The internet can be a great place for enthusiasts to connect, share their rides, and learn how to wrench on them. It can also be the best motivation to build the ride you never knew you wanted. This was true for Rich Barbara of Oakland, New Jersey, who was scouring a website called Lateral-g.net and was bit by the modding bug when he saw two LS-powered '69 Camaros - Scott Gulbranson had an LS7 and Charley Lillard's powered by an LS9.
"It all started with having sheet-metal done by Mike Riggs of Mike's Custom Cars in York, South Carolina. Every piece of sheet-metal is brand-new. An insane amount of metal work went into the building of the car, and we only retained the A and B pillars," Rich told us.
Almost immediately, an LS7 for Rich's own '69 was on order and an hour after its arrival, the engine was being torn down to install a Katech Torquer cam, springs, and titanium retainers in Rich's modest one-car garage. The stock throttle body has been replaced by a Nick Williams 102mm and the intake has been replaced with a FAST LSXR. Detroit Speed and Engineering prepared stainless steel headers to match a full Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust system, and Wilwood brakes all around make sure that the Camaro stops as fast as it accelerates.
Setting a goal of 500-rear-wheel horsepower that could handle better than a modern ZL1, Rich turned to Detroit Speed and Engineering for a full hydroformed subframe, Quadralink, subframe connectors, and mini-tubs along with a host of other goodies.
The cockpit is all new and features Recaro Speed S black leather front seats surrounded by green tinted glass from Auto City Glass.
You can see and read more about Rich's '69 in an upcoming issue of Super Chevy so stay tuned!