1957 Chevy Bel Air & 1971 Chevy Camaro - The Generation Gap

A Side-By-Side Street Machine Buildup Between Father And Son.

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As for the F-body, it was purchased in 2006 and father and son built it alongside the '57. A Hotchkis/QA1 coilover front suspension was installed, complete with Flaming River rack-and-pinion steering, as was a set of 13-inch cross-drilled and vented rotors and six-piston calipers from Baer (that company's four-piston calipers are employed in the rear).

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Out back, the Camaro makes use of a Strange Engineering-equipped, narrowed 3.73:1 geared Dana 60 using Cal Trac four-link suspension and sprung by QA1 coilovers. Wheels consist of a set of 17x8 (front) and 17x10 rear Budnik billets wrapped with P245/45R17 (front) and P275/40xR17 (rear) Nitto Extreme 555s.

Powering this beast is a Curtis Peters-built 12.5:1 compression 0.030-inch overbore 454 Rat now displacing 468-cid. Cam choice is Competition Cams solid roller with 0.680 lift and 265 degrees duration. The cylinder heads are a set of milled Dart Pro-1 models outfitted with 2.25-inch stainless-steel intake, and 1.88-inch stainless-steel exhaust, while the intake is an Edelbrock Victor Jr. sporting a Barry Grant 1,100 cfm Demon carburetor, and Aeromotive recirculating fuel system. Other items include a set of March pulleys, a Power Master 140 amp alternator, Billet Specialties valve covers and air cleaner, an MSD Pro Billet ignition, and a set of thermal coated Hooker Super Comp headers with Flowmaster mufflers exiting into a 21/2-inch system. Backing all this up is a B&M 700R4 trans.

Caliber Collision Center's Reed was responsible for smoothing out the Camaro's sheetmetal. Modifications include removing the side marker lights, filling in the body seams, smoothing the radiator core support, fabricating a custom cowl cover, smoothing the firewall, shaving the door handles, and molding a set of '69 Camaro parking lights into the front valance.

A Goodmark Industries three-inch cowl induction hood was also added. Then with all body mods completed, Reed sprayed Mark's '71 in Spies Hecker Orange Crush.

Inside, the '71 features a John's Upholstery interior slathered in two-tone-gray leather. Other upgrades include a B&M shifter, Auto Meter gauges, a Billet Specialties steering wheel and Alpine audio system.

"Both the Camaro and my dad's '57 Bel Air were finished in time to be entered in the 2008 ISCA-Dallas Autorama. Would you believe, both cars ended up in the same class? I took a lot of heat from my friends when my father's '57 won "Best in Class." However, I had the last laugh when the Camaro won Super Chevy magazine's "Big Bad Bow Tie" award.




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