You know, there’s just something about this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Street 434 600 HP Award Winning Car that thundered off Detroit’s assembly lines, slugged it out at stop lights for years, and finally ended up as an all-steel Christmas tree conqueror that inspires a cult-like following.
Reborn roughly seven years ago, and made meaner every winter since, this sinister ’67 Camaro is built to earn money at the track and win trophies at the expo and Muscle Cars World know this.
Admit it, when you see a badass bowtie pony car with a giant hood and giant rear tires, all is right with the world; at least for the five seconds the car takes to roar out of sight. And what better way to make a classic bowtie even more appealing than wrapping it in a stunning coat of high quality paint? This Camaro’s solid body panels are straight steel pieces that display excellent fit and world-class finish, and its high quality paint is a brilliant coat of custom Burgundy Glasurit which reflects a glossy, wet-look shine. Read more!
While that unbeatable combination is the product of a professional, $200K plus restoration which was officially completed in the spring of 2005, each winter the car gets trucked back to East Coast Muscle Cars in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania to be freshened up with a few new parts and some high quality T.L.C. The result is one very well done pavement scorcher that’s been built and maintained to exacting specifications thanks to a great combination of skilled workmanship and first-rate detailing!
When it comes to purity of form, I really can’t think of a better looking car than the first generation Camaro. It’s a simple and straightforward design that continues to age exceptionally well, especially in the company of its extroverted and exaggerated competitors. At the front of this super cool strip cruiser a stainless trimmed egg crate grille hangs Rally Sport-exclusive headlights above a clean front valence that’s equipped with Rally Sport-exclusive marker lights.
At the top of that grille a six inch Glasstek cowl induction hood props custom black flames in front of lightly tinted glass, fresh stainless trim and body-matched drip rails. Below that modified hood, the car’s profile presents a smooth, monochromatic appearance that’s only interrupted by a chrome bowtie mirror and traditional chrome door handles. And at the back of that vintage profile, new ’67 Camaro-exclusive tail lights hang above a narrowed, tucked and painted bumper and clear, Rally Sport-exclusive reverse lamps.
A one handed hoist of the car’s lightweight hood reveals a tweaked 434 cubic inch small block Chevrolet V8 which began life as a run-of-the-mill 400, now makes roughly 600 horsepower, and is currently 100% detailed for show! At the top of that cool-running block, a flame-branded RaceCrafters fuel injection system funnels fresh air and high octane race fuel into a custom sheetmetal intake that’s been fully chromed from front to back. Below that intake custom, flame-branded valve covers and 1.75 inch, ceramic coated Hooker Super Competition headers frame a brutal, yet reliable, JE stroker kit.
At the back of that kit, an MSD 6AL ignition system sends fire through high quality Accel Hi Temp plug wires. In front of those wires, a full set of billet pulleys spin a flashy chrome alternator opposite a fully polished power steering pump. And in front of that power steering pump a polished Ron Davis radiator, which is equipped with two 31×19 inch Ron Davis electric puller fans, sends water through chrome flex hoses with the help of a polished electric water pump.
While this newly freshened mill’s main purpose is to go straight at a very high rate of speed, it still has a lot of impressive eyeball appeal. Great looking dress up pieces such as a polished SSBC master cylinder, braided hoses, chrome accessories and a slick set of Detroit Speed Engineering hood supports add show-worthy details. And flawless Burgundy Glasurit, which perfectly matches the engine’s glossy, burgundy block, flows in from the car’s exterior panels onto a smoothed firewall, clean inner fenders and a modified core support.
Underneath this rock-solid Camaro you’ll find a no compromises drivetrain that perfectly complements over-restored, body-matched floorpans and a long roster of serious race equipment. Behind the big bore engine a GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission, which was built to spec by Edwards Performance Transmission in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, utilizes a manual valve body, a 5,000 RPM stall converter and a high performance auxiliary cooler to execute quick, efficient shifts and wheel stand inducing launches.
Behind that transmission, a four inch aluminum driveshaft spins a stalwart Dana 60 rear end that’s equipped with asphalt busting 5.13 gears. Holding that awesome transmission off the ground is a smoothed front subframe which hangs narrowed Fat Man tubular control arms and Carrera coil over shocks at the sides of a Detroit Speed Engineering 600 steering box. Holding that awesome rear end off the ground is a custom back half which makes good use of 44 inch tubs, stretched wheel wells, a custom ladder bar suspension and Aldan coil over shocks. And holding all that track-ready hardware off the ground is a sweet set of 15 inch Billet Specialties wheels which spin 25×7.50 Hoosier Pro Street radials in front of 33×22.50Hoosier Quick Time drag tires.
Naturally, that impressive drivetrain’s momentum is countered by an equally impressive Aerospace Components four wheel disc brake system that hangs billet, four-piston calipers over four drilled and slotted rotors. The engine’s massive Hooker headers flow into a vicious sounding four inch exhaust system that sends spent gases through welded, single chamber mufflers to side exit pipes that are tucked under clearanced rocker panels. And everything from this Camaro’s custom stainless transmission lines to its custom floor pans and custom inner fenders is fully sorted and ready to pound the pavement!
Inside this cool first generation F-Body you’ll find a clean and inviting interior that’s a nice combination of quarter mile safety features and open road conveniences. During the restoration a 10 point, tig-welded Chromalloy roll cage, which is built to 8.5 second specifications, was installed around gray Ultraleather Fiero bucket seats and heavy duty M&R three-point racing harnesses. Between those seats a custom, flame-branded console centers a chrome Hurst Quarter Stick shifter on top of a custom transmission tunnel. At the sides of those seats, custom Ultraleather door panels hang sculpted armrests below billet door handles, billet window cranks and slick billet lock posts.
In front of those seats, a traditional ’67 Camaro dash has been modified to accommodate a full set of Auto Meter Phantom gauges. Above those seats, a custom headliner adds both style and texture. And below those seats, clean floor mats lend the otherwise basic interior a nice, finished look. In front of the driver, a color-keyed Billet Specialties half-wrap steering wheel spins around a polished tilt steering column. And behind the passengers, flame embossed fender tubs anchor a custom aluminum trunk around custom decklid hinges, a clean Ultraleather decklid pad, and a polished and flame-branded fuel cell.
In its short time on the show circuit this pristine Chevrolet coupe has racked up many impressive accolades. Here’s an itemized list of its major accomplishments:
Recipient of the Comp Cams Thumper Award at the 2010 Street Rod Nationals
Recipient of the Award of Excellence at the 2009 Maple Grove Super Chevy Show
Recipient of a four page feature spread in the March 2007 edition of Super Rod Magazine
Appeared in the October 2006 edition of Super Rod Magazine
Appeared in the October 2007 edition of the Beachcomber newspaper
Appeared in the November 2008 edition of Camaro Performers Magazine
Appeared in the August 2010 edition of Street Scene Magazine