July 2012 Readers’ Rides

Since then, Bryce has upgraded the car with a multitude of aftermarket goodies including a 388ci small-block with Vortech heads, Proform aluminum intake, Holley carb, Hooker headers, MSD HEI distributor, and COMP hydraulic roller cam. Coming in at about 425 hp and 440 lb-ft, he wisely upgraded the drivetrain starting with a Strange Dana S-60 rearend loaded with 3.73 gears and a posi unit. A B&M Holeshot converter, B&M turbo 350 trans with shift kit, and B&M shifter handle the newfound grunt. A Hotchkis TVS suspension was added for better handling and Cragar Quick Trick wheels fit the ’70s motif perfectly.

Chris Shallcross

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1969 Z/28

Chris Shallcross remembers sitting shotgun in his Uncle Richie’s red ’69 Z/28 with ’80s metal cranking through the 6x9’s and Uncle Richie gripping the Hurst T-handle shifter and bangin’ through the gears of the four-speed. He was just 5 or 6 years old at the time, but that was a defining moment when he knew he too would some day own a Camaro just like his uncle’s. Fast-forward to his sophomore year in college and his dad, Tom, had purchased a beat-up ’69, which was ripe for a major restoration. For the next 13 years the duo not only restored the car to its former glory, but they managed to painstakingly accumulate the correct parts to restore this classic first-gen to its original Z/28 heritage.

David Osborne

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1992 Camaro

We hear a lot about Camaros being saved from a life of abuse. Such was the case when David Osborne discovered this ’92, which was heading for a life of quarter-mile exposure. “When I came across the car it was in bare metal and had no seats or door panels,” said David. “The guys who were building it were in the process of making it a drag car and had ran out of money, so I spent the last six years turning it into a street machine.”

David dropped in a 5.7L LS1 and stroked it to a 383 and added a six-speed. David scoured eBay, Craigslist, and various junkyards for all the Z28 goodness, but not before he and a buddy took care of all the bodywork and paint.

Next up for David is an ’86 IROC. We’ll be looking forward to seeing that one as well.

Ed Salazar

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1967 Camaro

As most of us who are into classic cars know, our projects are just never quite done, even though they may seem completely finished to the average car enthusiast. Ed Salazar can totally relate, as his nicely restored ’67 is a perfect example. Over the past few years he’s been slowly replacing bits and pieces as time and money allowed. He is quick to point out that the car runs great, though. And it should. It’s got a 350 bored .30 over and features a Holley Street Dominator intake manifold and a 750 double-pumper. The engine was built before Ed purchased it, so he’s not sure on the cam specs, but he did mention, “it has a nice lope to it.” A Turbo 350 trans, and 3.73 gears out back make it a fun ride—so much so, that Ed’s been hitting the streets in his favorite ride just about every weekend.

Eric Ross

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2000 Camaro

Eric Ross has been smitten with the Camaro ever since he can remember. “Every time I saw a Camaro drive by, it would stop me in my tracks,” Eric reminiscences. “Finally, about two years ago, I was able to get behind the wheel of a ’00 LS1-powered Z28. I drove to Atlanta to pick it up and drove it all the way home in Raleigh, North Carolina, and it didn’t miss a lick.”

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