1968 Chevy Camaro Z/28 - Evade

One Ride In A '68 Z/28 Left A Lifelong Mark On A Young, Influential Hot Rodder.

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Putting together a trailer queen was out of the question, so Bill contacted Speedtech Performance for their complete front subframe kit loaded with rack-and-pinion steering, QA1 shocks, and 2-inch lowering springs. It's a performance suspension that plays perfectly into the g-Machine strategy. Add into the equation a Chris Alston Chassisworks Camaro g-Bar suspension kit armed with single adjustable VariShocks and a 2-inch lower ride height out back, and the recipe for insane handling is complete. The by-product of the improved handling suspension is a stance that lets it be known that this Camaro means business-on the track and elsewhere.

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With the car being built completely around the LS2 platform, Argue's work was cut out. The engine had to be stout, perform on long hauls, and look the part. Needless to say, the goal was set. Without a flinch, Argue assembled the mill with Stage 2 Livernois heads, 10.9:1 GM pistons, and a Livernios LS-Series Stage 2 cam consisting of an intake and exhaust lift of 0.595 with a duration of 232 degrees. A FAST 92mm intake increases airflow, while the FAST 44-pound injectors evenly distribute fuel fed by the Walbro GSS-340 fuel pump. The raucous ensemble exits through a set of 13/4-inch stainless steel coated headers, 3-inch crossover stainless steel tubes, and dual Turbo mufflers, all compliments of Stainlessworks. The end result is a fat 439 hp at 6,350 rpm and 400 lb-ft at 5,200.

A hot piece like this has to maintain its cool while looking cool, so a Performance Rod & Custom aluminum radiator sits up front sharing space with a custom Spectra air cleaner. A set of Katech valve covers and Detroit Speed closeout panel embellish the carbon-fiber theme that's tastefully broken up by a Synister Billet LS Series serpentine belt system, FAST red anodized fuel rails, and RingBrothers Raptor hood hinges-a successful collaboration between owner and builder.

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A Keisler-built Tremec TKO-600 five-speed transmission handles the twist, while a Strange Dana 60 stuffed with 3.73 cogs and a posi unit ensures equal distribution of power to the pavement.

As important as stance is to any hot rod, tires and wheels set the tone of a car's distinct personality. The folks at Boze Forged in Huntington Beach, California, know the drill and whittled up a set of their polished aluminum Pro Touring Mesh wheels. Up front, the 18-inch Boze hoops play home to the grippy BFGoodrich KDW, 245/40-18 rubber, while 19-inch Bozes happily accommodate the 275/35-19-inch BFGs out back. Wilwood Dynapro six-piston calipers and 12-inch rotors rest on all four corners. It's a frenzy of stopping power readily awaiting duty.

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C4 Corvette seats wrapped in Torch Red leather set the interior scene and work in conjunction with the contrasting GM Deluxe manufactured black leather and stainless steel mesh door panels and Flaming River steering wheel. Auto Meter Ultra-Lite Series gauges provide the engine's vital stats, and a Vintage Air A/C system keeps interior temps optimum. But it all heats up when Bill cranks his John Sanborn-installed sound system equipped with 1,200 watts of power and 10-inch enclosed sub ported through the rear deck. It's part of Argue's overall plan-one that's come together nicely.

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