1968 Chevrolet Camaro. V8 GM LS3, 525 hp/6,300rpm 489 lb-ft/4,400rpm Engine. GM 4L70E Transmission. 9-inch 4.11 gears Truetrac DS 31-spline.
1968 Camaro resto mod. Built by the multiple award winning Hot Rods by Dean out of Phoenix, Arizona. Goodguys Mighty Muscle award winner.
The stock front clip remains but a Detroit Speed Inc. Speed Kit 3 replaces the steering and suspension components. It includes tubular arms, antiroll bar, and springs and double-adjustable QA1 Proma Star coilovers and 2-inch dropped knuckles.
Big-block power with a LS 376 power. It’s a combination that not only sheds a ton of weight by dint of its all-aluminum small-block construction but also churns out 489 lb-ft torque at 4,400 rpm and 525 hp at 6,300 rpm.
From front to back, the engine sports a Vintage Air Front Runner, a Spectre filter on a bespoke intake tube, and shorty-style Sanderson 1 5/8-inch-diameter headers. Those lead to a 2 1/2-inch-diameter exhaust system that passes a 4L70E automatic on its way back to 50-series Flowmasters.
Transmission, Axle, and Driveline in Phoenix built the driveshaft.
The body remains largely stock. The only significant visible changes come from a stock-style Goodmark cowl-induction hood, Ringbrothers door handles, Eddie Motorsports hood hinges, and a 1969-style valance. But looks can be deceiving on such a low-contrast machine. Case in point, the bumpers, which were custome fabricated, narrowed, thinned, and tucked closer to the body. Oh yeah, and the spoilers. The shop built those specifically for the car.
One of DSE’s QUADRALink rear suspensions follows suit. It has the 9-inch-style housing with 4.11:1 gears on a Truetrac limited-slip carrier and 31-spline shafts. A set of DSE subframe connectors fortifies the body between the ends.
The DSE suspension makes a promise that the body can’t quite keep, at least in the rear. A 5.5-inch backspace on 17x8 Schott Mach V wheels lets Nitto NT555 245/45s fit perfectly on the front. The same offset but on an 18x10 wheel with a 295/45 Nitto made the rear tire look perfectly centered at the opening, but it took a set of DSE mini tubs for the tire to squeeze into the wheel well.
The interior runs a Billet Specialties D-shaped Camber steering wheel atop an ididit column. A set of Auto Meter Carbon Fiber Ultra-Lite gauges mount in a Classic Dash insert. The crew installed a Vintage Air climate-control system, wired the car with an American Autowire harness, and built panels to install an elaborate JVC/Rockford Fosgate audio system.
From there Glenn Kramer at Hot Rod Interiors by Glenn in Glendale, Arizona, fabricated the center console, modified a pair of ’00 Firebird seats, and trimmed everything in black and gray leather and suede.