1969 Chevy Camaro - Simple Abundance

Air Force pilot Nathan Devonshire builds a fighter of his own

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Bigger brakes? How could they not? Understanding the motive, Prodigy took two-piston calipers and 13-inch Baer rotors for the front and two-piston 12-inch plates for the rear. The all-important wheel and tire combination includes Pro Touring-like Boze Tach modular rims, 18x8 and 18x10, tinged with a medium shade of graphite. The rubber is BFG KDW in 245/40 and 275/35 sizes.

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No crazy stuff on the inside, either—mostly period, mostly comfort oriented (electric window lifts, Auto Meter Ultra-Lite II gauges, a custom console, HVAC controls, wood-grain GM steering wheel), and a combo of black and gray leather and suede upholstery. The box seats are Corbeau GTS II. Prodigy did up the bench to match. With the top dropped, the silvery light gray contrasts with the dark green and picking up the silver on the rear fascia. Prodigy’s David Whitmore handled bodywork and the block-sanding rituals to the nth degree and applied Nate’s coveted stuff, the Glasurit Sequoia Green.

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The power ball for the dark green agent is a 383 stroker, venerable and venomous but not deadly. Not the world’s largest caliber, but more than enough moxie to frighten and excite. Beyond the long-throw crankshaft, the small-block trains on World Sportsman 200cc intake runner iron heads fitted with dual springs (1.250/1.550-inch diameter) and 2.02/1.60 valves in the 64cc combustion chambers. Main points are the COMP hydraulic roller (0.568-inch lift both valves: 248/252 degrees duration at 0.050-inch); the Edelbrock Air Gap intake with a Quick Fuel 750cfm carburetor; the 1.75-inch primary pipes segueing into a complete 2.5-inch Magnaflow stainless steel system processed with an X-pipe crossover. Output is 475 hp at 6,000 rpm and 425 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.

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On the commotion end, Prodigy posted a TKO 600 5-speed manual driven by an 11-inch Centerforce clutch assembly. Grunt arches down to a Moser 12-bolt fitted with 31-spline axles, 3.73:1 gears, and a limited-slip differential. Ancillaries include a Prodigy-provided double-pass aluminum core tended by twin 13-inch thermostatically controlled pull fans, an 100 amp Power Master alternator, and lassoed the front of the block with compact March accessory drive system.

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All of this plays well in a cruiser of the first magnitude. Plenty of grunt for a relatively light car, overdriven top gear for decent mileage and less wear on the engine internals, enough tire, brake, and suspension underneath it to avoid squirrels (the human kind) and bird brains, and lastly that drop top. Face it. There’s nothing quite like the rush of noise and adrenalin that comes at 120 in the open air.

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Don’t say you haven’t done it, Nate.

The power ball for the dark green agent is a 383 stroker, venerable and venomous but not deadly. Not the world’s largest caliber, but more than enough moxie to frighten and excite.

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