1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 - "Ruquik?"

With A 491-Inch Big-Block, Damned Straight!

Bob McClurg Nov 1, 2001 0 Comment(s)
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Four hundred ninety-one cubic inches of nitrous-assisted Dart/Chevy big-block has got to do something. Like curl your hair back, maybe?

That's especially true when you drop this potent combination in between the framerails of a well set-up Camaro like that belonging to Houston, Texas, Chevy enthusiast Roy Chaney. Roy LOVES going fast. Is eight flat, and 170 miles per hour fast enough, Roy?

Not only is Chaney's silver and black-striped '69 Camaro Z/28 fast, it is equally as beautiful, with its LoneStar Corvette-applied '00 Chrysler Integra PPG silver and black paint, Centerline wheels, and Mickey Thompson Pro Street rubber. But let's talk about the fast part again.

The chassis underneath Roy's hot rod was set up by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and features a 2x3-inch rear subframe, with Bickel Pro-link, Koni coilover suspended 4.71:1 geared, narrowed Ford 9-inch rearend, and Competition Engineering wheelie bars.

The Camaro also utilizes TRZ custom front A-arms and Specialty Metal Craft custom front spindles with Flaming River rack-and-pinion steering.

Houston's Westside Performance built the previously raved about 491 Dart aluminum big-block. Chaney's fat(ter) Rat features a Calles Stealth crank, Venolia pistons with Childs and Albert piston rings, SSRE rods, Clevite engine bearings, Melling lubricating system, Jesel belt drive, and a Competition Cams roller cam valvetrain.

The Camaro's Dart Industries big-block heads were prepared by Lump Cylinder Heads, (yes, that's right) and feature ARP, Comp Cams, Crane, and Jesel valvetrain hardware. Sitting in between is a Dart intake sporting a Holley 1050 Dominator and NOS Fogger nitrous plate. An MSD ignition is used to light things off, while a set of Jet Hot thermal-coated 2.25-inch Lemon headers and Flowmaster mufflers take care of the exhaust.

Handling a dyno'd 650 hp is a Hughes-equipped, Arabie Trans Brake Powerglide. The final link in the powertrain is a Mark Williams driveshaft.

"This car was built to run in the "Outlaw 10.5 class," says Roy. "But I have to admit that it's also A LOT of fun on the street!" Geez! Now there's a real shocker!

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