1967 Chevy Camaro - Good Cop, Bad Car

Fred Douglas’ personal pursuit unit

Chris Shelton Jan 1, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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The interior follows the exterior’s theme: basically stock but with a few modest performance updates like an Autometer shift light and a Budnik Stiletto steering wheel. It also features a rather elaborate audio system. The centerpiece: a Pioneer head unit. Only rather than spoil the dash with it, Travis Leonard at ICON Audio, hid it in the glove box and the iPod connection in the ashtray. He similarly concealed the RideTech controls in the stock center console.

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Leonard also installed Sony amplifiers and speakers. He also cleverly mounted a JL Audio subwoofer by fabricating its enclosure to fit in the left rear quarter panel. For the other side, he created a dummy panel with a clear-acrylic insert and adorned it with RS graphics.

“It has been an ongoing project since I got it,” Douglas admitted, explaining the perils of balancing a family, work, fledgling company that specializes in customizing die-cast cars (GigPig Customs—get it?), and a car that exists solely for his entertainment. In fact, it wasn’t until last year that he updated the car with Rushforth Whiplash wheels. They measure 18 and 19 inches—sufficiently large to showcase the 12- and 13-inch Wilwood rotors and four-pot calipers. With a 4½-inch backspace on a 7-inch rim, he fit 235/40ZR-18 BFGoodrich KDW tires under the fenders. With the same backspace on 8-inch-wide wheels, he fit 275/40ZR-19s in the stock rear wells.

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The big wheels and brakes set the car’s current high-speed handling theme, one that wasn’t best served with the direct-drive high gear in the transmission that came with the car. “This past winter my friend Dave Plummer helped me put in a TKO 600 five-speed,” Douglas noted. It links to the engine via a Centerforce clutch, and he shifts it with a Hurst stick. “I’m loving the overdrive,” he concluded.

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While he built his ’67 for pursuit, Douglas admits it’s to chase numbers, as in lap times. “This is the second ’67 Camaro I’ve owned,” he noted. “My first one was stock and I wanted a muscle car that I could drive, show, and autocross.”

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That’s not to say he wouldn’t take the opportunity to pursue an illicit street challenge should the opportunity arise. But we’re warning you; losing a race to Detective Fred Douglas could be humbling in more ways than one.


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