1969 Chevy Camaro - Nunyablu

One Man's Take On Modern Car Building.

Ro McGonegal Feb 1, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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The Air Flow Research 205 cylinder heads do a superlative job moving air in a small-displacement LS engine and are good for a solid 40 hp bump at the tire. Low-end torque is snappy and the power continues to build throughout the rpm range. The Com XR281 hydraulic roller is joined by other Comp valve train equipment, save for the Harland Sharp 1.8:1 roller rockers. Fred fortified the lower end with an SLP oil pump and cam timing chain and a Canton sheetmetal oil pan and remote filter arrangement.

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Induction is accomplished with a ported FAST intake manifold and a 90mm Nick Williams throttle body. Fuel is transported via a Rick's stainless steel EFI fuel cell fitted with an in-tank Aeromotive A1000 pump, filters, regulator, and #8 and #10 braided lines and fittings. Helping to cool and recycle are an AFCO aluminum radiator and a single large-diameter pusher fan. Noxious stuff is extracted through Jet-Hot coated Hooker long-tubes with a 1.75-inch primaries and a 3-inch collector. Fred merged them with a Magnaflow 3-inch custom stainless steel exhaust system, mufflers, and X-pipe. Katech coil mounts hold stock zappers that push juice through MSD leads. Fred adapted the late-model block to the early-model Camaro with Street & Performance engine plates and Energy Suspension polygraphite motor mounts.

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To transfer torque to the rear wheels, the intermediaries are composed of T56 six-speed fitted with ATS hydraulic throwout bearing. An LS7 clutch assembly rotates torque through a 3-inch aluminum driveshaft to a DSE 9-inch fitted with a Strange Engineering aluminum pumpkin, 4.11:1 gears, and a Detroit Truetrac differential. Fred set the chassis up as rigid as possible with DSE mini-tubs, QUADRALink 4-bar system, Koni adjustable shock absorbers, and the ubiquitous subframe connectors. At the prow, he turned to an Art Morrison/Wayne Due subframe equipped with C5 spindles and control arms-the works. He can easily set ride height and finesse valving with the QA1 coilover adjustables.

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Fred custom bent his stainless steel brake lines and hooked them to Wilwood 14-inch, six-piston front brakes and 13-inch drilled and slotted rotors on the 9-inch. A Wilwood master cylinder and parking brake kit are also included. Force emitted by the Hydra Tech brake booster is ferocious enough to pitch someone through the windshield. A Turn One pump feeds the AGR power steering rack. To dig deep and long into a turn, Boze Five Speed forged wheels (18x9, 20x11.5) carry the tenacity (and forgiveness) found in 265/35 and 335/30 Michelin Pilot Sport gummies.

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At first glance, the exterior looks like stock. Closer inspection reveals body seams that have been filled and marker lights that have been removed. The door pulls fell off somewhere along the way and the drip rails were eradicated. These exterior changes and the dead-nuts stance of NUNYA exhibit a subtle, clean, streamlined appearance that other builders sometimes miss. From the full side view, the car is spectacular, polarizing. Fred added DSE hideaway headlamps and inserted Morris fog bulbs in the lower valance. And there's more; the back of the Camaro sports Marquez Design billet taillights and the front and rear bumpers were fitted closer to the body, smoothed out, and sprayed to match to the sheetmetal. Alcalde Customs (alcaldecustoms.com) mixed the "Nunyablu" (DuPont) custom pearl blue, applied by Kevin and Joe at Nostalgic Autobody (nostalgicautobody.com) over a metallic silver base. (NUNYA is a colloquialism that means "none of your business.")

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