 9-inches wide, respectively. Rubber corresponding includes P235/45ZR and P285/40ZR BFG g-Force T/A.