Christmas may have already passed, but it’s never too early to start the wishlist for next year. That 1968 Chevrolet Camaro muscle car fitted with a NASCAR V8 ripped off from a very recent racing car model should be right at the top of your list.
Even if you were not a car fan, this Chevrolet Camaro would absolutely grab your attention. The howl of the high-voltage small block breaking its red line at 7,000 rpm, coupled with the high-pitched whine of the straight-cut gears in the dogbox transmission, ensures that.
The Chevrolet Camaro is owned by Dennis McCarthy whose father is the man responsible for building all the cars you’ve seen in the Fast and Furious movies. Apparently that old asphalt racer with a perfectly good NASCAR-spec V8 engine was just buzzing around in his dad’s store. The perfect donor vehicle.
The engine is built entirely with stuff like adjustable Jesel shaft rockers, solid roller cam, and adjustable lifters. It is designed for high revs, with an estimated horsepower of 500 in a car weighing less than 3,000 lbs.
The Jerico WC4-4 transmission is even better than the engine in the Chevrolet Camaro. The WC4-4 is an older NASCAR Winston Cup four-speed drivetrain from the early 2000s most likely. The straight-cut gearbox makes it possible to change gears without a clutch, regardless of the violence of the transmission behavior. Power is routed to the ground via a 4.88 gear at the rear, which means this thing must be unbearably loud at highway speeds. This is the compromise to change at will.
To cope with the new forces, an original subframe and monocoque, but reinforced by a full cage that extends forward through the firewall and rearward into the trunk, a stabilizer bar Hotchkiss, Detroit Speed lower control arms and JRi triple adjustment coilovers. And it all rides on 18-inch Minilite-style wheels, the rears are a 315 and sport Dodge Demon-spec rubber. Everything is brought to life with the help of a set of big Wilwood brakes, which is common on restored versions of the Chevrolet Camaro.
The interior of this Chevy muscle car is completely redone with an old-fashioned Trans-Am or early NASCAR vibe. Tin dashboard, central tachometer, with the rest of the critical gauges shifted to the side. Low buckets and Simpson harnesses complete the look. Hope you remember your HANS device.