The 1st generation Camaro was a capable pony car that earned its respect on the drag strip since the first time one passed the quarter-mile. The 69 Camaro inherited its drivetrain and major mechanical components from the previous year's model but looked more track worthy thanks to its all-new sheet metal and redesign of its front grille and panels, giving it the appearance of an aggressive competitor. This 1969 Camaro is a ground-up build by Thompson Racing Engines is. It's up for grabs in Florida and has been completely reworked for maximum attack — if you're up for it.
This Camaro has been suited up in tuxedo black paint with white rally stripes. The front showcases a 4-inch Cowl Harwood Outlaw hood paired with an RS Front grille that sits in between a set of manual fold-away headlights, complementing the newly fitted chrome-trimmed front bumper. The car features new windows that have been tinted and new bumpers and spoilers on the front and rear. The mini-tubbed Camaro sits on a set of Billet Specialties polished aluminum rims encased in Mickey Thompson Street ET's (with sportsman upfront). Braking is taken care of with Wilwood manual brakes incorporated with Aerospace Industries Billet calipers finished with slotted and drilled rotors. The inside of the car features the same treatment as the exterior. This completely restored interior includes a new headliner and door panels, a new carpet as well as a brand new, original old school styled set of gauges with a big Auto Meter tach and shift lights. It also comes with a new center console with fully functional gauges and a Hurst flat stick. Occupants are seated in new bucket seats with 5-point safety restraints attached to the easy-access roll cage that comes with a chrome fire extinguisher, just in case.
Where things get interesting are the mechanical attributes of this monster build. The car had been entirely built from the ground up by Thompson Racing Engines. The main attraction is the 512ci big-block engine with Brodix heads that's been created to make a frightening 800HP and 600 plus feet of torque. Additions include a Vic Jr. single-plane intake manifold, JE Pistons, and a Proform 850-CFM D-pumper carb. Attached to the engine are Super Combo 3.5 inch big tube headers with a custom fuel delivery system, fuel cell, and HI-Po battery mounted in the trunk. The engine has reportedly never been run over 4500 rpm and has just 10 hours runtime on the build. The transmission includes a 5-speed manual Tremec TKO 600 coupled to a heavy-duty clutch and plate along with 4:11 Richmond gears, and Strange 33 spline axles narrowed at the rear end. Some supplemental features include TRZ Billet upper and lower control arms and leaf springs with cal tracs out back, a brake line lock, and a manual Flaming River steering box.
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