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Readers’ Rides - January 2014

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Blown Away

Louis Albano picked up this 1973 back in 1986 and has been constantly upgrading it ever since. And being the Camaro is a real-deal Z28, the numbers-matching drivetrain was carefully removed and put in storage back in 1992 when Louis decided on big-block power. Painted in an 1988 GM Garnet Red with pearl-white stripes, the Camaro fields an LS6 454 big-block that was custom-built by PCHS Racing Engines. The 454 features JE blower pistons, Eagle rods, and a Jesel beltdrive. Topping off the engine is a Weiand 8-71 blower with twin carbs. An MSD ignition system lights the fire while custom 2 3⁄8-inch stainless headers feed into a massive 4-inch exhaust system. Backing this up is a TH400 trans with a 10-inch, 4,500-stall converter. The suspension is all GM with the exception of QA1 coilover shocks.


Budget Built

Being a full-time college student, Scott Young managed to put aside his studies in small increments in order to gradually fix up his 1984 Berlinetta. Fortunately, he's had help from his dad, Glenn, and the pair have been wrenching on the Camaro for the last five years.

"My passion for muscle cars, and more specifically, Camaros, started when I was younger hearing the stories told by my father about his 1967 Camaro RS/SS," remarked Scott. When Scott was on the hunt for a Camaro, he kept spying this 1984, but the lady who owned it didn't want to sell. Well, he was persistent and eventually bought the car for $800 back in 2007.

Scott told us, "At the time of purchase, the car had a 2.8L V-6 with a 200-4R transmission and 3.23 gears. It had a beige interior, bald tires, and very little body damage. Today, the car has a worked-over small-block 350 with ported and polished aluminum heads, Hooker headers, and a Holley 650 carb. The transmission has been upgraded to a 700-R4, and the rearend will be upgraded soon to a 3.73 posi. Besides the engine upgrade, I have also installed a black interior, subframe connectors, fourth-gen Camaro front and rear seats, 1991 Camaro ground effects, and have rewired the entire car from nose to tail."

The car was recently painted and is just about to the "daily driver" state. The project was a challenge, but that was just part of the fun, and Scott can't wait to hit the road this spring.



For many years Canada's Lance Lafonde had a big problem: he owned Mustangs. But recently the clouds parted, angels sang, and Lance saw the proverbial light, which shown down a super-clean 1995 Camaro. It's a base model, but Lance was smitten by the F-body upgrade bug. He's in the planning stages of an LS engine swap and working over the suspension as well. But for now he's just enjoying the ride until the snow starts to fall and the Camaro gets put away for the winter.


First Timer

Douglas Dove has spent five long years getting his 1969 RS to its current pristine state. Over that time, he completely rebuilt the Camaro from the ground up. About the only thing he didn't do was lay down the paint, but he did help prep the body. Under the hood is an LS1 with Hooker headers backed up by a massaged 4L60E transmission out of an 2004 GTO. QA1 coilovers help nail the stance while a Moser 10-bolt gets all the power to the ground. The interior is covered in black leather and was fitted with a killer sound system. Because Douglas did all—well, nearly all—the work himself, it made it all the more rewarding.


Sneak Back

So when does an 2011 SS Camaro equal a new toilet paper holder? Well, it doesn't unless your name is Bob Cavanaugh. As the story goes, Bob and his wife were shopping at Home Depot when she snuck a new paper holder into the basket. Bob didn't think they needed one, but his wife insisted. Flummoxed, Bob retorted that if she got that then he would go buy a new Camaro. Well, his wife called his bluff by proclaiming "Fine, do what you want." Two weeks later Bob floored his wife by coming home with a brand-new 2011 2SS/RS Camaro. We can only imagine that things were a bit frosty around the Cavanaugh household for a while, but according to Bob it was well worth it. Since rolling the Camaro home, he's added a host of aesthetic upgrades including GM ground effects and Foose wheels. Performance-wise, he slid in a bigger camshaft, added Dynatech 1 7⁄8 long-tube headers, tweaked the air induction, and added stronger DSS axles. That's enough goodies to lay down 453 rwhp on a Mustang chassis dyno. And as of now, his wife has no plans to further upgrade the toilet paper holder that started it all.


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