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Big-block power motivates Tony DeLuca’s ’70 Chevelle, and by design the car retains all the ’70s spirit it was born with. Check out the full feature and story starting on page 16.
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Tony DeLuca’s ’70 Chevelle
Norman Brown’s ’72 Nova
Pete Dayotas Jr.’s ’65 El Camino
Steve Chryssos’ Pro Touring ’68 Camaro
Assembly of Chevrolet Performance’s 1,004hp ZZ632
Part 2: Deep Breathing
How to Install Modern Gauges in Your First-Gen Camaro
How to Install TREMEC’s TKX Five-Speed in a Second-Gen Camaro
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very so often useless thoughts get tangled in my head—most I’m unable to delete. They just stick there taking up valuable space. Lately, I’ve been thinking about all the super high-end Chevy muscle cars that get unveiled at SEMA and debut at the Detroit Autorama, Grand National Roadster Show, and other high-profile events. Some of these cars get tons of promotion prior to the show, only to never be seen or heard from once the awards are handed out.

This isn’t true with all cars, but it seems many of them don’t get driven much further than up the ramp and into the trailer on the final day of the show. I know that hundreds of thousands of dollars go into these cars, with some reaching six figures, so that makes it somewhat understandable as to why the owner would hesitate to risk any kind of damage after such a big spend. But that just begs the question, ‘Why the hell would anyone build a car with little or no plans to drive it?’

I’ve recently seen a couple Grand National Roadster Show award-winning cars turn up at a local SoCal cruise spot and then make their way up Pacific Coast Highway driving alongside the “regular” cruisers. It’s refreshing to see the owners getting their rides out for a weekend drive and using them as intended.

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1. Anglemasters

Wilwood now offers a high-performance master cylinder with angled reservoirs specifically designed for GM cars and trucks with angled boosters. These 1- or 11/8-inch bore master cylinders are precision-machined and engineered to deliver volume and pressure for upgraded brakes, with reservoirs designed for easy filling without spilling.

The lightweight, high-pressure die-cast aluminum body Compact Remote Tandem Master Cylinder uses Wilwood’s proven internal design and adds all-new 7.8-ounce front and 4.7-ounce rear angled reservoirs.

For more information, contact Wilwood Disc Brakes by calling (805) 388-1188 or visit

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2. Premium Camaro Quarters

Auto Metal Direct (AMD) now offers new premium quarter-panels for the ’69 Camaro. The latest re-tooled versions will save you time in fit and finish as AMD focused on areas that have troubled these quarter-panel reproductions in the past, like the door gap, tail panel seams, the deck filler, and decklid intersection, to name a few. Stamped from high-quality OE gauge steel on their exclusive new tools, each quarter-panel features correct original shape, size, bends, curves, and body lines.

For more information, contact Auto Metal Direct by calling (888) 255-3485 or visit

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3. Climate Controllers

Dakota Digital is proud to unveil the DCC-4000 Series of digital climate controls.

The DCC-4000 plugs directly into Vintage Air Gen IV A/C systems, offering the user full climate-control functionality. Select your preferred temperature and the DCC-4000 takes it from there, offering varying fan speed and cooling needs to hold a comfortable level. Available with a chrome or black housing finish, the display color theme is user-configurable, as is the orientation of horizontal or vertical.

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ohn Barefield of JABZ Kustoms is building up a wicked Camaro convertible that should go, stop, and turn as good as it looks. The go part will be handled by a blown LSA built by Bo’s Machine and will be backed up with a 4L80E. Handling will be controlled with a Speedway G-Comp front and rear suspension with AFCO coilovers. Stopping this red missile is up to the big 14- and 13-inch Wilwood brakes with six- and four-piston calipers.

Creating the slick look on the exterior starts with a bright red paintjob by Michael Barwick. From there, some 19-inch Race Line Nitros will be blacked out to match the rest of the trim. An Anvil carbon-fiber front bumper, lower valance, and notch spoiler shape the look of the front along with the RS grille.

Vehicle Builder: JABZ Kustoms
Vehicle Owner: Ray Carnes, Waynesboro, Georgia

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Tony DeLuca’s Big-Block ’70 Chevelle
BY NICK LICATA Photography by Wes Allison

ome might say 1970 was a monumental year for rock music, and much of it not good. Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix both died at the age of 27, and the Beatles called it quits due to musical differences between Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Both continued on a musical path to highly successfully solo careers. Joplin and Hendrix–not so much. With the two most famous Beatles going their separate ways, their fans followed suit; some took the Lennon train, while others aligned with McCartney.

