1969 Chevy Camaro - Back Burner Bullet

A Camaro that started out just a driver became thatand much more

John Nelson May 1, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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If you think that all sounds a bit extreme for a driver, then you won’t be surprised by the plush interior, created by an assortment of different shops. New factory-style carpets, mats, doorpanels, and a dash (concealing a DSE bracket for the Compac Air Ride system) laid the foundation. The headliner, however, is a custom suede piece; the seats are custom pieces based on off-road racebuckets, padded and shaved to create Colby’s ideal muscle car buckets. The driver interface also got a thorough working over, with AutoMeter gauges housed in a Covan’s gauge panel, Lokar shifter and pedals, and an ididit tilt steering column painted to match the body. Unable to find any off-the-shelf console setups he liked, but knowing that he wanted a touch-screen GPS system to go with his full Alpine/Kenwood stereo setup, Colby and Carlos settled on a ’70 Camaro console to house the control center, which the pair fiberglassed to fit and painted to match. One great point of pride for Colby is his Camaro’s trunk: despite a raised suspension crossmember, intruding 20-inch wheels, behind the seat subwoofers, a rear-mounted battery, and dual compressors with a 5-gallon tank for the Air Ride system well, after sealing it off with upholstered panels ... the car still has a usable trunk.

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The entire car was wired by Carlos Warlick using an American Autowire harness, for starters, and his own custom work where needed.

That leaves us with the ’69s body, which, Colby tells us had a nice 10-footer paintjob and was a part he hadn’t intended to touch. Things changed, however, as he kept eyeballing the car’s stock door handles, developing a serious chrome allergy that didn’t match the sleek, sinister aesthetic he’d created in his mind. He also received an invite to show the car at the ’10 Beverly Hills Concours d’ Elegance, which meant it was time to step things up yet another notch. So off came the door handles, shaved and replaced with an Auto-Loc power door system. Gene and Mario of A&G Auto Services in Sylmar, California, handled the body and paint upgrade, creating one of the straightest black cars you’re likely to see. Putting it back together, the look was completed with Detroit Speed Solid Body Mounts, Billet Hood Hinges, and a Selecta-Speed Wiper Kit. Marquez Design was then tabbed for Billet taillights, powdercoated to match the Boze wheels, along with Billet parking lamps/turn signals. A&G also molded in flush-mounted LED side marker lights, then used a black/clearcoat combo to make them undetectable until they’re turned on. The bumpers were shaved and molded by Colby himself, then black powdercoated before being painted, a little insurance policy against rock chips (It’s a driver, remember?).

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In the end, what had been a low-priority project, a shadow build, as Colby calls it, turned out to be much more than planned. It’s certainly a show-quality car, but it’s also the driver our man wanted, a car you could haul butt to Vegas in, with the A/C and stereo blasting, pull up to the hotel and just dump the airbags it’s so sleek, so sinister. To me the aesthetic of it is just amazing. Colby’s justifiably proud of the struggle and work he’s put in to make it in the entertainment industry. However, he’s just as proud that he took that Hollywood sage’s advice, and not only kept his passion for building cars, but nourished it as well. Just take a look. If the target was top tier, as opposed to back burner, this Camaro’s certainly scored a bullseye.

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