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Readers’ Rides - July 2013

Aug 28, 2013
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The only thing better than being a high school student with a V-8 Camaro is being one who got the ride for free. As Casey Marsh explained, “The '97 was given to me by a friend of my uncle when it developed a knock in the engine he didn't want to deal with. This was the summer before my senior year of high school and my uncle and I went to work on it in his garage. We spent a ton of time on the car and discovered the engine was full of metal shavings and was pretty much toast.”

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Casey ordered up a rebuilt 350ci LT1, and before long the Camaro was back on the road and rumbling through the school parking lot. “Before this, I had never worked on a car; however, my uncle had taught me more than I thought I would ever know about cars during this project. Also, this car was the first manual transmission car I'd ever driven; it was an awesome experience learning to drive a stick on this beast,” recalled Casey.

All we know is that we wish our high school ride was this cool.

The Right Driver
Sydney, Australia's Johnny Strano has one sweet numbers-matching '68 SS Camaro. The right-hand-drive F-bod still runs its original two-bolt main 396, but it's been massaged by Hercules Competition Engines to churn out 543 hp at 6,300 rpm. The big-block is topped with a Wieand intake, 750-cfm Profuel carb, and a pair of worked-over AFR aluminum heads. The speed parts work together to sling the 3,564-pound SS though the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at 118 mph. Backing up the original engine is the rebuilt original TH400, and the rear is filled with 3.93 gears.

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Camaro Couple
If a couple that plays together, stays together, then Charlie and Judy Jeffries of Covington, Virginia, should have a long and happy marriage. You see, each of them owns and drives a very clean '77 Camaro. Charlie's was bought in 1978 from the original owner and worked over to be a factory-appearing sleeper. It fields a 400hp 383 stroker mated to a TCI Streetfighter transmission.

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Judy's '77 was snatched up in 2005. It was originally an orange sport coupe but was totally reworked in 2008. It was painted '02 BMW Yellow and given Z28-style painted-on striping. Under the hood is a numbers-matching 305 with a hotter cam and an Edelbrock intake. Backing up the 305 is a B&M filled TH350.

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New Cool
One thing about fifth-gen owners is they're completely unafraid of modding their cars to squeeze out more performance. Statesville, North Carolina's Scott Stewart is no exception. His '10, which he nicknamed Grim Reaper, has been fitted with Doug Thorley long-tubes, a full Kooks cat-back exhaust, and an Injen cold-air intake. He's also upgraded the Camaro in the looks department with a set of TSW wheels and custom graphics. Good job on making a great car even better!

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Tony Sanchez has been working overtime to get his '91 RS “just right.” The 305 was converted to a TPI and is backed up by an upgraded five-speed manual transmission, and 4.10 gears in the rearend to help get the Camaro out of the hole better. The chromed IROC wheels add a bit of style. The interior was upgraded with seats from a '94 Camaro, leather IROC wheel, and white-faced gauges. Summit Racing lowering springs help nail the stance while a Flowmaster exhaust system belts out glorious petrol-fed tunes. To help carve the corners, Tony upgraded the suspension with a host of parts from UMI.

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