I think I now know how a First Place marathon runner must feel when he breaks the tape and crosses that finish line. This marathon endurance job of making an ugly Camaro look good has finally come to an end, and to tell the truth, it seemed as if it would never come. The greatest thing about crossing this finish line is the self-satisfaction of being 100-percent involved from start to finish. A big thanks to staffer Grant Peterson for banging out the nasty crease in this Camaro and giving us some good pointers on how to prep a car for paint, and also to Roy Landgrave, the instructor of the Auto Body program at Chino High School. This Camaro has evolved from being just a paint job, to a car that has a constant color theme of black and red, with a few minor custom features thrown in for fun.
If you notice, we decided not to repaint the headlight area black. Camaros don't have black eyes; they give them. We also painted the grille, louvers, and smoked the taillights. We also decided not to put all the decals back onto the car. Less is more, right? But we didn't lose the badges that fit into the lower part of the ground effects. Believe it or not, '88 IROC-Z badges are not available in any catalog I have seen. To add to the final scheme of this project, we ordered some ZR-1-style wheels from SLP performance parts. They have a new "Hyper Black" painted wheel just for the Third-Gen Camaro, which fits this whole project beautifully. To round out the package, we added a set of 245/45 Toyo Proxes tires to the SLP wheels. Take a look in Camaro Performers magazine, as we are going to do some road testing on this Camaro with its new rolling stock. There we will have the track numbers to show you.
What do you do when your daily driver is finally painted, cut, buffed, polished, and waxed? Obviously you enjoy it, and drive it. But there are a few more things that you can do to really "church it up" with the final product. Since the beginning of this project we tried to keep it as budget-oriented as possible, and we'll be showing you a few more tips on keeping your project within your desired financial boundaries.
While we were working on the Camaro at Chino High School, former student Mario Wingate gave us a great custom tip on how to "smoke" our taillights and give them a tinted look. He even offered to help us do it. As you can probably guess, we accepted his help.