For power, Jerry found an original 302 engine, and Bub Whitaker of Burtonsville Machine in Maryland was given the job of building the NHRA-legal Stocker bullet. It was given an 0.030-inch overbore, refreshed forged crank, and original GM pistons with forged connecting rods. Since class rules prohibit porting of any kind, the stock Z/28 heads were left untouched and the stock-sized valves were given a three-angle valve job.
A Crane cam was installed (stock lift, per the rules), along with a fresh stock valvetrain that included original "O"-stamped steel Z/28 rocker arms. Behind the 302 is a Jerico four-speed with Bonafanti clutch parts sending power to a GM 12-bolt rear with Posi-traction and 5.86 gears hung on a fresh set of monoleaf rear springs.
In October of 2008, once the car was back together and running right, Jerry took the '67 to the NHRA Virginia Nationals for its debut in Stocker trim. In the cool fall air, the Camaro laid down a 10.79 at 121.6 mph on its first run. Jerry eventually took the D/Stock trophy for the event. A few weeks later at the NHRA Pennsylvania Dutch Nationals, the Camaro fired off a 10.60 at 124 mph. A year later, at Maple Grove again, the Camaro ran a best of 10.57 at 124.5 mph, only three hundredths off the NHRA D/Stock national record of 10.54. Jerry firmly believes that with the right conditions, the old Z/28 can claim the class record.
High 10-second elapsed times at over 120 miles per hour? Not bad for a little 302 ci small-block that usually carved corners instead of taking home Wallys.