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Old 02-21-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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Guess I can post my 70 Camaro!

Hey guys,

Joined here after meeting some the folks at Coffee and Cars. For the last 3-4 years I've been trying to build a 70 Camaro as a track car, and I've gotten pretty far on it.



By far I mean I stripped it down and had a cage, and drivetrain that I need to mount. Also my shop is messy as hell in that picture, we were cleaning, don't judge me...

Got an opportunity to work at a pretty cool shop, some of you may have heard of it, so closed down my business and moved down to Houston to work at Hennessey. Ever since I was little I've wanted a 70 Camaro like Mr. Guts in Gumball Rally, so while looking for a couple of spare spoilers for a race car, I stumbled upon and bought Ronald Mc Donald's personal project.

It was a 70, no noteworthy rust, super straight, ran, drove, super slow, but it was a 70, split bumper Camaro, and dangit, it looks cool.





After eating a lot of McDoubles and McRibs, kinda got tired of ambitiously waiting on a weekend to paint it myself, so I dropped it at the local paint shop.





Turned out okay.

Finally got my wheels on it too. Took this before taking John Hennessey drifting in it.

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I've got a 383 LS1 and a blower on an engine stand, plan to swap that in it with a T-56 that I have from my old race car, deciding on 12 bolt or 9'', and my buddies at Oversteer Garage are going to help me get the suspension all sorted. We're probably going to widen the track an inch or two and put some small flares on it, and lower it a lot, and I'll have a pretty awesome car I can daily if I want to, and take to Texas World Speedway on the weekends or go drifting with.

The Jackstand Champ is probably going to get an iron block with some LS3 top end parts, and try to build it to be American Iron legal, and use it for some fun wheel to wheel, drifting, and autocross.

Anyways, those are my moneypits. Pretty thankful to have them, and as long as I don't have a wife or a girlfriend I'll keep chipping away at them, after that I'll probably be screwed.

Well, that's my little starter post for my Camaro thread, and my life story. I also like pizza.
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #2
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tits! Nice, love the color
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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so sweet!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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nice !!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:53 AM   #5
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Nice split bumper Camaro.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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Looks GREAT!!!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #7
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well we have a lot in common, split bumper Camaros and pizza kick azz.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:43 PM   #8
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That's a phenomenal 2ndgen! I want some drifting videos.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
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Very nice
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:04 PM   #10
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Very nice second gen!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #11
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Well...That thing is awesome.

No lie, I just spent 20 minutes on Hemmings looking at 70/71's because of you.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:05 PM   #12
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Haha, sorry ATX211. And thanks guys.

2010RSSS, it's a good lifestyle isn't it?!

I got some crappy videos here:

http://www.youtube.com/mikespeed95

Also if you wanna follow along my Camaro drifting stuff, click that link on the bottom of my sig. If you really want to check out some rad drifting, you NEED to go to Holley's LS Fest this year in Bowling Green Kentucky in September. It's truly a phenomenal, and fun event. The weather and that part of the country is absolutely beautiful, and there is a lot of fun to be had. And I'll be up there doing some drifting.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:43 AM   #13
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We got bored at TX2k and took some pictures with the Foose wheels off my old racecar on. If anyone is in Houston, my friend Ryan takes some awesome pics, and he is a huge gearhead and loves shooting cars. Drop him a line on his Facebook page. He just likes shooting stuff.

Next step is waiting on my friends at Oversteer Garage to get their CP car dialed in, then we're going to start playing with my setup over there. I've also still got my 700 horsepower engine stand hanging out at my shop, hopefully I'll have that in mid-late April.

Coming along.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:49 PM   #14
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Split Bumper 2nd gen... one of my favorites! AWESOME car.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:36 PM   #15
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nice car!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:14 AM   #16
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Finally took it to the track for fun. Went up to a pro-am in Oklahoma to help judge and it was super-fun. First event I've driven my own car by myself at since September 2007. Was a good time.

Loaded up at work on Thursday afternoon, and took my first day off in 7 months to drive 600 miles to Stroud, Oklahoma, which was a surprisingly cool little town.



Here's a video of our little course layout we made the day before.

Got some pictures too













Was a good time. Learned what needs to be upgraded on this platform, should work in a very simple fashion.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:55 AM   #17
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I LOVE that color. Amazing car!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:51 PM   #18
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:56 AM   #19
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Nice Camaro, but just wanted to clarify. That is not a true split bumper (ie an RS) car. If it was the parking lights would be between the grille and headlights. Not under the bumper like your is. Not hating on it I love it, but just had to correct that since it is pet peeve of mine. I'm kind of a purist.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:56 PM   #20
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Wow that's a gorgeous split bumper!
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:20 AM   #21
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We got bored at TX2k and took some pictures with the Foose wheels off my old racecar on. If anyone is in Houston, my friend Ryan takes some awesome pics, and he is a huge gearhead and loves shooting cars. Drop him a line on his Facebook page. He just likes shooting stuff.

Next step is waiting on my friends at Oversteer Garage to get their CP car dialed in, then we're going to start playing with my setup over there. I've also still got my 700 horsepower engine stand hanging out at my shop, hopefully I'll have that in mid-late April.

Coming along.
I'd keep it just the way it is if it were my car.Looks really good!!!I'd keep it as a show and go driver for the street,forget the whole track car thing.This camaro looks to nice to be a track car,why ruin it?MHO
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