Car Gallery 9

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Drew and Georgia Martin

This car was built mostly in my driveway over a two year period with the help of my wife except for the paint and body work that was done by a friend. The engine is a 502 with Edelbrock heads, roller cam, Torker 2 intake, and carb. Exhaust is handled by 1 ¾” ceramic coated headers, flowing into 3” pipes with Magnaflow mufflers. Transmission is a 700R4, 4 speed automatic with a stall converter lock up of approximately 1000 rpm over stock. The transmission has many upgrades to handle the additional power. Rear end is a Currie 9”, narrowed 2”on each side, with 350 gears in it. The rear fender wells have been mini-tubbed to handle additional tire width of 335/35/17 and using custom back spacing on Billet Specialties wheels. Wilwood disc brakes and tubular A arms and a 1” sway bar added to the front.

All lighting is LED. All interior components are new, including B&M shifter, wood steering wheel, custom gauge cluster, custom formed seats with extra side bolster, and custom recovered seats. Modern stereo with retro look added along with retro speaker covers. All new wiring was used through out the car as well.

This 1968 Camaro came into our life after it was purchased from a DEA asset seizure auction. The buyer had stripped everything out of the vehicle before giving up on the project. It was a true roller. Completely stripped body…just a few boxes containing odds and ends. It did however have a brand new 12 bolt rear end and was super clean. My wife and I snapped it up and dragged it home. Literally. Twenty minutes down the road on the 101 freeway, the truck and tow dolly swayed unnaturally. I Looked into my rear view and saw that the rear end had locked up. Not only locked up, it broke the U bolts off which allowed the rear end to come off the leaf spring pins and launch the tires into the wheel well. This was all caused from the pinion gear seizing because no oil had been added to the rear end.