We’ll make this one quick, ‘cuz, well that’s exactly what this tube-chassis’d 1964 Vette of DK Camaros is: Fast!
Besides its lightweight and nimble obviousness, what sets this purpose-built (by Cale Kern Hot Rods) racer apart from the rest lies beneath the pinned hood: a Johnson Racing-built and prepped RHS LS-based powerplant. And when we say Johnson, we’re referring to “the” Johnson family of NHRA fame: Warren and Kurt. That said, you can bet the V-8 means business … serious business.
As mentioned, the engine’s based on an RHS block, which has been precision-fitted with a Lunati/Wiseco rotating assembly and a COMP cam and valvetrain with Mast aluminum heads. Induction-wise it features a FAST LSXR 102mm intake system with a Holley EFI controller. To keep all of the internal parts happy there’s a Dailey dry-sump system for oiling and a Meziere water pump and Howe radiator to keep it cool. Behind that is not your typical modern electronic overdrive or even a multi-geared manual box—rather, a tried-and-true Gearstar Turbo 400, one that has had its tailshaft swapped out for a Gear Vendors under/overdrive gear-splitter (ultimately making it a six-speed). DK Camaros neglected to list the actual performance numbers, but just knowing “The Professor” and his crew had a hand in the engine portion, it’s a safe bet those numbers are not in the low range, whatsoever. We’ve heard the car in action and it just sounds pissed off.
The ’64 coupe body—massaged and prepped during its three-month build stay at Cale Kern’s and painted by Chad Wells—sets atop a Cale Kern and Howe Racing chromoly tube chassis with integrated rollcage. The suspension is based upon Howe Racing components matched with billet coilovers and Wilwood discs semi-concealed by Boze 18-inch Boosts wrapped in Falken Azenis 315/30 race hides. Yep, massive 315mm rubber on all four corners! The cockpit—which the interior is, a race cockpit—features a pair of Kirkey aluminum buckets with five-point Simpson harnesses, custom Dakota Digital instrumentation, Howe quick-release wheel, and a B&M-Hurst shifter.
With its head-to-toe stickering atop Wells’ satin silver and charcoal PPG paintwork, it’s kind of hard to place this Vette as anything other than what it was built for: speed, and plenty of it. It’s run at driving competitions all over the county, and took the Grand Champion award at 2014 Holley’s LS Fest event.