When you're in high school and your dad buys a new Z28, you figure you might get to drive it to the prom. How lucky can you get when the old man simply gives you the keys in your senior year and says the car is yours? Way cool!
For Bill Mieczkowski of Glendora, California, this fantasy came true. Soon, though, he began noticing that, cool as the Camaro was, it really wasn't ready for prime time.
First up was a suspension tweakGrant Downing of Parallax Race Cars in Anaheim, California, installed custom subframe connectors, BBK lower trailing arms, a Lingenfelter adjustable Panhard bar, Suspension Techniques spindles, an anti-roll bar and springs (accounting for a 2 1/4-inch drop in ride height), and Tokico shocks.
Giving in to his youthful urges, Bill next went for a big-time sound system. Audio Innovations installed a Pioneer control unit that fed into three JL Audio subwoofers powered by Lanzar amplifiers. Then, something was needed to let the outside speak up. Leyland Autobody in Covina, California, shaved the door handles and installed a Harwood cowl induction hood before squirting the car with Dupont black and adding blue ghost flames.
It took a few years before Bill was ready for the next step, but when he took it, it was a big one. Tim Jackson at Competition Automotive Machine in Glendora, California, put together a 383ci mill that has the potential to create major whiplash. The big-inch Mouse began life as a '71 350ci four-bolt main block which now is stuffed full of top-of-the-line, go-fast goodies (such as a SCAT-forged crank; Eagle rods; Ross pistons; Total Seal rings; a Melling oil pump; a Moroso pan; a Comp Cams roller cam, pushrods, lifters, and valve springs; ARP studs; an Edelbrock water pump, manifold, and aluminum heads with 2.02-inch intake valves and 1.64 exhaust). Everything in the engine room is held in place with Energy Suspension motor mounts. Valve covers were created by Custom Engraving.
When it comes to the air/fuel charge, an Edelbrock intake manifold holds a set of BBK injectors while air is filtered through a K&N cleaner, then enters the mix via an Edelbrock throttle body. An SX inline, electric fuel pump delivers fuel at a rate of 85 gph at 50 psi. To really add some excitement, a Nitrous Express Direct Port Fogger delivers a big-time boost of horsepower when activated. Ignition is stock with a Crane PS91 coil and Jacobs Hi-Energy wires. Hooker Super Comp headers lead to Flow Master Dual Chamber mufflers. Shifts come from a 700-R4 automatic with an A&W 2,800-rpm stall speed converter. The Transmission House in Covina, California, also added a Dual Shift valve body and a Transgo Stage 2 Shift kit.
When it was time for an interior, Autotrim of Covina, California, sewed up black-and-gray tweed with a blue, vinyl trim. A set of Coddington 18-inch "Rodder" wheels, 8.5 width in front and 9.5 at the back, mounting Sumitomo 235/40s (front) and 235/35s (rear) essentially added the finishing touch.
This car is now what the high school senior dreamed of a few years ago. Ironically, he's now preparing to get married and perhaps start a family of his own. We have a feeling that one day his own high school senior will get the keys to one of the coolest Camaros in town.