June 2011 Readers' Rides

Pro Cool

It’s been a long journey for Don Moonshine and his second-gen Camaro. It was 19 years ago that he bought the shell for 200 bucks, and he spent the next six years getting it right in line with his vision. The first engine was a full-roller 13:1 468ci big-block, but five years ago Don decided to add some boost to the equation. The result was a BDS-blown 454. The engine is filled with an Eagle 4340 crank, forged rods, a big cam, and topped off with ported rectangle port heads. The mill exhausts out through a pair of Hooker Super Comp headers and makes in the neighborhood of 700 hp on pump gas. Behind the engine sits a TH400 trans with a manual valve body and a B&M Pro Ratchet shifter. To get the power to the pavement, there’s a Ford 9-inch with Strange axles and 4.11 gears. All kinds of good stuff makes up the rest of the car including four-wheel disc brakes, eight-point roll cage, and big sticky Mickey Thompson tires. According to Don, “It’s a true street car with future plans to include a full teardown and LS series engine transplant along with upgrades for longer drives.”

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Third Stage

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This sweet ’10 has been transformed from stock to standout by Tommy Pike Customs (TPC) in Greenville, South Carolina. For performance, the LS3 received their Stage III kit in the form of a Vortech V-3 Si Trim supercharger and TPC headers along with a custom tune. The suspension was treated to an Eibach Pro lowering kit and a set of their beefier sway bars. In terms of looks, the 2SS/RS received some custom paint and rolls on TPC three-piece 20-inch rally wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo rubber. This white rocket was built for Kenny Mazza and we’re sure he’s enjoying driving the Camaro as much as we’re diggin’ looking at it.

Fine Fourth-Gen

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Mario Portillo loves his Chevys. He owns a ’38 coupe with a 572 big-block, but what really makes him smile is driving his ’97 SLS SS Camaro. The LT1 only has 59,000 miles on it and still runs strong. To give it a bit more grunt, Mario added a Blackwing air filter, Granatelli MAF, and an SLP intake elbow. The rear was upgraded with some 3.73 Richmond gears, and a Hurst short-throw shifter helps Mario easily slap through the gears. Eventually Mario wants to convert the LT1 to an LT4, but for now he’s just gonna enjoy the ride!

Birthday Bonus

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Paul Stratton’s fourth-gen is proof that old racecars never die. You see, his ride was stripped down by the original owner in preparation for drag strip duty. But life got in the way and the shell was sold to Paul’s friends Steven and Chris Harmon. The brothers slowly pieced the car back together, and since they lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, they used many of the surplus Holley parts they had laying about. After a trip to the drag strip in Indy, the car came home with a transmission issue. It ran, sort of, but was parked. Several months later, at a 4th of July party, Paul’s parents talked to Steven about buying the Camaro for John, who was only 15 at the time. A deal was struck and a couple weeks later, when John turned 16 and got his license, he hit the road. Eventually John, with a lot of help from his dad, pulled the trans and had it completely rebuilt at Lee Myles transmissions. The pair then tuned the suspension and fixed a couple of paint issues. By the time Paul turned 17 the Camaro was running and looking great. Over the years Paul has continued to improve the Camaro by adding a new stereo, ROH Snyper 17-inch wheels, 2.5-inch cowl hood, SS spoiler, TCI converter, and to top it off, a complete repaint. It all makes for one sweet fourth-gen that any of us would be happy to drive.

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