Some of the best father and son bonding can stem from working together on a project. In the case of Justin Dillon, he and his father took this ’73 RS split-bumper Camaro and built it from the ground up. And they stopped at nothing to get the car built exactly how they had envisioned it.
As Justin mentions, this car is a near perfect show car. Everything under the hood is polished or painted.
Although the car features the factory 350, four-speed, and air conditioning system, numerous upgrades made their way onto this classic muscle. With an aluminum radiator and March serpentine belt system leading the engine bay, a polished fuel pump and Edelbrock EnduraShine intake and carb blend in with the show-style theme. Ceramic coated headers compliment the scene while an aluminized steel 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust handle the grunt work.
To us there aren’t too many things more exciting than running your Camaro on a road course, especially if it’s decked out with a few aftermarket goodies from the performance handling world. John Micalizio’s ’10 Camaro is a prime example of taking a late-model hot rod and making use of its muscular pedigree.
Not long after purchasing the SS, the Boynton Beach, Florida, hot rodder upgraded a few of the suspension components to liven up the ride and make it a bit more compliant on track days. I did a bunch of little things that have yielded great results, said John. I put on Pfadt lowering springs, Sport sway bars, and a strut tower brace. Now the thing goes right where I point it when coming hot out of a corner.
He also realized the stock brakes needed a little help for what he had in mind, so he bolted in a set of stainless steel brake lines, Hawk DTC-30 brake pads, Frozen Rotors’ Cryogenically frozen rotors for higher durability, TiSpeed titanium brake shims for caliper heat shielding, and custom front rotor cooling ducts, which contribute to a 200 degree heat reduction.
Dude takes stopping seriously we’d have to say.
CCW 20x10-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 275/40 rubber ride up front while the same make wheels sized 20x11 inches roll out back and sport 315/35 Nitto NT05s.
Although the engine is stock, John opened up the airflow a bit with a MBRP cat-back exhaust system and a Vararam air box. He then tossed in a dyno tune to squeak out a few more ponies. The reward for his efforts came out to 385 hp and 385 lb-ft to the wheels on a Mustang chassis dyno. Not bad numbers for a few bolt-ons.
We’d like to thank John for proving you can still have a great day at the track without spending crazy amounts of money.
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