Terrific TradeIt’s been over 20 years since Troy McClean traded his ’88 Mustang for this ’91 Z28. “I’ve owned it since I was 20 years old, and now in my mid-40s, I still get chills when I start it up,” shared Troy.
To increase performance, quite a few bolt-ons have taken up residence over that time. Upgrades include a set of Hooker headers, high-flow cats, Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust, a ported Holley throttle body, and a functional ram-air hood.
Cosmetic improvements include a leather interior out of a fourth-gen Camaro along with new carpet. American Racing wheels, all-new clear lighting, and stainless steel badging dress up the exterior.
Although his 9-year-old son Riley has been eying it quite heavily lately, Troy still has a few good years left of driving it himself before the keys get handed down.
“When I finally do pass the car over to my son, it will be one of the proudest moments of my life,” stated Troy.
Ex CruiserThis ’01 Z28 started out life as a North Carolina patrol car, but these days it spends its time putting a smile on Anthony Tompkins’ mug. The engine was upgraded with a 92mm FAST intake and throttle body, and for lower e.t.’s, Anthony strapped on a nitrous system. The engine’s internals are stock, but 1 7⁄8-inch long-tubes were added to cut down on restrictions and free up a few more ponies. Backing up the LS is a built TH350 trans, and soon the rearend will be upgraded to a 12-bolt with 4.11 gears. With a TCI line-lock, the Camaro has been in the low 7s (eighth-mile) on a 100-shot, and Anthony has plans of being in the 6s very soon.
American StyleAdam Martin was cruising along in a ’12 MazdaSpeed3 hatchback when he started getting the urge to drive something with more horsepower and guts. While visiting a Chevrolet dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas, a ZL1 Camaro caught his eye. Not long after, the Mazda was history and a new Camaro took up residence in his garage.
Adam got busy with numerous performance upgrades, which include a Phastek Z11 Supercharger, Lingenfelter CNC ported and polished heads, Lingenfelter G11 camshaft by COMP, Lingenfelter 2.55-inch press-on supercharger pulley, LS9 solid supercharger coupling, FAST injectors, Stainless Power 1 7⁄8-inch headers with 3-inch catted pipes, and much more.
A Pedders Suspension lowering kit, along with Stance SC5 wheels (20x10.5) on all four corners wrapped in Goodyear rubber set the exterior tone of the late-model beast. The APR carbon-fiber front splitter, Oracle SMD ghosted side marker kit, Rapid Fire LED taillights, and Showstopper ZL1 rock guards are the icing the proverbial cake.
Time CapsuleThere are many hard-core Camaro types who wouldn’t even consider driving an all-original, numbers-matching vintage Camaro for fear of devaluing the ride. South Carolina’s, Craig Stripling is not one of those guys. He shared with us his beautiful ’68 SS/RS that he proudly touts as a daily driver.
This head-turner has all the original parts including the 295hp 350, four-speed trans, factory wood steering wheel, deluxe seats, tilt steering, power steering, power brakes, and stock drivetrain.
“I’m the third owner, and although this classic Camaro is a time capsule, the only real modification is the cowl hood and Z/28 striping,” said Craig. “And I keep the original hood hanging on the wall of my garage/man cave.”
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