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1967 Chevrolet Camaro - Tore Up From The Floor Up

Owner Tim Brown Went the Distance with His '67

By Mike Harrington

It has been said that we're all born equal. While theoretically that may be true, we don't all stay equal for very long. For instance, in high school, many of us took part-time jobs flipping burgers, cooking fries, and popping pimples. Some guys, however, decided that wasn't what they wanted, and instead became skilled body men and painters working at auto shops while only in their teen years. That's just the kind of person that Tim Brown is, the kind who takes it up a notch. Tim and his wife Debbie have always had a soft spot for the '67 Camaro. Indeed, when they were first married in 1984, they nearly purchased a '67 Camaro project car, but family economics and sensibility stepped in, and that dream was put on hold. Finally, to celebrate their 20th anniversary, they purchased their long-awaited, prized Camaro.

However, the car prior to their purchase had been torn up from the floor up, and totally in pieces. Luckily for the Brown family, every nut and bolt was labeled and boxed. For a guy like Tim, who cut his teeth working on cars, it was no problem connecting the dots and putting the car back together again. With good friends like Bo Allen, Matthew Akins, and Tim's 13-year-old son, TJ, all the help a guy could want was in the bag.

Right away Tim's team went to work massaging the body. Sparks were flyin' and rust was dyin', and soon there was not a ripple left in the body. All along, the vision for this Camaro was to have a nice Saturday night cruiser. However, with the amount of automotive fixer-upper TV shows, a new vision was soon revealing itself to Tim and his team of workers. Why settle for just a nice car, when you can have one that's amazing?

It was then that Tim chose DuPont's Chromabase Hot Lava to really show off the lines of this Camaro. The car still retains all the important 1967 styling with just the right mix of advanced modern technology to give it an edge that it never had before.

The old 327 was exchanged for an updated GM ZZ4 350 crate engine. A Vintage Air system was next up on the list, along with a Billet Specialties air cleaner, a valve cover, breathers, a Tru-Trac serpentine system, and a K&N filter. The front suspension is handled by Baer brakes, QA1 shocks, and Detroit Speed springs. Tim and his crew also smoothed out the entire frame, and then powdercoated it. The Camaro now sits 2 inches lower than it used to. For the inside, Rick's First Generation supplied Tim with all he needed for the office interior. Instead of using stock-styled gauges, Tim opted for an updated and more reliable Auto Meter Ultra Light gauges.

It's obvious that Tim's prior skills were put to excellent use, and with the help of family and friends, they came up with their version of the ultimate street machine.

By Mike Harrington
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