1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Head to Head
About “Rare Camaro”
This is my 1970 1/2 Camaro Z-28. It was originally bought for my father aout 8 years ago. He and I were working on building it together. He realized he couldn't afford it anymore so he sold it to me. I build the motor a 350 but had to use it for another deal. I put a turbo 350 in it with a shift kit and the rearend is a 10 bolt. We found out this car had been piece parted out and whomever had it the many times it was bought and sold all put junkyard or swap meet parts on it. We originally thousght it was a Z-28 clone. Upon many parts purchases and some head scratching we started getting confused as to why parts for a plain Camaro was not fitting I decided to do some research. A guy from our local Camaro club said all Z-28s had Z-28 stamped on the vin tag. Nothing made sense about this car and things still were not adding up. I ended up writing a couple letters to magazines and even the manufacturer themselves to get some kind of confirmation. I received only one letter back andit has said that there were about 200 or so Camaro's that left the factory as Z-28's with mysterious VIN tags. they were just trying to get them out the doors using any and all parts they could and never stamped the Z-28 on the VIN tags or copied down the vin tags going out of the factory. A guy needed the build sheet under the rear seat to actually know what all was there and what the true story of all the options etc... per those particular cars. He said basically I have one of 200 or so Camaro Z-28's that left the factory with mysterious VIN tags an dhe is not sure how many are still out there. That is what makes this Camaro Z-28 a little rare.
This is my first full blown restoration attempt. Yes, it was sitting out in a field, 20 miles East of Bend Oregon. I answered an add at Mike's Auto Parts for a 1966 Chevelle, $1,500.00 o.b.o. Spoke to Kenny Clause the owner and it was a California car that he got in his travels. Had been setup as a low rider and the frame got pounded!!!! It had what appears to be the original motor, 2 speed powerglide, a bench seat, with column shift, original diamond tuck interior. It started, ran and drove when I got it. Go ahead, try to find a 66' Chevelle with a motor, tranny and interior that runs and drives.... Good Luck! I immersed myself until I ran out of money, bought all 4 new springs for it and put in a nice set of KYB shocks all the way around. We tore out the motor and trans, cleaned it all up underneath and took off the front clip. Bought a new steel SS hood, emblems, blocked and sanded the whole car. Put together a NASTY 406 small block courtesy of Steve's Precision Machine Shop in Tigard, Oregon. KB hypereutectic pistons, Canfield aluminum heads with 2.080" intake valves, yeah you read it and I typed it right, 2.080" intakes baby!!! Performer RPM Air Gap that I hand polished to chrome, MSD distributor, Crane Gold full needle fulcrum roller rocker arms, forged pushrods of course, streetable Edelbrock cam. Backing it up is a BUILT TH400 with a mild streetable stall convertor, 2,800 rpm.
Currently I am powdercoating the factory brackets and starting to put the engine hardware on it. Pretty much ready for color, then stuffing the new motor and trans in it.
Oh yeah, I kinda lost it on ebay.... (I call it Crack Bay...) Anyhoo, ended up with factory buckets, a factory console and 3 speed shifter to add to the effect.
-Now just waiting for a pile of money to show up so I can finish it!!!
Specs for “Rare Camaro”
350 SB Chevy motor
Turbo 350 transmission,
10 Bolt rearend
Specs for “SS_sha'Velle”
Estimated horsepower is going to be between 410-430 HP.
No other specs are availiable at this time, not done!!!
Factory Options for “Rare Camaro”
SB and BB Chevy motors.
10 and 12 Bolt rearends.
Automatic or Manual transmissions.
Split Bumpers, Front and rear spoilers. Disc Brakes,
Factory Options for “SS_sha'Velle”
Buckets, console/shifter. Ghetto manual 4 wheel drum brakes for now... Power steering.
-What, we don't need no stinking sissy AC or other options, this is a hot rod!!!
Mods for “Rare Camaro”
Turbo 350 trans with a shift kit
B&M automatic shifter
350 Motor all stock except for the forged flat top pistons, moly rings, ported and polished heads, aluminum intake, Holley carb, headers, and some chrome etc...
Corvette Ralley Wheels
L88 Hood scoop
Stewart Warner guages in a custom made polished aluminum gauge panel.
Brand New Soft Seal weather stripping
New floor pans, trunk pan, and suspension parts powder coated black.
Mods for “SS_sha'Velle”
Buckets, console, 406 small block, built TH400 transmission/stall convertor.
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