Reliable Transportation helped move the car to VRE and the crew started tearing down the old Camaro. What they soon found was that the body panels were in worse shape than first thought. After some calls, new sheetmetal started rolling in from National Parts Depot, Classic Industries, and YearOne. Cuzie Customs (located next door to VRE) worked their metal magic and prepped the ’72 for more than a few layers of BASF Glasurit Cyber Gray Metallic paint and clear. Once painted, the crew at VRE had a mere 28 days to turn the pile of parts back into a running Camaro. To give the PPC a unique look, a one-off Z-Force hood was donated by Motorsports Performance Design along with some custom billet lights and grille courtesy of Monzter Motorsports.
Powering the PPC is a stroked GM LQ9 LS engine displacing 408 cubes. VRE filled the engine with top-shelf go-fast parts from SCAT, Howards, JE, and ARP. The compression was dropped to 9.5:1 and a polished Magnuson MP112 blower was bolted on top. Other parts like a Holley oil pan, Deatschwerks fuel pump, and Spectre air intake help the engine churn out 581 hp and 514 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. A Flex-a-lite aluminum radiator keeps it all running cool and spent gas exit the Camaro through a stainless Borla exhaust system. Power from the 408 shifts back through a GM 4L60E and Yank 3,000-stall converter set up by Finish Line Transmissions—all controlled by a Baumann Electronics Optishift unit. Rounding out the drivetrain is a Dynotech driveshaft and a 10-bolt modded by VRE with donated parts from Yukon Gear.
When it came time to put a suspension under the car, Andrew hit up Brian Vinson of Airlift Company for one of their Lifestyle II digital adjustable air suspension kits, which was supplemented with widgets from BMR Fabrication. The brakes came from Kore3, and the rolling stock consists of Fikse 19x8 and 19x10 wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber.
The interior of the PPC got some special treatment as well. For safety, there’s a Chassisworks rollcage and HR3 fire extinguisher, and a Momo steering wheel paired with an ididit column keeps the Camaro movin’ in the right direction. The Marquez Design interior panels and Corbeau seats were covered in leather and pink ultra-suede by Todd Abraham of Advanced Performance Interiors. Dakota Digital provided the gauges as well as the controller for the Vintage Air system. There’s also a badass Ron Williams JVC and Kicker stereo system for blasting out the tunes.
The whole build only took a scant four months to pull off, thanks in large part to the hard work of VRE and the other shops involved. “It takes a lot of heart to put life on hold for a build, but this one definitely deserved it,” stated Thomas Stachowicz of VRE. There were many weekends and late nights put in before the Camaro made its debut at the 2011 SEMA show in the Spectre Performance booth. But in the end, all the hard work was worth it. In addition to VRE, Andrew also gives his wife, Alexis, props for putting up with four chaotic months while the build consumed his life.
Another key player was Brian Young of the New Orleans Saints. “When we ran out of money to finish the project, Brian stepped up and made a generous donation to get us to the finish line,” recalled Andrew. But that’s typical when you take on a good cause in an industry filled with great people.
“It takes a lot of heart to put life on hold for a build, but this one definitely deserved it.”