Imagine that you're lucky enough to have a dad who owns a '69 Camaro. He then lets you use it to date the girl you will later marry. How cool is that? Ready for more? Dad actually found the car in 1977, told a friend who then bought it, then after it changed hands one more time, dad finally got his hands on it. Dad drove it some, stored it some, and eventually sold it to his son who built it the way it is today (you didn't think it looked this great all of its life, did you?).
This fine '69 has been in Steve and Darlene Moore's life for a long time, and it probably will stay with them for quite awhile into the future. The sheetmetal is original, but it still took 3 1/2 years to rehab and build the car. Steve did a rotisserie resto and painted it himself in a booth at home, made from 2x4s and plastic sheeting-but don't tell that to the neighbors.
Other than upholstery, the entire car was completed by Steve at home, and its first show was at Goodguys Charlotte, where Kyle and Stacey Tucker of Detroit Speed and Engineering invited Steve to display the car in their booth-nice debut! Steve had support from his wife and daughter, and recalls fondly hammering the car around Road Atlanta at the Year One event, with wife Darlene hollering out the speeds (well over 100 mph, for sure). What's that they say about the family who plays together?
Vehicle: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Engine: 1978 454ci big-block, balanced, Lunati RV cam, intake/exhaust 0.500 lift, duration 290 degrees, Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold and carb, mod. 1407, 750-cfm,Flowkooler water pump, Be Cool three-row aluminum radiator, Mickey Thompson aluminum valve covers, Detroit Speed and Engineering air cleaner housing, K&N element, Dave's HEI, Patriot 1 3/4" headers, mod 8012, ceramic coated, Flowmaster carbon steel 2 1/2" exhaust and crossflow mufflers, Vintage Air Gen II A/C, DSE Selecta-Speed wiper motor
Transmission: Tremec TKO 500 5-speed, Centerforce 10 1/2" clutch and ressure plate, 3" tube custom driveshaft.
Rearend: GM 12-bolt, 3.05:1 ratio, limited slip
Front: DSE tubular A-arms, Moog springs, KYB shocks, total 3" drop, 1 1/2" Hotchkis sway bar, DSE lower control arm bushings, DSE subframe connectors
Rear: DSE springs and shackles, 3" drop, KYB shocks
Front: BFG, KDW, 235-45-17
Rear: BFG, KDW, 275-40-17
Front: American Torq-Thrust II, 17x8, 4.75" backspace
Rear: American Torq-Thrust II, 17x9.5, 5.5" backspace
Color/Paint: Black/Red, PPG Concept Single Stage
Interior: '95 Camaro seats, Vinyl with houndstooth inserts, ACC 90/20, carpets, by Drakefords Upholstery, Autometer Phantom gauges, DSE dash insert, Lokar emergency brake, Hurst shifter
Stereo: Alpine, Lightning front speakers, 2", Pioneer, 6x9 rear speakers