Last updated Sep 18, 2014
After years of searching I finally found a 70-73 Camaro in my price range and it was for sale locally. I've always wanted one of these cars, but figured I would never actually own one. I really like the looks of the split bumper with the round blinker lights next to the head lights (as opposed to the rectangular blinker lights under the bumper).
I bought this car on 4-21-07 for $3,500. I was told the car has been sitting for 4 years and the SBC 400 engine didn't work. So it wasn't perfect, but was a good start for a project. I think the price was a steal! My goal was to have it on the road by the end of summer 2007 - that goal was accomplished!
The thing I liked the best about this car was that the fuel injected and blown 350 engine fit under the stock flat hood. No one knew it was under there. It was funny to pop the hood at a car show or cruise night and then watch people scratching their heads looking at the engine as if saying, "What the hell is all this stuff?" This car would have been a nice little sleeper if the exhaust weren't so loud.
This car has been a domino effect of problems. To get the engine to fit with the original hood I had to install short Moroso solid motor mounts, modify PS pump location, have custom PS lines made, install electric fan, install shorty headers, etc... I even went through two transmissions after getting this engine set up because it's so powerful. I started of with the stock TH350 and blew that up. Then I installed a 700R4 trying to save gas money having overdrive. That transmission only lasted six weeks and then the torque converter went. In the spring of 2009, I installed a 4L80E out of a 1996 Chevy 3500 pickup. For that install I needed to fabricate a new crossmember, have the driveshaft shortened and purchase a stand alone transmission computer to make everything work.
It was one obstacle after another, but it was all worth it when it was running right.
1971 sbc 350/270HP 2 bolt main high nickel block
(stock bore, rods, pistons and crank)
B&M 144 blower
B&M Superjection fuel injection kit
B&M Hi-Tek two piece aluminum valve covers
Comp Cams 1.6 roller rockers
Griffin aluminum radiator
Lokar throttle cable
Lunati Bracket Master II hydraulic cam
Moroso solid motor mounts
Spectre modular cold air intake with custom air box
Stainless steel valves
Summit high flow water pump
Summit 100 amp alternator
Summit transmission cooler
TCI Rattler harmonic balancer
World Sportsman II heads - 2.02/1.60
Zoops aluminum pulleys & brackets
MSD 6A Ignition Box
MSD 85501 Pro Billet distributor
MSD 8.5 spark plug wires
MSD 8981Programmable Timing Computer
MSD Blaster 2 coil
Optima RedTop battery
Flowmaster 2.5" American Thunder header-back exhaust
Patriot Clippster ceramic coated headers
PCS throttle position sensor
TCI transmission control unit
stock front disc brakes
10 bolt open rear with drum brakes
Pro-Touring F-Body Comp front lowering springs
Pro-Touring F-Body Comp rear lowering leaf springs
Rally Sport split bumper front end
front chin spoiler
stock 3 piece tall rear spoiler
Boss 338 rims (18x8 front and 18x9.5 rear)
Sumitomo HTR Z II tires (225/40/18 front and 285/35/18 rear)
4 point roll cage
column shift converted to console shift
custom dash with Autometer gauges
front leather seats from a 1997 Pontiac GTP
Came from the factory as a plain Jane Camaro with a 350 engine, column shift automatic tranny, front disc brakes and 10 bolt open rear.
Please see Specs section.
Future wish list:
carbon fiber front end
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