July 2012 Readers’ Rides

Randy Grubbs

1997 30th Anniversary Z28 Camaro

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It was 2007 when Randy Grubbs picked up this ’97 Camrao. It had 56,000 on the ticker and was, for the most part, bone stock. At about the 62,000-mile mark, he decided it just wasn’t quite fast enough. After a disastrous first attempt at a horsepower upgrade (the shop went out of business with many of the new parts in their possession), Randy took the car to Tick Performance in Mooresville, North Carolina, along with the block and stroker kit for assembly. With the car back in shape and running better than ever, Randy was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Needless to say, the car sat for the better part of 2008. Finally able to drive the car in 2009, he got rear-ended. Even with major damage, Randy had the fame tweaked back to straight and repaired the damaged body. While at it, he installed a Moser 9-inch rearend and did some suspension upgrades. In 2010 he painted the car in 30th Anniversary colors as opposed to using the stickers. Upgrades for 2012 include AFR 227 CNC heads and Arizona Marine Monoblade throttle body for better airflow.

Gordon Tokeshi

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1967 RS Camaro

It’s nice to know guys like Gordon Tokeshi are keeping the classic muscle car scene alive and kicking in Hawaii. The self-proclaimed “island boy” built this ’67 RS and even sprayed the PPG Cortez Silver in his carport. The engine is the original 327 only with the addition of camel-back heads. Induction comes by way of an Edelbrock intake and carb, while Hooker Headers remove spent fuel. The stock 10-bolt rearend and 3.08:1 gears remain as well as the factory turbo 350. With a set of 15x7 ralley wheels wrapped in Firestone 255/60-15 out back and 215/65-15 up front, Gordon maintained the classic first-gen’s factory appearance.

Phil Simpler

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1971 Camaro

Some Oregon folks might not take too kindly to the fact that Phil Simpler purchased this nice ’71 off Craigslist only to have the car shipped to his home digs in North Pole, Alaska. Not to worry, Phil has taken care of the ride and upgraded it with a four-bolt 383 stroker armed with a Scat crank and Scat 6-inch I-beam rods and forged flat-top Probe pistons rated at about 10.5:1 compression. A Muncie M-21 four-speed with a Hurst shifter work in conjunction with the rearend Phil got out of an ’81 Trans Am.

Although Phil plans on going with an EZ-EFI system, he’s at a crossroads between a GT Suspension with tubular A-arms from PTFB or going with the Hotchkis TVS system. Either way, we’re sure it’ll be a blast hitting the Alaskan roads in his hopped-up second-gen.

Lou Albano

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1973 Camaro

Lou Albano has been rebuilding ’73 Camaros for over 25 years, and when he found this example in the Midwest, he wasn’t expecting anything special. But when he put it on the lift to have a better look, he noticed the car was in amazing shape and should be brought back to original. The three-year restoration didn’t need a ton of new items. The car has a CE block and Lou took the time to find the correct heads, intake, and carb that were in a ’73 Z28. Now the L82 is back to its original form. More welcome surprises include the car having the original ball joints, springs, and shocks, indicating the 55,000 miles on the odometer are accurate. Lou had the car repainted in its original Code 68 Dark Brown Metallic.

Most often Camaros of this era receive performance overhauls, so Lou was proud to bring back to life a piece of F-body history.

Frank Terry

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1999 Camaro

Twenty-year-old Frank Terry has owned this ’99 for two years now and keeps the car in great shape by using it mostly as a weekend driver. “I was very particular when it came to buying a Camaro. It had to be red, an SS, and have low miles,” relays Frank. “I searched for a few months and found this one in Texas. My dad and I made the trip to see it, and once I heard it fire up, I knew this was the car I’ve always dreamed of having.”


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