|The car's history -||
Where do I start?...Back in 1987, when I started looking for a car to purchase that would suite my recreational needs, obviously I wanted to make the right choice. I decided that the only way to do this was to sit down and list all the things I would want in the car and more importantly, decide whether or not I cared if the car already had them or whether it was important to me that I put it all together and not just buy some one else's creation. This would really dictate the budget that would be allocated to the purchase of the car.
I decided that what I wanted was something that I could put my own touches on, something that would be relatively inexpensive to purchase (believe it or not, at the time they weren't that bad!!), something that I would be able to find parts for and something that would be flexible enough that I could swap motors from small to big block relatively cheaply and easily if I wanted too. My search for the car did not last very long, after seeing it in the local Auto Trader magazine, I've always had a thing for early Camaro's.
I contacted the owner and looked at it twice before making the offer that finally led to my purchase of the car.
After purchasing the car, I pulled out the really tired 327 and replaced it with my not so tired Beatty & Woods preped 355. The motor was not an all out killer, but it had a little power and was very streetable. I also removed the old worn out 4 speed transmission and replaced it with a fully manual turbo 350 and a 3000 rpm stall converter. The car had a 12 bolt posi rear with 4:11 gears and that was good enough for me. Along with those changes, I put my Weld Racing wheels on it, (I still have the rally wheels that came with the car when I purchased it). The picture to the right here was taken that summer, after I had finished putting my own touches on the car.
In the fall of 1990, I replaced the top end of the motor with cast iron chevrolet bow tie heads, an edelbrock victor junior intake and a general kinetics solid lifter cam shaft.
Throughout this time, every once in a while, I would take the car down to the track and have a blast. Here I am doing a burnout...
Over the next 9 years, my life was pretty busy, with getting married, buying a home and starting a family...but the car was always a part of it, here is our engagement picture...
The car stayed pretty much the same during that time and then I got the bug in the spring of 1999 to do the body and paint. Not quite a frame off restoration, but pretty close. My good friend Al Buccela did all the body work. He started by taking apart the complete front clip after stripping the car down to bare metal.
Al really knows his stuff. He takes alot of pride in the job he does for his customers and from the results of his work, you can really appreciate his abilities. Alot more folks are heading to his shop in Maple to have him do his thing on their rides..here are some pictures ... they say it all:
This shot shows the rear right side quarter panel stripped down to bare metal. I can't say enough about the way this guy does work on a muscle car!! Check it out....
I new the car was not a real Z/28 (It had Z emblems on it when I bought the car), but it had an SS hood, a 12 bolt posi rear end and that made me think it was an SS/RS car, so I bought all the badging and had Al put everything on the car. Only after the car was finished, I wrote to GM and had them do a search on the VIN number of the car...and I found out that it was not an SS/RS car at all, it is a factory RS car..Oh well, I decided to leave it as is until I do the body and paint again, then I will change the badging to RS only. Besides, I'm not trying to pass it off or sell it or anything like that.
Then in the spring of 2002, a new motor was built for it, a 383 stroker chevy with a hydrolic roller cam shaft, a victor junior intake and cast iron chevy bow tie heads. The transmission was also freshened up.
We participate in the Ontario Street Car Association heads up drag racing series running in the 12.0 index class category. If you want to have a blast, come on out to the track and watch some real nice cars burn up the quarter mile, the OSCA has 9 fantastic heads up classes, ranging from the more streetable index classes to the downright nasty doorslammers that run low 7 second et's!
If you do come to the track, don't be shy, come on over to my pit area and say hi! Take care and hope you enjoy the site!