1967 Chevrolet Camaro - Scarred For Life

Karen Leisinger's '67 Wins The 2010 Goodguys Street Machine Of The Year. That Was The Plan.

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The engine bay is a sanitary example of a standard Burman build. What might seem simple at first glance becomes a complex bevy of precisely cut, bent, and smoothed sheetmetal carefully administered not to distract from the star of the show: the engine. In this instance, not one piece takes away from another. The custom-painted Edelbrock aluminum valve covers and Vintage Air Front Runner pulley system compliment the scene while the tubular mesh of stainless Detroit Speed Inc. headers add the necessary aggression to the otherwise stealthy ensemble. Cooling is provided by a PRC aluminum core support back loaded with dual electric fans residing under the custom Lakeside engine cover.

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The custom work continues with the Lakeside-sculpted, Extreme Powder Coating powdercoated 3-inch exhaust system. From there, the one-off arrangement surrenders spent greenhouse into a set of Flowmaster 44 mufflers for a fitting growl.

A custom steel Denny's driveshaft readily handles twist handed down by a hearty Gearstar level 5 2004R transmission fitted with a Yank torque converter and custom Gearstar 3500 stall valve body. A Detroit Tru Trac distributes power via a DSE-assembled Ford 9-inch rearend and Moser axles and center section.

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Scar was built to perform in any situation on any given day. Equipped with enough sheer power for the drag strip, Karen then focused on the handling aspect and enlisted DSE for their top dog suspension package featuring a hydroformed front subframe decked out with a power rack-and-pinion steering system, a splined sway bar for added strength and stiffness, and C6 spindles. Out back, the DSE Deep Tubs provide the necessary stomping ground for wide rubber and DSE's Quadra-Link rear suspension. Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers on all four corners provide Karen with the aggressive stopping performance on and off the track. Boze Hi Octane, black satin-finished wheels (18x8 up front and 20x12 out back) are wrapped in Michelin PS2 rubber (243/35-R18 front and 335/30-R20 rear).

With the cross pollination of old versus new the dominant feature of the overall build, the interior would have to mesh with the modern flair of the exterior. Once again, Eric Brockmeyer got the nod for the concept while the Burman gang, along with the help of Classic Instruments and JB Microfinish, made the one-of-a-kind instrumentation a reality. A fully hand-fabricated, metal dash house the custom gauge package then carries around to the top section of the doors à la a modern Camaro. Weber Custom Interiors provided the backdrop while a Momo Millenium EVO black leather steering wheel and Corbeau seats grant the business quarters with a functional entourage to keep Karen stuck in the seat and on the road.

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An Alpine head unit complete with CD and DVD player rely on Rockford Fosgate 6x9 speakers to keep the cockpit lively on long drive situations. No amps or subwoofers here; it's a conscious decision to keep the car down to fighting weight.

Roger Burman and the Lakeside team are known for building some of the most unique yet functional hot rods in the industry, and Scar is quite possibly the most distinct Camaro of the first-gen genre. The fabrication and precise sheetmetal manipulation are nothing short of spectacular. From the front grille to the rear roll pan, the bar has been elevated in the execution of mixing modern flair with vintage psyche.

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Slathered in a custom mix of PPG yellow pearl and orange, the exterior welcomes the Curt Bacon-applied satin black graphic as a reminder to the sporty heritage of the classic piece. The louvered hood is a carbon-fiber compilation between Lakeside and Gemini Custom Composites, which work as a forceful addition to this sinister street machine.

Karen is convinced that this yearlong build was well worth the wait, and she describes winning the 2010 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year as the most memorable experience to date.




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