Chevrolet had a pretty cool variety of colors during the muscle car era, but some of them weren’t considered cool when the cars were fresh off the showroom floor. We have come to appreciate some of the lesser-loved colors, such as Autumn Gold, which is the color of choice on this killer 1970 Camaro owned by David and Pam Kountz from Theodore, Alabama. If it were black, red, blue, or white it might just blend into the sea of Pro Touring Camaros on the scene, but the gold hue offers a subtle reminder that thinking outside the box can create an eye-catching Chevy.
David and Pam own and operate Metal Brothers Hot Rods, a shop that offers complete custom car builds, such as this Camaro, named Gold Rush. The shop completed the car in early 2015, rounding out a two-year build that has countless details and plenty of functionality to back up the good looks.
The build began with a rust-free California car, which started life as a Super Sport with a big-block under the hood. The car was in good shape so the original parts went in the swap meet pile and Metal Brothers Hot Rods ordered a truckload of new goodies to bring this second-gen Camaro into the modern era. The idea was to build a car that would handle whatever was thrown at it and have some fun at the autocross. And thus, Gold Rush was born.
With that in mind, the stock front and rear suspension was replaced with Detroit Speed Inc. suspension on both ends. Coilovers on all four corners offer adjustability to dial in the weight transfer and ride height, while tubular components shed weight and add strength to the suspension. Big Wilwood brakes are tucked in behind a set of Fikse wheels and get juice from a boosted Wilwood aluminum master cylinder. Chassis modifications include subframe connectors, mini-tubs, and a rollcage; all installed by Metal Brothers Hot Rods.
Under the hood is a Mast Motorsports-equipped LS7 engine, which cranks out plenty of power thanks to CNC-ported cylinder heads, aggressive camshaft profiles, and big-time airflow through the FAST intake manifold. The guys at Professional Engine rebuilt the 427ci LS-based engine with lots of horsepower and reliability in mind. The LS7 breathes through Detroit Speed headers, which lead to a 3-inch exhaust system built by Metal Brothers Hot Rods. A PRC aluminum radiator, accompanied by SPAL electric fans, handles engine cooling. Underhood aesthetics are spot on, with the perfect mix of colors, textures, and go-fast goodies. Add to that a collection of trick components from Ringbrothers and you have a very attractive engine bay with a 673-horsepower focal point.
The Gold Rush Camaro gets its name from the original Autumn Gold color, which is a subtle hue that looks right at home on this second-gen Camaro platform. Metal Brothers Hot Rods handled all of the bodywork and paint prep, and worked a few tasteful and functional body modifications into the mix. Up front, you may notice the punched holes in the front valance, which offers fresh air to the air filter. All trim, including window moldings, bumpers, and door handles were treated to a satin-black finish to express a contrasting color and texture. A single satin-black stripe was added to the hood and decklid, and “Dun by Don” laid down the Butter Nut Yellow pinstripes around the satin stripes.
Inside, you’ll find more modern styling with tasteful details throughout. It features stock door panels, Scat Procar bucket seats, and a modified console. A rollcage and Sparco six-point harnesses introduce additional safety on the autocross, while David grips a Billet Specialties steering wheel and the billet aluminum knob atop the Bowler Performance shifter. Nu-Relics power windows replace the original motors, while Vintage Air heat and A/C, and a custom Nakamichi audio system add creature comforts to this very capable performer. An American Autowire harness powers the engine and all of the accessories.
It’s clear that David’s passion to build high-end muscle cars and hot rods is strong, and he has the horsepower to get the job done. David said that if it weren’t for folks like Adam Smith, Michael Dupuy, Paul Gleber, and Keith Payne, the car wouldn’t be where it is today. Now that the Camaro is on the road it’s time to put it to the test and enjoy a practical, fast, and good-looking car.
|Owner:||David and Pam Kountz, Theodore, Alabama|
|Vehicle:||1970 Camaro SS|
|Cylinder Heads:||Mast Motorsports CNC-ported|
|Rotating Assembly:||Lunati crank, titanium rods, JE pistons|
|Valvetrain:||Comp valvesprings, Manley pushrods, T&D rocker arms|
|Camshaft:||Mast Motorsports custom-grind hydraulic roller|
|Induction:||FAST LSXR 102mm intake, custom intake piping|
|Ignition:||Stock GM coil packs|
|Exhaust:||Detroit Speed Inc. stainless steel headers, 3-inch piping, Borla mufflers|
|Output (at the wheels):||673 horsepower|
|Transmission:||Bowler Performance T-56 six-speed manual, Spec clutch|
|Rear Axle:||Currie 9-inch with 35-spline axles, Truetrac differential, 3.89:1 gears|
|Steering:||Detroit Speed Inc. rack-and-pinion|
|Front Suspension:||Detroit Speed Inc. hydroformed subframe, tubular control arms, splined sway bar, coilovers|
|Rear Suspension:||Detroit Speed Inc. QUADRALink, sway bar, coilovers|
|Brakes:||Wilwood 14-inch rotors, six-piston calipers front; 13-inch rotors, six-piston calip|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:||Fikse Profil 5S 18x10 front, 18x12 rear|
|Tires:||BFGoodrich KDW 295/35 front, 335/30 rear|
|Upholsterer:||Metal Brothers Hot Rods|
|Steering Wheel:||Billet Specialties|
|Carpet:||Stock replacement, black|
|Paint/Bodywork:||PPG Autumn Gold, Metal Brothers Hot Rods (Theodore, AL)|