Having a passion for something can make us blind to the facts, and there's no exception for Danny Hansard of Cumming, Georgia.
Seven years ago, Danny received a call from a friend of a friend who had spotted a '68 Camaro parked in a barn. After a few phone calls, Danny arranged an appointment check out the first-gen.
Over the years Danny and his two sons, Tim and Terry, have built a number of Camaros--and not just your run of the mill hot rods, but Gold Class stuff. Walking up to the Camaro in the barn Danny wiped away the dust, revealing an original Rally Sport, four-speed. It appeared to Danny that the only issue had to do with rust in the trunk. And while the owner was asking far north of what Danny was looking to spend, he closed the deal on the '68.
After adding fresh fuel and a new battery, Danny got the car started and attempted to drive it home - I said attempted. Upon entering a busy intersection in Friday afternoon traffic, the front brake locked up. It took a little MacGyver action utilizing a Swiss Army Knife in order for Danny to finally make it home.
The next day, Danny and his sons went over the car with a fine-tooth comb. The reveals were not the best; the rear quarters were someone's artwork consisting of wire mesh, duct tape, aluminum foil and body filler. Buyers beware: What appears on the surface to be a grey-primered car almost ready for paint, may not be. Moving past his initial disappointment, Danny vowed to move forward.
Years later, Danny has finished his project and that's what you're seeing here. Some main attributes include a 355cid SBC, built by Johnny Thomas of Thomas Racing Engines in Cumming, Georgia; a Tremec 5-speed transmission; and a Quick Fuel 750 cfm carburetor. The accessory drive is handled by a Concept One twin serpentine system.
Wilwood was called upon to handle the stopping duties with 12-inch stoppers on the front and 11s out back. Fat Man Fabrications was called upon with its subframe and stainless upper and lower control arms. American Racing's 17-inch Torq Thrust wheels were chosen for rolling stock and wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber.
The interior is stock-type custom houndstooth by Danny himself, although Danny said what would have taken a professional a day, took him a couple of weeks. But looking at the finished results, we're sure it was all worth it in the end.