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Bowtie Keepers. 850hp 1967 Camaro and 550hp 1965 El Camino

Down Under Dual

Bill Klein Apr 2, 2019
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George Yarinakis got “Tindered” when he purchased his 1967 Camaro online and had it shipped from Indy to his home in Melbourne, Australia. As he told us, “the photos looked better” and a full rebuild was in order.

The suspension was replaced front to back with a complete RideTech package that included spindles, coilovers, upper and lower StrongArms, MuscleBar, and four-link. Detroit Speed subframe connectors tie the front and rear substructures together. Detroit Speed mini-tubs were added to fit the American Racing 18x10 wheels wrapped in 305-wide Mickey Thompson rubber. Up front are American Racing 17x7 wheels wrapped in 225mm rubber. Wilwood binders at the corners are the speed scrubbers.

002 582ci BBC Dart Camaro Engine 2/3

The heart of the Camaro is a Dart Big M Sportsman big-block stretched to 582 cubic inches and pumping out 852 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. George relied on parts from MSD, Air Flow Research, Scat, Comp, FAST, and others to achieve those lofty power numbers. A Neal Racing Transmission Powerglide sends the power back to a 9-inch rearend stuffed with a Strange 3.90-geared, Truetrac diff, and Mark Williams axles.

After George’s old tow vehicle full-body upchucked its engine he found a nice 1965 El Camino to fill the tow and parts chaser roles for the Camaro. While the body and interior were in great condition and didn’t require any work, the drivetrain got a full makeover.

003 383ci SBC Dart El Camino Engine 3/3

Sticking with the Dart block theme, the El Camino got a Little M small-block punched out to 383 cubes. In and around the casing can be found parts from Air Flow Research, Scat, Edelbrock, Holley, and MSD. It all ads up to 555 horsepower. A Turbo 350 and 9-inch with 3.70 gears, Truetrac diff, and Mark Williams axles round out the running gear. Wilwood brakes ensure reliable stops time after time. Being that the Chevy ute is a factory A/C vehicle, a Vintage Air HVAC install is in the works to afford a touch of creature comfort.



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