CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE ALL OF THE STORIES IN THE PROJECT AMERICAN HEROES II BUILD ON THE WEBProject American Heroes II Unveiling at the Joliet Super Chevy ShowPART IPART IIPART IIIPART IVPART VPART VIPART VIIPART VIIIPART IX The starting point of Project American Heroes 2 consisted of a solid '69 Camaro SS roller shell from the left coast with a clear title, and not much else. Bill Jelinek and his team at Route 66 Motorsports in New Lenox, Illinois, had been assigned the task of building the car. To put it mildly, they came through in a big way. All the bigshots had agreed with Jelinek to unveil the Project American Heroes 2 Camaro at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Super Chevy Show at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet on August 8. With less than a week before the Joliet debut, the Camaro was nearly completed. However, there was still work to be done. The work described on the pages before you took place the last week of the build. A quick refresher list of the parts featured on the Project American Heroes includes the Detroit Speed & Engineering front subframe and suspension system, Vintage Air A/C, Baer brakes, the Turn Key Engine Supply LS7 engine, K & N filter, Weiand intake, Hooker headers, TCI Turbo 400 trans hooked up to a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, Inland Empire driveshaft, and Strange Engineering S60 rear. A quick refresher list of the parts featured on the Project American Heroes includes the D Maybe it had to do with this car being the second Project American Heroes vehicle built, but there is no getting around how quickly this car came together. At the Joliet Super Chevy debut, renowned Source Interlink Media publisher Ed Zinke announced to all those gathered that the car had come together in 118 days. Considering the fact that those 118 days included not only the construction of the car but also the majority of the hunting down and coordination of donated parts from the aftermarket suppliers, it is truly a remarkable accomplishment. My occasional flare-up of cynicism led me to expect basic mediocre parts from companies that desired to attach their name to the Project American Heroes Camaro without having to dig too deep into the marketing funds. Said flare-up should have been extinguished immediately. As the parts arrived at Route 66 Motorsports, it became evident that manufacturers were not sending leftovers from two years ago that never sold, and they were not sending us their economy line. Rather, every participating supplier sent us its best stuff. It's as if the vendors were saying, "We're sending nothing but the very best for our military men and women." The PAH2 Camaro turned out to be the recipient of some of the most advanced aftermarket products available. The car is nothing short of an upper echelon, high-performance street machine that does everything very well. It all came together in 118 days...in less than 118 days from now, if you are the winning bidder at Barrett-Jackson, it can come home with you to stay. Detroit Speed & Engineering has developed this wiper kit for first-generation Camaros and Firebirds. It contains a low profile, seven-speed wiper motor with five delays, low speed, high speed, rotary switch with a billet knob, adapter plate, and wiring harness. The CNC aluminum adapter plate mounts the wiper motor to the stock firewall bolt pattern, and nicely clears the valve covers and brake booster. Detroit Speed & Engineering has developed this wiper kit for first-generation Camaros and Route 66 Motorsports' Matt Duque, Jason John, and Kevin Rock carefully install the freshly painted front fender without the wheelhouse. The fender is placed in its approximate location, but left loose. Route 66 Motorsports' Matt Duque, Jason John, and Kevin Rock carefully install the freshly With Kevin and Matt holding the fender slightly elevated, Jason carefully rolls the wheelhouse into position so both the fender and wheelhouse are perfectly aligned. The key word here is patience. Attaching the wheelhouse to the fender prior to installation makes adjustments much more difficult. With Kevin and Matt holding the fender slightly elevated, Jason carefully rolls the wheelh Made from billet aluminum for strength and visual delight, the Ring Brothers hood hinge for 1967-'69 Camaros is a fantastic addition to the engine compartment. Lightyears ahead of the OEM piece, the Ring Brothers hinge can be anodized in a number of colors. In their words, the hinges are "designed for an easy but not bolt-in application, as some adjustment will be necessary." Made from billet aluminum for strength and visual delight, the Ring Brothers hood hinge fo Rather than settle for stock, the lower front valence panel sports Marquez driving lights machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum. The lights come with amber LED's. The face is hand-polished to a show finish, and the mounting brackets are laser cut from stainless steel. Rather than settle for stock, the lower front valence panel sports Marquez driving lights Check out that Weiand intake on our 427 LS7 motor. At this angle, one would think that hood is headed for a 1967 Corvette big-block car. Check out that Weiand intake on our 427 LS7 motor. At this angle, one would think that hoo The Classic Industries front header panel is installed and the gaps turned out beautiful. Detroit Speed & Engineering's RS Headlight Door kit replaces the stock vacuum-actuated system on an RS headlamp-equipped 