September 2011 Readers' Rides

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Rehabed Racer

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Wayne Deslauriers loves a good project, so when his wife, Brenda, needed a new car it was the perfect opportunity. You see, Brenda had always wanted a ’67 Camaro and Wayne certainly wasn’t going to argue. As he told us. “We looked at a bunch of cars that were within our $4,500 budget but most were rusty projects. This one here was basically bought off the drag strip and is a mid to low 12-second car. It had a fresh 355 built to scream with Super Comp headers but had no front inner fenders, wiring, or interior. Out back there was a Chrysler 8.75-inch rearend with ladder bars, 4:11 gears, subframe connectors, and solid body bushings. Both doors had lightweight plastic instead of glass for windows, and there was an eight-point cage.” Wayne replaced the sheetmetal with GM parts, added real glass and ditched the cage. He also popped in a full interior along with fresh wiring from Painless. In 1999 his wife decided she wanted something a bit more practical for daily driving so the Camaro was put up for sale. Fortunately, it never sold. “A few years later, my son Taylor and I were at a local cruise night and he said, ‘You should fix up the Camaro and bring it here,’” remembers Wayne. “I thought that was a great idea, after all, that’s why it’s been stored in the garage. So in August 2004 I gave her a complete makeover.” Hotchkis 2-inch drop springs along with bigger sway bars fixed the stance and gave the Camaro improved handling while a disc brake conversion helped it stop better. He also dressed up the engine and used the body shop where he works for a fresh coat of color on the Camaro.

What started out as a good deed for the wife has turned into a cool cruiser for Wayne. We call that a win-win situation.

Back In The Game

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Bob and Barb Delia have always been into cars but like many of us they had to take a hiatus to fully concentrate on raising a family. As Bob related, “My wife and I go way back to high school. She has been my right-hand assistant and friend for 50 years and we’ve always shared a love for the car hobby. Back in the day we did the street drags in Chicago and hit the drag strip every Sunday. Racing and shows were a major part of our lives and I ran in modified C/Gas with a record-holding ’56 Chevy. Eventually, it all had to take a backseat to raising our three kids.” Four grandchildren later, Bob and Barb are rekindling their love of cars. They’ve built two street rods and a ’59 Impala called “So Big,” which was a Great Eight contender for the Ridler award at the Detroit Autorama. “When the 'Big Three' auto companies came out with their modern muscle cars, we needed to be a part of that. Of course, we chose to build a ’10 SS Camaro,” recalled Bob, whose nickname is the “Bow-Tie Guy.”

For more power, they topped the LS3 with a Magnuson TVS 2300 blower and added some Kooks long-tube headers along with a Roto Fab cold-air induction system. The combination is enough to churn out around 700 hp at 6 pounds of boost. The chassis was treated to parts from Hotchkis, Eibach, and Granatelli, and it rolls on a set of 20-inch three-piece one-off Foose wheels. The exterior received a custom hood and some paintwork while the Inferno Orange-trimmed interior welcomed a set of Auto Meter gauges and an MGW shift knob.

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