1967 Chevrolet Camaro - An Experiment Gone Right

Go fast and get gone in this '67 Camaro

Mike Harrington Jan 31, 2007 0 Comment(s)

Question: What does a guy who builds cars for a living do in his spare time? Answer: He builds more cars.

Nestled deep in the sweltering depths of Dallas, Texas, lies HCC Performance. The guys at HCC don't just build cars; they eat, sleep, and breathe performance Bow Ties. Just ask HCC general manager Tim Mason. Once you get this Texan started talking about cars, you'd better sit awhile. Tim honed his skills building Chevelles. In his spare time he decided to experiment with the F-body and built himself a slick Saturday night cruiser.

This car was built in the time between his customers' builds. Over the course of two years, the '67 convertible was converted from a has-been to a real heavyweight contender. Sitting underneath the hood is a King Kong-sized 6.0-liter LS2. Most of the sheetmetal was removed, and starting with a Fatman Fabrications front clip enabled them to fit in the LS2 perfectly.

Prior to installing the engine, 40 man-hours were spent smoothing the firewall. Since they had already started the firewall, the crew at HCC decided to replace all the floors in the cab and in the trunk. After all the metal was replaced or refurbished, not a speck of rust could be found on the car.

When it came time to wire the Camaro, HCC's Damien Pimpton was responsible for hiding most of what you don't see. Thanks in large part to his skills, all clutter is tucked away and out of sight. In case you're wondering, the body wiring is from Hot Rod Wiring owned by Bill Stanglan, and the LS2 wiring is from Street & Performance.

It's always the subtle things that make a car stand out from the rest. Take, for instance, this Camaro's appearance. All dressed up in Confederate Grey, this F-body will subtly sneak up on you. Truth be told, the PPG colors are actually Silver Blade on the body and Spiral Grey for the stripes.

The inside of the car follows the same color scheme-two tones of leather, Graphite, and Medium Dark Grey were used to complement the outside of the car.

OK, so it's definitely pretty. But can it move out? We're here to testify that the LS2 can run like a scalded ape. This scribe had the chance to drive it on the road course at the Year One show. At 120 mph, I had to let off the gas. It just kept pulling and pulling, and we were only around 4,500 rpm. Tim later informed me that somehow the throttle was not opening correctly; it was only opening 70 percent when I drove. Imagine-all that power came from an out-of-the-box LS2 crate engine.

The engine sports a serpentine system and headers from Street & Performance. An Alumitech Reproductions radiator keeps the engine cool, and CC Classics Air Conditioning from Dallas took care of cooling the occupants. Gearing the power of the LS2 sits a 4L60E transmission, and feeding the fuel in the engine is a Rick's Hot Rod Shop stainless steel tank and pump. A Fatman clip handles all the suspension, and Baer brakes help slow down the 120-mph driver. We're anxious to see what other experiments the guys at HCC can produce.

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