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1969 Camaro Project American Heroes Two Brake System, Engine, and Trans Install - Getting Dressed For Battle

Project American Heroes Is Ready To Take On Road Or Track Thanks To Its LS7, Overdrive And Giant Brakes, Wheels And Tires.

By Arvid Svendsen, Photography by Agent 147

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE ALL OF THE STORIES IN THE PROJECT AMERICAN HEROES II BUILD ON THE WEB

Project American Heroes II Unveiling at the Joliet Super Chevy Show

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The progress on the Project American Heroes 1969 LS7 Camaro continues at a fever pitch at Route 66 Motorsports, New Lenox, Illinois. Like a warrior getting dressed for battle, this Camaro is being equipped with the most technologically advanced performance weapons known to man. This street machine will not only have killer looks, but the performance to back up the image.

One of the coolest features about the Project American Heroes Camaro is the drivetrain. Don't misunderstand, the car is absolutely stunning-the Route 66 Motorsports build quality is spectacular and spot-on accurate to the Brockmeyer rendering. But the LS7 Turn Key Engine Supply motor spewing forth some 562 horsepower through the Gear Vendors Overdrive-equipped TCI Turbo 400 transmission promises miles of smiles for the fortunate future owner. TCI is a company that has long been known for building some of the best transmissions in both the racing and high performance street machine market. The TCI Turbo 400 will be complemented by a Gear Vendors Overdrive, which will provide an overdrive for each gear, creating a military strength six-speed automatic. Advantages are voluminous.

The Gear Vendors/TCI Turbo 400 combination increases performance by minimizing the rpm drop during shifts. Engine rpm drops are approximately half of what they are without the Gear Vendors Overdrive unit. As a result, rpm is sustained, allowing the car to stay in the higher rpm where there is more torque and more horsepower. The ratio splitting capability created by this Gear Vendors/TCI setup allows our LS7 Camaro to shift to a gear with more mechanical advantage than the next stock gear in a non-Gear Vendors equipped automatic transmission. Going through the gears with the Gear Vendors setup is an absolute kick to drive, increases fuel economy, and makes the car feel more aggressive. The short rpm drop during shifts is reminiscent of some screaming assault vehicle engaging in battle.

Not only will Project American Heroes possess frightening go power, it will also incorporate six-piston caliper, Baer Brakes "whoa power." Just released, the new 6P calipers feature a six stainless steel piston configuration with six crossbolts to maximize caliper stiffness and rigidity. The stiffness of a brake caliper is the ability to maintain its shape under all braking conditions. With Baer's 6P calipers clamping down on the 14-inch rotors front and back, the Project American Heroes will deliver outstanding braking feel and feedback to the driver. As an extra benefit, these new Baer 6P calipers achieve superior stopping ability while weighing only 6.5 lbs.

Serious go, insane whoa, and all-business "show" will be accomplished with the Intro G Cube wheels and BFGoodrich G Force TA KDW tires. Up front, 18x10-inch Intro Wheels (with 4.5-inches of backspacing) mount 275/35ZR18s, while rear 18x10 Intros (with 5.5-inches of backspacing) mount 295/35ZR18s. The black-center Intro Wheels give the Camaro a definite road-race persona.

Have you ever noticed that people who know what they are doing make even the most difficult task seem simple? Such is the case for the crew at Route 66 Motorsports. The PAH2 car is consistent with every car that rolls out of their shop. Says owner Bill Jelinek, "When we build a car, we are all about safety, technology, durability, and driveability. We build cars to perform well and drive comfortably, but most importantly, we build them to be safe."

Asked about highlight of their participation in the Project American Heroes build, Jelinek admits that the quality of parts from the vendors helped tremendously. "Building the Project American Heroes car has been relatively easy with the quality of parts from the vendors who participated. But the real highlight of the Project American Heroes involvement has been knowing that the car will ultimately help support the work of the Armed Forces Foundation. If it wasn't for our military people doing their job, we wouldn't be able to do our job."

They fight for our freedom, and lay down their lives so we can enjoy security. That's why we call them heroes. Get your checkbooks ready, buyers, we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Time for motor and trans to find their home in one very red 1969 Camaro.

The Vintage Air LS Front Runner system features the smallest component package available for easier engine swaps into older vehicles. These kits include Vintage Air's exclusive machined truss-type mounting bracket, Stewart Hi-Performance aluminum water pump, Delphi-Saginaw power steering pump with Integral Reservoir, Sanden SD7 compressor with formed aluminum hardlines, 140 amp alternator, optimized-ratio aluminum pulleys, ATI harmonic balancer, ARP polished stainless bolt kit, and Dayco serpentine belt. Bright finish package or black anodized kits are available.

SOURCES
Armed Forces Foundation
www.armedforcesfoundation.org
Hooker Headers FlowTech / Hooker
2-70/-781-9741
www.holley.com/index.asp?divisio
n=Hooker
BFGoodrich
1 Parkway S.
P.O. Box 19001
Greenville
SC  29602-9001
865-458-5000
Intro Wheels
8-00/-45I-NTRO
8-00/-454-6876
www.introwheels.com
Baer Brakes
3108 W. Thomas Rd.,
Ste. 1201
Phoenix
AZ  85017
602-233-1411
www.baer.com
Route 66 Motorsports
8-15/-462-0090
www.rt66motorsports.com
Classic Industries
8-66/-656-1706
www.classicindustries.com
Route 66 Parts
8-15/-462-0090
www.rt66parts.com
Detroit Speed & Engineering
7-04/-662-3272
www.detroitspeed.com
TCI Automotive
151 Industrial Dr.
Ashland
MS  38603
662-224-8972
www.tciauto.com
Earl's Performance Plumbing
Long Beach
CA
310-609-1602
www.holley.com
Turn Key Engine Supply
7-60/-941-2741
www.turnkeyenginesupply.com
Flex-a-lite Consolidated
7213 45th St., Unit E
Fife
WA  98424
800-851-1510
Vintage Air, Inc.
8-00/-862-6658
2-10/-654-7171
www.vintageair.com
Gear Vendors, INC.
8-00/-999-9555
6-19/-562-0060
www.gearvendors.com
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