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1969 Camaro "Aluminator"

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This car started as a beautiful ZL-1 clone, patterned after the show car that was built in 69, other than the paint scheme. The first thing I did was convert the Yenko block to FAST EFI, add a 2004R in place of the TH400, and add Baer brakes and 17" Torque Thrust wheels with F1's. This combo made 485 rwhp and almost 600 rwtq and was fun to drive.

But soon the "more power" bug hit and since I'd done a couple of centrifugal superchargers in the past I bought one for the 468. The motor came out again and was put together as a blower-specific engine this time. I bought the kit from SD Concept Engineering. Great people with a LOT of knowledge on these blowers. This setup made 720 rwhp at only 5500 rpm, shutting off the Dynapack chassis dyno for exceeding it's torque range. At that point I knew it was making too much power to live with the old ZL-1 block and since it had value I sold it and purchased a new Arias block.

The Arias is a 4.5" bore and 4.25" stroke to end up at 540 cid.  I added a D1SC Procharger and swapped the auto trans to a TKO. After I sold the car the new owner had it dynoed at  828 rwhp and 823 rwtq with a plug wire off. :)

A good friend of mine Stuart Adams ended up with the car, and he sent it to Detroit Speed to have some modifications made. DSE did a complete minitub in the rear, along with a custom dash, Fikse wheels, and a lot of detailing to the engine compartment. The pictures at the beginning of the slide show reflect those changes, and it's current look. If you want to see more pics of the modifications done, go to Detroit Speed

Quick Specs

Arias aluminum block  4.5" bore

Callies 4.25" crank

Oliver rods

Ross blower  pistons 

Canfield aluminum heads

Victor Jr. EFI intake with 90 degree Wilson elbow. Accufab monoblade tb

Comp billet solid roller


Be Cool radiator with Mark VIII fan

Vintage Air a/c

TKO 5 speed with McLeod dual disc clutch

Currie aluminum housing, 35 spline traction-loc and 3.50 gears

Factory deluxe interior

Corbeau seats with factory deluxe covers

Torque Thrust 2 wheels...17X8 front and 17X9.5 rear (before Detroit Speed mods)

Goodyear 245/45-17 front and BFG 275-40-17 drag radials rear (before Detroit Speed mods)

Fikse wheels... 18X9.5" front and 18X12" rear

265/35 front and 335/30 rear tires

Wayne Due C4 front clip

Baer 13" brakes/rotors front/rear

Koni coil overs