Greg built the car with the intention of owning a multi-tasking ride, meaning it would have to make a statement on the drag strip as well as a road course. Oh, and just for kicks, he entertains the thought of driving it fairly regularly on the street. He enlisted the talents of Dan Thompson to beef up a TH350 trans. Although Thompson backed it up with a Coan 10-inch 3800 stall converter for aggressive launches, shifts remain manageable in street situations and lengthy drives. A Strange driveshaft modified with heavy-duty Strange yokes suck up the twist, and Chuck Lett at Attac Race Cars in Charlotte, Michigan narrowed the Moser 12-bolt and stuffed in 3.73 cogs.
In order to meet the demands of a road course, quality-engineered suspension components are a must. Greg did his homework and made a call to Global West Performance for a set of their upper and lower tubular A-arms up front to accompany the GM drop spindles and QA1 adjustable shocks. Out back, he went with a Ridetech four-link Airbar setup complete with the Select Series Shock Waves for added adjustability. Scrubbing off speed in quick form is a must during track day exercises, so with the help of Dan over at Hotrods and Handlebars in Battlecreek, Michigan, Wilwood binders reside on all four corners (six-piston calipers, 13-inch rotors up front / four-piston calipers, 12-inch rotors rear). With suspension components only as good at the tires allow, Nitto 555 rubber was up to the task (225/35 18 front and 275/30 19 rear). Intro five-spoke Vista wheels (18x10 front / 19x12 rear) hold down the vintage look combined with modern performance.
The cockpit echoes the engine bay with plenty of shiny bits combined with modern comfort and performance functionality. The crew at Street Rod Alley in Muskegon, Michigan handled the interior installation, including the custom GM low-back seats shod in black ultra leather and carbon-fiber inserts, custom-built leather-trim door panels, relocated billet door handles, and ACC black loop carpet. Autometer carbon-fiber gauges keep Greg informed and a Flaming River column topped with a D Wheel wrapped in black leather direct the show.
Dave Nelken over at Lea's Auto Body in Charlotte, Michigan smoothed the sheetmetal, slathered the second-gen in Dupont Mediterranean Blue pigment, and carefully applied the black Super Sport stripes over a Goodmark cowl hood. Master Blaster, also in Charlotte, handled the powdercoating duties on various pieces including bumpers, headlight buckets, and window trim.
Had Greg been awarded a Mulligan on the build, he told us he'd have started with a car that wasn't finished. "I could have saved tons of money if I had just started on a Camaro that needed restoration," informs Greg. "I basically tore the car apart and started over anyway, so next time I'll know better."
So far, Greg has enjoyed the car far beyond his expectations. He's had it on the high banks of Michigan International Speedway, raced it at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, done a bunch of autocrossing, and had it out on the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise. And he's just getting started.
"I really want to thank my friend Jason Cook for helping with the fuel injection, my buddies Toby Vansycle and John Moreno who helped out when I was in a tight spot, and of course my wife," says Greg. "But the person I owe the most to is that kid who blew by me in the Hugger Orange '70 back at the Dairy Queen a few years back. Without him, I might still be sitting in that slug of a Chevy thinking I was 'all that.'"