1968 or 1969 Camaro. In our case with Project American Heroes, which started life as a non-RS Camaro, this kit made the conversion to hide-away headlights much easier. Instead of the complicated and bulky OEM vacuum system that certainly costs a small fortune to accumulate, the DSE kit operates the headlight doors electrically. Detroit Speed & Engineering's RS Headlight Door kit replaces the stock vacuum-actuated sys The DSE RS headlight door kit requires minimal modification, and comes complete with everything needed for installation, including two electric actuators, a control module, harness, mounting brackets, and hardware. It's safe to say that this DSE kit is likely to bring on a welcome wave of RS Camaros, while doing away with a lot of those cars that go down the road winking at you with one door open and another shut. The DSE RS headlight door kit requires minimal modification, and comes complete with every The grille was painted black and then installed with surround moldings from Classic Industries. With excellent service and commitment to the Heroes car, Classic Industries did not once disappoint us in the 118-day adventure. The grille was painted black and then installed with surround moldings from Classic Indust Classic Industries front bumper is installed, a simple bolt-in for the Rock. Jason attaches the OEM-style Classic Industries front spoiler for a nice factory look. Marquez Design makes this custom taillight from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum. It is hand polished to a show finish, and features LED lights. Marquez Design makes this custom taillight from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum. It is hand Studs are installed in the rear panel, and the light attaches to the studs. The Marquez Design light uses OEM gaskets, and fits perfectly to the panel for a clean, distinctive look. Studs are installed in the rear panel, and the light attaches to the studs. The Marquez De A new rear bumper from Classic Industries is readied for installation on the Camaro. Classic Industries supplied the license plate holder. Rock Valley Antique Auto Parts makes this stainless steel tank. All tanks are baffled, pressure-tested, and set up for Stewart-Warner, Sun, VDO, Auto Meter, and Classic sending units. Rock Valley Antique Auto Parts makes this stainless steel tank. All tanks are baffled, pre The Rock Valley tank is made to specifically bolt into the stock location of the Camaro. Rock Valley includes stainless steel mounting straps for the tank. The Rock Valley tank is made to specifically bolt into the stock location of the Camaro. R Classic Industries sells these OER door handles. Though the temptation to shave the door handles was strong, Jelinek decided to leave the door handles on the car to simplify usage for the new owner. Classic Industries sells these OER door handles. Though the temptation to shave the door h Bassani Exhaust supported the cause with a wide selection of J bends, U bends, pipe, and, of course, its stainless steel custom mufflers. Its mufflers are made from T-304 stainless steel, which is far more corrosion resistant than aluminized or mild steel. The Bassani mufflers are completely MIG welded. There are no spot welds or bead locked (crimped) seams anywhere. Although its exhaust systems can be welded in place, the complete exhaust systems use a gasketless ball and socket connection or a slip connection for strong fit and ease of installation. The scavenging effect of these mufflers enhances torque, horsepower, and gas mileage. Bassani Exhaust supported the cause with a wide selection of J bends, U bends, pipe, and, Kevin mocks up the Bassani exhaust system for install. The Inland Empire driveshaft is attached while the car is on the rack. The driveshaft is built with 1026 drawn tubing, and is stronger, straighter, and rounder than the cold rolled tubing common in original equipment. Each shaft is built to insure a proper centerline of rotation based on its universal joints, resulting in shaft run-out tolerances to one half or less of those required by original equipment manufacturers. Kevin mocks up the Bassani exhaust system for install. The Inland Empire driveshaft is att For the first time, Project American Heroes 2 moves under its own power. Jelinek is at the wheel, Matt is checking underneath the car, and the rest of the crew gives the car a send off. For the first time, Project American Heroes 2 moves under its own power. Jelinek is at the SOURCES Armed Forces Foundation www.armedforcesfoundation.org Marquez Design Baer Brakes 3108 W. Thomas Rd., Ste. 1201 Phoenix AZ 85017 602-233-1411 www.baer.com Ring Brothers Bassani Manufacturing 2900 E. La Jolla Anaheim CA 92806 866-782-3283 www.bassani.com Rock Valley Antique Auto Parts, Inc. (800) 344-1934 Classic Industries 8-66/-656-1706 www.classicindustries.com Route 66 Motorsports 8-15/-462-0090 www.rt66motorsports.com Detroit Speed & Engineering 7-04/-662-3272 www.detroitspeed.com Route 66 Parts 8-15/-462-0090 www.rt66parts.com Gear Vendors, INC. 8-00/-999-9555 6-19/-562-0060 www.gearvendors.com TCI Automotive 151 Industrial Dr. Ashland MS 38603 662-224-8972 www.tciauto.com Hooker Headers (FlowTech / Hooker ) Turn Key Engine Supply 7-60/-941-2741 www.turnkeyenginesupply.com Inland Empire Driveline Service N/A iedls.com Vintage Air, Inc. 8-00/-862-6658 2-10/-654-7171 www.vintageair.com K&N Engineering, Inc. Riverside CA 8-00/-858-3333 knfilters.com By Arvid Svendsen Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!