Originally Posted by mws444
Since everyone but Speed is still waiting for their new and improved Lingerized Camaros I thought we could collect a few of our thoughts on why we do what we do to our Camaros.
To all of my fellow LPE Camaro brothers: What made you take a brand new high performance car, and the Camaro ranks pretty high performance wise completely stock and spend a small fortune to Lingerize it? Since I am asking I guess I should go first.
I have had a love affair with Camaros since I was 15 and a buddy and his dad tricked out a ’67 Camaro. We had a lot of fun in that car and my Father would never have gone for such a thing. I always told myself that one of these days I would have one of my own. Well about 17 years later I took the plunge and bought a ’69 SS350 convertible and have been working on it on and off for about 7 years. I could go on for hours about what I have done to her, but it suffices to say I don’t lack much to finish her in my eyes. Time is scarce nowadays and I may just pay someone to finish her up.
When the new Camaro design first hit I was fascinated. Man here was a brand new, high tech modern ’69 Camaro, but as things progressed I learned it is much more. They combined just enough of the old styling hints to give her a retro look but the feel is all new. I learned just how good this feel was when I got my hands on my own 2010 ride. The ride quality was awesome and the handling was amazing for a domestic car. The only thing that took some getting used to was the interior, very minimal and a little too high tech for my taste, but have grown to like it. It just works and fits the car much better after you use it a while.
The performance is really good for a modern street car, there where trade offs for the sake of drivability and fuel economy. I just felt like a car with 426 horses under should feel faster, a result of the gearing for the sake of fuel economy and drivability. I can remember the head snapping acceleration of my buddies ’67, but I also remember him staying off the freeway because it was turning 4500 rpms at 60 mph. So the trick for me was to find a way to get that fast feel without giving up reliability or drivability. I have always heard of the phenomenal work at LPE from their work on the Corvette, and stumbled across their work on the new LS3 G8’s. When they started talking about doing the Camaro’s I didn’t hesitate on contacting them to do my car.
Now I won’t sit here and tell everyone that ego is not in play here, I have always wanted that bad ass car everyone else wants. However, this is mostly about what I want in a car now that I can afford it. Truth is I still have enough of the 18 year old kid in me that wants to go fast and look cool. I think I heard Jay Leno talk about how nothing keeps us young like a good burnout.
How true is that?
Who is next?
I pretty much started out life with Camaros, my parents brought me home in Dad's 2 year old Black with white striped 68 Z/28. I think that got the bug in me pretty early since I can pretty much remember riding around in that car, even got my finger slammed in the driver's side door since I couldn't keep away from it.
Anyways don't know if there's much in imprinting at that young an age, but Dad sold it when I was about 9 or 10 since gas was too expensive and the car too impractical for the growing family(sucks to have to grow up don't it?). That didn't keep Dad from always messing with cars and so I spent most of my teenage years wrenching on cars and working on their bodies and was lucky enough at the age of 15 to find a 68 327 powerglide convertible for 145 bucks(sure miss the days of finding em that cheap) and the rest was history in terms of the terrible Camaro virus that consumed me.
I went on to work as a mechanic and autobody man for years and the 68 went through many transformations and most recently the 68 has become a 6 speed LT4, fuel injected project that will someday be back on the road when I can get it down to Fl from NY. I have a 69 SS/RS that I also got for a steal that is also a grey primered project.
Now on 2 the 2010 and LPE- the one thing I could never get over in all the years of hot rodding is how much more bang for the buck and gas mileage you could get out of a well built and tuned fuel injected engine. The 69's a pig on gas and you could literally watch the fuel gauge move as you drive and thus the reason for the LT4 in the 68- once I got to driving and modifying an LT4 in my 93 vette I was converted. The itch to modify the new one was almost immediate, actually before I even had the car delivered. I was working on what and how I would do it and then reality set in- 2 classic projects that I don't have enough time to finish with work and family always a priority and Lingenfelter just a phone call away. Their reputation has always been great, Tim over there's been great, and most of all, even though they've had the car for alittle more than 2 months, the reality is if I tackled it all as I have in the past, the car would probably have taken me longer and just have been a base type maggie install.
I no longer work as a mechanic and autobody man, but once a gear head, always a gear head, no matter what field you end up in...