Keller, Texas Camaro enthusiasts Bob and Patty Canterbury purchased their '73 Camaro Z-28 back in 1981 for the princely sum of $700. It was an original one-owner (blue) car found in Fort Meyers, Florida, and was garage-stored for 15 years while they raised sons, James, Chris, and Trent. Then, just about the time they were ready to start the project, Bob was transferred from Florida to Texas.
Upon their arrival in Texas, the family stayed with Bob's brother, Jim. After a couple of weeks in the driveway, Jim began to complain that the Camaro was an "eyesore." As soon as they could, the Canterburys settled into their new home and the '73s "restification" began in earnest. "I just love these Second-Generation Camaros," says Bob. "I wanted to keep the interior and exterior as original-looking as possible." However, Bob and Patty did decide to upgrade the '73's powertrain "just a little bit!" The Canterburys commissioned Boudreaux's Rod & Custom to install a 2x4-inch box tubular rear subframe, to which they mounted a Boudreaux's Hot Rods/Competition Engineering coil-over-four-link rear suspension and a narrowed 4.11:1-geared GM 12-bolt Posi-Traction rearend with a set of 11-inch Camaro drum brakes.
Up front, you'll find PST "Ground Zero" front suspension, which includes a set of 2-inch-dropped PST front spindles, PST independent A-arms working with Competition Engineering front shock absorbers, Wagner Graphite-equipped GM power front disc brakes, and GM power steering.
Wheels and tires come in a set of 17x8-inch front, and 18x10-inch rear American Billets wrapped with P245/45ZR17 front, and P255/45ZR18-inch rear Nitto Extreme NTSSS radial rubber.
"I always wondered why GM never built a big-block Z-28, so I went out, and built one of my own." And not just any old GM big-block. How about this Anderson Engines-prepared 468-cid '72 vintage rat? Canterbury's "Z-28 big-block" features a 468-cid SCAT Engine Stroker Kit with SCAT crank, TRW connecting rods, and 10.1 compression Seal Power-equipped, TRW forged-aluminum pistons. Other items include a Lunati cam with Crane Cams hydraulic valvetrain hardware, Edelbrock water pump, Be Cool engine cooler, and Power Master alternator. Bolted up top is a set of Anderson Engines big-block Chevrolet heads outfitted with Manley stainless-steel intake and exhaust valves, Manley Performance valve springs and Manley retainers, and Crower rocker arms protected by a set of chrome-plated big-block GM Performance Parts valve covers. Sitting in between is an Edelbrock Performer RPM 4V aluminum intake, equipped with a NOS two-stage wet nitrous oxide system (using twin Holley fuel pumps) and K&N covered 850-cfm, Barry Grant Street Demon carburetor. The ignition system on Bob & Patty's '73 is an MSD Pro Billet/MSD 6AL setup firing a set of Champion Spark Plugs through Taylor wires. The exhaust comes from the Hooker Headers and Custom Twister companies.
Backing this potent combination is a Scotty's Transmissions-prepared TH-400 using a B&M 3500 stall-speed torque converter and shift kit, hooked up to a Ft. Worth Gear & Axle 52-inch custom driveshaft.
Beaudreaux's Rod & Custom also handled the paint & bodywork on the '73, which included the installation of a Goodmark Industries 4-inch cowl-induction hood. Then the car was sprayed in a custom PPG orange mix highlighted by the factory black Z-28 hood stripes.
On the inside, the '73 is equipped with all new PPG tinted window glass, Auto Meter instrumentation, a Hurst Quick Silver shifter, and black tweed-trimmed factory seats using a New Classic Chevy upholstery kit. Also along for the ride is an ididit six-way-tilt steering column, and Custom Auto Sound audio system.Bob and Patty's "eyesore-no-more" was completed just in time to participate in 2004's Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise. The Canterbury's have christened their big-block '73-Z "Orange Rush," for obvious reasons.