Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Some guys like to make a grand entrance, but other guys, like the one who built this "arrest-me-yellow" 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Street, prefer to kick the door in and shoot off some fireworks when they show up. If that's your style, then this is your car, because it's anything but subtle, but the overall aggressive look still manages to be quite tasteful. And with a 400 Dart 'Little M' V8 propped up with loads of performance goodies under the hood, a built transmission that handles the power, and a tubbed and roll-caged chassis to plant it all down, this street brawler has the race-grade equipment to back up those looks.
This Camaro has it going ON! Dig the lowered and raked stance, the fully-stuffed wheel arches, and the eyeball-sizzling Yellow paint it's obvious this Pro Street wants attention. There aren't many cars that are more perfectly proportioned than the early Camaro, and the Pro Street treatment on this one only enhances what is already a slam-dunk design. Add that big 'ol, 6-inch cowl induction hood, a blacked-out SS grille, chin spoiler, and a stock ducktail spoiler out back and this 1st generation Camaro still manages to have a very OEM performance look, yet this brute will definitely stand out, no worries there. Thankfully, despite the car's pink-slip acquiring intentions, it hasn't been radically altered from stock, and in fact, other than the Hardwood fiberglass hood, the rest of the car is still All-American, GM steel. The paint is strong driver-quality throughout, and yes, it has acquired a couple of minor imperfections since the car was built just over 4,500 miles ago, but compared to most Pro Street cars (especially the ones you see at the drag strip), it's off-the-charts nice. Chrome bumpers fore and aft are in great shape and add some much-needed contrast, as does the subsequent brightwork around the car's glass and lighting (not to mention the bright door handles and side mirrors), and the dark-tinted windows add a modicum of private mystery to complete this brawler's hard-case look.
There's just enough race gear inside to make the point that this is no garden-variety Camaro, but it remains very streetable despite the performance parts and roll cage. For example, there are beautiful stock black door panels at the flanks, a full black carpet set on the floor (although some of it was cut-out to make way for the racing shifter), including a fully finished rear seating area that hasn't been completely taken over by wheel tubs. Procar bucket seats up front are performance grade but still comfortable enough for long hauls, and they come wrapped in a grippy black vinyl that's continued on what's left of the rear bench out back. The stock dash remains in place as well, painted yellow to match the exterior and protected with a supple black dashpad, and it's been filled with a set of AutoMeter ProComp gauges that keep a close eye on the organized violence under the hood. A leather-wrapped billet steering wheel anchors the cockpit, and it comes mounted atop a tilt column that makes everything roomier behind the wheel, while the B&M Magnum grip shifter mounted atop the transmission hump practically taunts the driver to bang through the gears. She's not all rough-and-tumble inside though, as you also get a full Vintage Air A/C system, an AudioVox AM/FM/Cassette stereo, a taut headliner, seatbelts, and even a set of floormats up front. There's more performance gear in the finished trunk, which offers a race-grade fuel cell and a relocated battery, respectively encased in a couple gorgeous polished boxes.
Technically, this Camaro still offers a small block as it's powered by a SBC 400 V8 Dart 'Little M' engine, but it certainly moves like a big block. Filled with the best-of-the-best, the Dart engine features Eagle forged connecting rods and steel crank, SRP aluminum racing pistons and rings, ARP studs, bolts, and connectors, Comp roller lifters and pushrods, Crane girdles, and a Cam Motion custom mechanical roller cam and rocker arms with a 1.6" lift. You also get ported and polished Brodix heads, a Weaind tunnel-ram aluminum intake, and a Holley EFI system that works with a Holley billet fuel pump, filters, and inch braided fuel lines to feed this monster, and a BeCool polished aluminum radiator with dual fans to keep it nice and cool. A Holley hyperspark billet distributor and ignition box means it fires with ease, and this fire-breather exhales through ceramic-coated Hooker headers that feed into a custom H-pipe dual exhaust system with shorty Flowmasters that sound EPIC. The completely finished engine bay is a thing of beauty, ready to be shown off with those Chevrolet valve covers, serpentine belt system complete with billet pulleys, and a sparkling air cleaner. A built TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with a B&M 3800 stall convertor handles all that power with ease, spinning that tubbed
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