This 1969 Camaro began its life as a true V8 convertible in RS trim. The Restoration process required that nearly all the original sheetmetal be replaced. What remained original were the Rocker Panels, Cowl and Windshield Frame. None of the original Drivetrain remained So with options wide open it was decided that the car would be a Resto Mod - Custom Build. Chosen for power and reliability was a combination from a 2004 GTO. This consists of a modern LS-1 mated to a not quite stock 4L60E Automatic Transmission. Inside the bellhouse is a 3500 Stall Torque Convertor. A Comp Cams Camshaft opens the valves and their Street & Performance Headers flow exhaust gasses to a Flowmaster 2 Mandrel Bent Exhaust system with Flowmaster 40 series Mufflers. A new Fuel Tank was fitted with an internal EFI pump to ensure long fuel pump life. These power modificationss boosted the LS-1s output to a dyno-tuned and verified Rear Wheel Horsepower of 335 and the Torque 300 ft/lb. The engine compartment is super clean with much metal smoothing and super slick body color even on the underside of the hood. A body color Radiator filler panel sits up front over an Aluminum AFCO Dual Pass Radiator with Dual 10 Fans. Ring Brothers billet hinges are the works of art that hold up the hood. A March Billet aluminum Serpentine Belt System circulates the drive belt. Chromed coil covers brighten up the electrics. A Performance Products Aluminum Intake pulls fresh air through a Custom Built Polished Aluminum Air Intake system. All underhood plumbing is Braided Stainless and Wire harness is wrapped in Black Tech Flex Covering. Power enhancements are complemented with suspension component and configuration changes, as well as capable braking. Up front - Speedtechs Tubular Upper and Lower Control Arms guide custom spindles. Single Adjustable QA-1 Coilover Shocks provide the damping and a 1 1/8 Swaybar keeps the RS flat. 13 C-5 Corvette Brakes provide the stopping power. In the rear - a sound foundation for the suspension comes in the form of solid aluminum Body Mounts, Welded Hotchkis Subframe Connectors with the Heavy Duty Convertible Brace. The Springs are Hotchkis 1 1/2 Drop Leafs & Swaybar. Damping is handled by QA-1 Single Adjustable Shocks. The rear drive is via a Ford 9 Rear end with 3.50 Final drive and a Positraction Differential. Rear Brakes are Wilwood Calipers with 12 1/8 Discs. The RS accelerates, turns and stops - like an exotic sportscar. The RS is also thick with aesthetic and functional enhancements both inside and out. The RS Hideaway Headlights are fully operational, powered by a set of modern electric linear actuators by Detroit Speed Engineering. Turn lamps are custom billet aluminum. Stock RS Reverse Lights are complemented by a set of Billet Taillamps which house LED assemblies wired for sequential operation. The trunk is accessed by a Power Release which is fired from inside the car. A Custom Trunk enclosure houses Stereo components and the Battery. All new power converitible top components throughout with new Gaskets - covered in a Custom Stayfast canvas top. The flawless Dupont Inferno Orange dominant color is offset by Painted RS Stripes in Dark Grey. All new glass and stainless trim makes for a complete look. Front bumper is dechromed in favor of a body color flexible Endura piece. Rear Bumper gets the same treatment aesthetically by smoothing and painting a formerly chrome bar. Inside, a Bowden Customs built custom center console houses the Stereo Head Unit, 2 Power Ports, Trunk Release, Garage Door Opener, and Power Window Switches. A Lokar Shifter with an illuminated gear selection indicator controls the 4L60E in the tunnel. Front door panels are new from Deluxe. The Front, Rear, and Side Panels are custom made to house the speakers for the amazing Sound System designed and installed by Benchmark Auto Sound. The cockpit of the RS features Autometer Muscle Car gauges and a Grant Walnut steering wheel. Heat and Cooling is courtesy of a Vintage Air System. 2002 Camaro Front Seats and Stock rear have been covered in leather with suede inserts and trimmed with orange piping to carry the outside color in. Rolling Stock is Hankook 245/45/18s in the Front and 275/40/18 in the Rear, wrapped around 18x8 Boost Wheels by Billet Specialties.
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