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Hi all. It's been a while since I finished up my first Camaro, and as I am on the verge of finishing up my '55 Bel Air 4-door family cruiser, I'm getting started on some of my other projects. This one is a car that I bought for my younger son, Chris, for his first birthday (can't start them too young) and have been getting the engine and other components ready for assembly over the past few years. I'm taking her pretty close back to original with some modifications. She was originally an RS, Marina Blue with black deluxe interior, 275HP 327 with a Saginaw 3 speed, 10-bolt rear end, and drum brakes. Although the engine that came with the car is a healthy '68 327, my friend had a '67 327 block with the proper code for an L30 car, albeit with a PG, so I bought that and had the same shop that built my ZL1 engine build the short block for me. My plan for her is to use the new 327 and a Muncie 4-speed that I purchased, as well as a 10-bolt that I had built for my first Camaro with 3.42 rear gear and posi, as well as install four wheel disc brakes, A/C, and lower her about 2 inches front and rear, along with a Hotchkis sway bar set. The family I bought her from did a tremendous amount of work and almost had her ready for paint, so much of the work that I had to do on my first car. I also have a thing for blue Camaros, and this one had to be mine!



 

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Hi all. It's been way too long since I posted anything on Team Camaro, but I'm working on two cars simultaneously, and figured it was time for an update. A few years back I had Rex Hutchison's shop here in town build the short block 327 for this Camaro, but I hadn't gotten started on installing the RHS heads on it. So a few months back I had a rainy, quiet Saturday and decided to tear down the old '67 283 that was in my '55 Bel Air 4-door when I bought it, and since I'd put the ZZ430 clone I had originally built for my first Camaro into the Bel Air, I had this 283 up on the engine stand and wanted to see what condition it was in. To my surprise, once I got the insanely heavy cast iron 2 barrel intake manifold off the engine I found a really good set of internals, and to my surprise, a set of 1967 462 casting double hump heads. Since I like the thought of going "period correct", I decided to have these heads cleaned up and rebuilt, and installed on the short block back at Rex' shop. This should be a good match for a proper L30 car, and I'll talk to the shop manager about the cam recommendation for this engine. Perusing the YouTube videos, I love the sound of the old 30-30 cams, but I'll leave it up to the experts, and not my ears.
 
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