1970 Chevy Camaro - The Crusher

This Lightweight Second-gen Will Turn Some Heads on the Street and Some Quick Times at the Track

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The drag race inspiration exists via WJ’s handiwork, but handling was the main focus on the build, so the Lakeside crew welded together their own custom frame and mated it up a DSE hydroformed subframe at the front. The standard goodies include DSE 2-inch lowering springs, double-adjustable DSE shocks, splined sway bar, and C6 spindles. Sticking with the DSE catalog, a QUADRALink rear system resides out back and includes the DSE spring and shock combo. Down the road, should Dave seek out a larger rear wheel and tire combo, DSE Deep Tubs were stitched in to provide roomy accommodations.

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A Wilwood master cylinder conducts the Baer 6S six-piston binders perched atop 14-inch rotors front and rear, which handle stopping duties behind a quad bank of Boze Mesh wheels (18x10 front, 18x12 rear) wrapped in Falken Azenis rubber (275/35R18 front, 315/30R18 rear).

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The custom-built Lakeside interior features an aluminum scene borrowed from a 1947 P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The multitude of pushbuttons featured on the dash insinuates the Stack instrumentation is the only contemporary piece in the mix. Contemporary? Not for the average Joe, but in this instance, you get the idea. Weber Custom Interiors did their diligence on the upholstery, carpet, and cloth headliner. Jegs race seats and G-Force restraint systems offer a secure venue while Dave white knuckles the MOMO steering wheel. The car’s initial appearance offers a Pro Touring vibe, but luxury took a back seat on this ride; not one of the dash buttons assume control of the non-existent A/C or sound system. The only tune echoing through this second-gen is the sound of eight angry pistons pushing the limits of their own existence.

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Having a number of custom cars built in recent years, the Leisinger’s continue in keeping Roger Burman and his team at Lakeside Rods on call. Only sucking up seven month’s time, this build could be considered somewhat tame relative to their previous Camaro creations where extensive sheetmetal alteration was the norm.

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This time around, Burman took the lightweight route by mixing in more fiberglass than a Southern California surfboard shop. The front end, doors, trunk lid, and hood all lack the common sheetmetal composition. Even the windows were replaced with Lexan. Up front, the grille was designed for increased airflow, and the factory turn indicator locations have been converted to air vents for even further induction into the brake rotor area.

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Lakeside did their usual assiduous work smoothing the body and spraying the paint. Dave passed on the retina-burning exterior pigment and instead settled on a slightly subdued Porsche Silver with flat PPG clearcoat. The Charcoal Gray “Crusher” graphic and subtle gold stripe induces a race-inspired theme careful not to overpower the body's natural attraction.

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When a successful effort comes together, it’s important to credit the supporting cast. “I have thank Kyle Tucker from DSE for helping with the suspension, Eric Brockmeyer for his eye for design, and Zak at Boze Alloys for putting together just the right wheel combination,” relays Dave. “So far, we’ve had so much fun with this car that having our kids work as the pit crew and driving in the autocross has been a great experience. And working with Warren Johnson on the engine has also been amazing.”

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Weighing in at just 2,900 pounds with driver and the near perfect weight distribution, this is one Camaro that is sure to be top dog at most any autocross. It’s a car that is more than able to crush the competition.

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The only tune echoing through this second-gen is the sound of eight angry pistons pushing the limits of their own existence.




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