When you're in the Navy you go where Uncle Sam tells ya. Sometimes it's the Arctic Circle and sometimes you get a bit luckier. Such is the case with David Fulcher of Gulfport, Mississippi, currently on deployment in the Bahamas. When the white sand beaches and tropical breezes are cool, he would much rather be home wrenching on his 1969 Chevy Camaro SS. The blue pearl over Glacier White SS wears Sapphire rally stripes and rolls on Billet Specialties 17x8 front and 17x9.5 rear wheels. The interior has been swathed in ultra leather and ostrich hide while a set of Dolphin gauges set in a Covan's dash help track the car's vitals. Cruising is made even more fun thanks to a killer audio system. Underhood, David reworked the 350 small-block and dressed up the mill with a billet drive system and more than a few shiny widgets. Backing up the V-8 is a four-speed Muncie and Eibach springs help nail the stance.
Starting Out Right
Most of us spent our formative high school years wrenching on cars that were neither classic nor cool. It wasn't until later when we finally had the cash or connections to work on something nice. Dalton Carter of Hillsboro, Oregon, is an exception. He decided to skip the junk and get right to the good stuff. Dalton is currently attending Century High School and when he isn't cracking books, he's busy working with his grandfather on his '68 Camaro. Gramps picked up the Camaro back when Dalton was only 8 years old and the pair has been fixing it up ever since. "It's been a great bonding experience with my grandfather and it's really fun to work on such an awesome car," remarks Dalton.
The numbers-matching Camaro features the original 12-bolt, M20 four-speed, and 327/275hp small-block engine. The ride also has a deluxe interior with a tilt column and the original factory wood steering wheel. Other options include a center console, shoulder harnesses, and rear window defogger. With the exception of paint, the pair did all the work themselves including rebuilding the engine and fixing all the body panels. It makes for a very cool ride that has given both Dalton and his grandfather some great memories.
Acting His Age
The problem with youth is it's wasted on the young. After all, why should having a few years on the old human odometer stop one from indulging in a love for killer Camaros? That's the attitude of K. E. Christy who, at the age of 63, decided that he wanted a third-gen Camaro. As he tells us, "I ordered the '91 Z28 in the early part of January 1990, after which Camaro lost the franchise from the IROC nameplate. I couldn't find a five-speed on the East coast and I could no longer order an IROC. I was informed they were coming out with a Z28 for the '91 model year, but they would only be available in red, white and black. The car was ordered sight unseen as there wasn't any literature available. The only information I was given was that it would have no graphics and a wing on the rear. Finally, in June of 1990 I took delivery." The 5.0L TPI-powered five-speed is mostly stock with the exception of some 17-inch ROH wheels, a few dress-up items, and a Dynomax exhaust system. He also likes to rock out, so there's a killer audio system featuring two 12-inch JL woofers in a custom enclosure. A big "thumbs-up" to a guy who proves that you're only as old as you feel.
Third Time Third-Gen
Like many of us, Ed Lombardi of New York City, New York dabbled in hot rods in his youth and was then sidetracked by the demands of life. As he tells us, "My first Camaro was a brown '84 six-cylinder Berlinetta. I was 16 years old and the only mods I did was to flip over the air cleaner cover and paint her teal blue. When I was 18, I sold her to a friend and picked up an '84 red Z28. I was hooked. I put a lot of chrome under the hood and did whatever other bolt-ons I could find. She was wrecked twice and then stolen. When I got her back the motor was shot and the tranny was slipping. Frustrated, I decided to let her go for cheap.
I had given up buying any more muscle cars, focusing instead on daily drivers for about 15 years. Then I got the fever after attending a local car show. I started looking online and in papers and an opportunity presented itself from a co-worker to trade some help on a house for his brother-in-law's '92 black Z28. I jumped on it and never looked back. That was August 2008, and in the last 12 months, I upgraded the intake to a full TPIS with a 52mm throttle body. I also added a Cervini's Stalker hood and painted her all black. She looks and sounds great. Some other mods to tighten the ride include a UMI Strut tower brace along with subframe connectors. I drive my car a lot, going to shows and meets all over the place. As is the case with most Camaro owners, she has taken on a big part of my life-not just the car itself but the club activities as well. It really does help me through the day when I can take a few moments to check out some tech articles or just B.S. on a forum with other third-gen owners."
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