Most import guys have already traded in their Hondas and baggy pants for PlayStation 3s and vintage Pokemon cards, but fear not, their influence lives on in the custom truck scene. While both camps hail from vastly different sectors of the enthusiast circle, the passion with which they scrape body panels on pavement and marvel in repugnant paint schemes is remarkably similar. More traditional hot rodders have always wondered if it's even possible to cure their aversion for wheel gap and acceleration with a good ol' dose of horsepower. As custom truck builder Cory Scott will attest, it turns out you can do just that. All it takes is a hot motor wrapped in voluptuous sheetmetal; a formula that's executed perfectly by the fifth-gen Camaro.
Although Cory's a Chevy guy to the core, he's dedicated most of his life to building custom trucks. The son of an avid drag racer and mechanic, he learned how to turn wrenches at an early age. His natural mechanical talents led to a gig working at a hot rod shop after high school, where he perfected the art of metal fabrication, custom bodywork, and high-end painting. Granted that Cory grew up around muscle cars-and he worked on street rods for a living-but he couldn't shake the truck fix. Over the years, he's built several vintage C10 pickups, an '81 K5 Blazer, and a couple of late-model Silverados. Eventually, his obsession for trucks prevailed, and he ventured out on his own to start Kustom Werx Auto Body (www.kustomwerxautobody.com) in Conroe, Texas. Naturally, his specialty is building custom trucks, and his creations have been featured in dozens of magazine stories in recognition of his fine work.
Bed-less transportation just seemed so uninterestingly ordinary to Cory until he caught a glimpse of the fifth-gen Camaro concept car. "When I first saw the new Camaro at the 2006 SEMA show, I knew that I had to get one. Having been around trucks my entire life, I've never really had a fast car before, and I was itching to get my first taste of some real power," he admits. "When GM announced that they were bringing the Camaro back into production, I sold two of my show trucks to come up with the money to buy one. I placed my order for an Inferno Orange 2010 Chevy Camaro SS the first day they went on sale. Even though I've never been into cars, I absolutely love the new Camaro."
Considering he's a customizer by trade, it's not surprising that Cory started fiddling with his new toy the first day he owned it. Fortunately, unlike many custom truck builders, he prefers the subtle and tasteful over the garish and ostentatious. "I like to add simple touches here and there that aren't immediately noticeable individually, but add to the overall sophistication as a whole. To clean up the engine bay, I added metal covers over the fuse box, ABS module and master cylinder reservoir, and painted them orange along with the engine cover for a nice monochromatic look," he explains. Likewise, Cory installed a factory GM ground effects kit, but instead of leaving it gray, it was sprayed in orange along with the Bow Tie emblems and brake calipers. To add some contrast, Cory painted the chrome Camaro emblems and taillight bezels black. Finishing off the visual transformation are Detroit Speed and Engineering 1.5-inch lowering springs, and a set of custom one-off Intro wheels measuring a mammoth 22 inches in diameter. Cory digs the overall visual pop, for now, but as fond as he is of the factory paint, he plans on spraying the car in '69 Camaro Hugger Orange.
Another welcome deviation from the standard sport truck creed is a motor that isn't stock. While the LS3's 426 hp kicked out far more giddy-up than Cory was accustomed to in factory trim, he stabbed a Fastlane 232/236-at-0.050 hydraulic roller into the short-block with just 750 miles on the odometer. It was matched up with a set of Kooks 1.75-inch long-tube headers, dual 3-inch MagnaFlow mufflers, and a cold-air induction system and PCM tuning from Fastlane, Inc. With a combo that's conceivably putting out in excess of 500 hp, Cory doesn't regret crossing over to the bed-less scene one bit.
Perhaps it's because drag racing is in his family bloodline, but Cory's having a hard time satisfying his new craving for horsepower. "Compared to the trucks I'm used to driving, this car really hauls. I'm having so much fun with it that I'll probably strap on a Magnuson supercharger pretty soon," he says. In the meantime, his new ride has already drawn lots of attention, and several people have brought in their fifth-gens for a Kustom Werx transformation. Cory admits that he isn't ready to give up trucks just yet, but with his newfound passion for speed, maybe he can at least convince his customers that there's nothing wrong with making some real power.
Owner: Cory Scott-Conroe, Texas
Vehicle: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Type: GM LS3
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Bore: 4.065 Inches
Stroke: 3.622 Inches
Cylinder Heads: Factory GM rectangle-port aluminum castings
Rotating Assembly: Stock
Camshaft: Fastlane 232/236-at-0.050 hydraulic roller; 0.560/0.580-inch lift; 114-degree LSA
Intake: Factory intake manifold, Fastlane cold-air induction system
Fuel System: Stock tank and pump
Exhaust: Kooks 1.75-inch long-tube headers, dual MagnaFlow 3-inch mufflers
Final Tune: Factory PCM tuned by Fastlane
Transmission: Tremec TR6060 trans, stock clutch
Rear Axle: Stock GM multi-link independent rear suspension
Front Suspension: Detroit Speed and Engineering springs and sway bar
Rear Suspension: Detroit Speed and Engineering springs and sway bar
Brakes: Factory 14-inch rotors and Brembo four-piston calipers, front; 14.4-inch rotors and Brembo four-piston calipers, rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Custom Intro 22x8.5, front; 22x10, rear
Tires: Nitto 265/30-22, front; 285/25-22, rear
Paint: GM Inferno Orange