1971 Chevy Camaro - Camaro Of The Future: 1971

Jesse And Jeff Greening Peel Off From The Street Rod World To Build An Award-Winning Second-Gen.

Mike Bumbeck Oct 8, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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The LS1 is bolted up to a GM T56 six-speed with an ACT clutch managing the power shifts. A GM 12-bolt limited slip rearend holds the 4:11 gearset. The stance of the car is not just for show. Detroit Speed, Inc. A-arms and a full Quadra-Link rear suspension work with a set of their solid body mounts and frame connectors. On this foundation is a set of Belltech 1-inch drop spindles. The car sits on Eaton springs, and Bilstien adjustable dampers keep bounce out of the handling equation. Putting the whoa on modern horsepower and suspension is a set of Baer 14.25-inch rotors. The wheels are a prototype design for a future line of Greening Auto Wheels, and are shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 shoes.

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A recent two-hour trip from Greening Auto Company world headquarters in Cullman, Alabama, to Nashville, Tennessee, returned a two-way average of 22 miles per gallon at highway speeds. At 70 mph, the LS mill is loafing around at 1,900 rpm. The six-speed overdrive transmission allows for frenetic gear gnashing action during an autocross event, and a relaxed drive back home after running the cones. Your mileage may vary, especially when stabbbing the throttle around an autocross or gymkhana course, or running flat out down the back stretch at your local road course.

The interior holds onto the Grand Turismo spirit of 1971, but jettisons budget plastics in favor of old-school craftsmanship and quality materials. The Greening Auto Company crew made a mold off what was left of the crusty relic of the original dash for a smooth new start. Paul Atkins is the hands behind the scenes in the interior fabrication, with a Grant steering wheel and B&M shifter taking care of car control beyond the cockpit. Classic Instruments gauges take the guesswork out of what's going on under the hood and out on the road.

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Outside, the car says second-gen Camaro with authority through a layer of Glasurit Black. The unique underhood treatment is a metallic charcoal basecoat color with a satin clearcoat. The original Endura nose was done over in sheet metal after Jesse and his Dad figured out it would take about the same amount of man-hours to fix the plastic as it would to shape a new nose cone out of good old steel. The steel would also stay in one shape when finished. The shop made a mold of the metal Endura and now boasts a fiberglass replica nosecone for those who like driving more than English wheels and hammer forming.

The Camaro of the Future 1971 is a living concept of what GM might have built if the company had held onto the second-gen as the platform for a few more generations. Rather than just ponder of what might have happened, or who's fault it was that it didn't, Jesse built his dreams and concepts into a rolling reality that ended up far more fun then the average show car or street rod. He gets out and drives the dream every chance he gets.

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