Muscle car fans may not have given the music industry much thought at the time, nor did GM have a clue about an upcoming oil crisis that was a mere three years away, so the ’70 Chevelle came off the assembly line flexing every bit of its muscle-bound demeanor. Although on the same chassis as the ’69, the sheetmetal and exterior features were revised with new design elements to give it a more powerful posture. That attitude also carried on into the interior, which possessed a no-nonsense sporty theme. As usual, various engine combinations were available, including the beefy 454ci mill rated at 360 hp.

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Assembly of Chevrolet Performance’s 1,004hp ZZ632 Part 2: Deep Breathing

e’re back with the final installment of building Chevrolet Performance’s all-new, 1,004hp ZZ632 crate engine. Previously, we detailed the short-block buildup, including the installation of its hydraulic roller camshaft.

Focus now moves to the top end of the electronically controlled, port-injected, crank-triggered monster big-block, starting with the heads. For that step forward with our story, however, we need to step back in time to the mid ’80s.

That’s when GM engineer Ron Sperry pushed up the sleeves on his Members Only jacket and got to work on a unique spread-port, straight-flow cylinder head that was intended for the Pro Stock wars. The design was a winner, with off-the-chart airflow capabilities, but by the time the first few sets of heads were cast and offered to racers, in 1988, NHRA had changed the class rules and Sperry’s head was effectively dead.

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Last in Line
“Years ago, I bought a ’37 Ford coupe, and that was going to be my last car project,” Norman Brown from Islamorada, Florida, states. “It was a Henry Ford all-steel body that was nicely chopped. I put a TCI chassis under it and, of course, a Chevy big-block for a ‘little’ motivation. Like I said, it was going to be my last build, but unfortunately it was wrecked in an accident!”

That incident ended up changing Norman’s mind about his “last hot rod.” You see, there was something else out there that would bring him to the realization that his hot rodding story was far from over. Turns out another muscle ride was going to continue his saga by stealing his heart and getting him back in the garage to create some more motorized magic.

Like many of us, Norman grew up in a car-infatuated family. “My dad had a gas station/auto repair shop in New Jersey. I spent a lot of time there with my dad and began helping him out. I started by washing tires on cars that came in for service. At 14, he bought me my first car: a ’40 Ford sedan. By then I was already doing tune-ups, brake jobs, and suspension work at the shop,” Norman says.

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How to Install Modern Gauges in Your First-Gen Camaro

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art of the allure of vintage cars is that sensation of nostalgia that only comes from driving one. However, vintage electronics, especially in the gauge department, can leave a lot to be desired. Their sole purpose is to keep your engine safe, battery charged, and fuel tank visibly full enough to not strand you on the side of the road—all things any driver will appreciate.

Modern, digital gauges bring surgical precision to monitoring vehicle parameters that their predecessors simply can’t. For this LT-swapped Camaro project, being built at Stoker’s Hot Rod Factory, the crew turned to Classic Instruments for one of their G-Stock instrument clusters. These pair a high-end dash bezel with a 45/8-inch Speedtachular (combination speedometer and tachometer) with a quad-gauge containing coolant temperature, voltage, oil pressure, and fuel level. It brings significantly more peace of mind to the table than the factory offering and installs much more quickly than individual gauges could.
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Chevy Muscle Cars Convene at the 53rd Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals
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t was great to be back in Louisville for the 53rd NSRA Street Rod Nationals, held August 4-7 at the massive Kentucky Exposition Center. With foul weather forecasted throughout the event, measurable rain was a “no-show,” and what little precipitation there was didn’t dampen anyone’s car or spirit.

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Pete Dayotas Jr.’s ’65 El Camino
BY Chuck Vranas Photography by The Author

ometimes it’s the simplest moments in life that can shape a person’s future, leading them down a path fed by experiences from an early age. Being born into a performance automotive family, it was only a matter of time before Pete Dayotas Jr. of North Grafton, Massachusetts, came face-to-face with fate. When your earliest memories revolve around climbing into a hopped-up T-bucket packing a dual-quad-fed small-block Chevy, it’s easy to see the switch being flicked on in a youngster’s mind. The combined scent of fuel and oil mixed with chrome and metalflake of his uncle Paul Dayotas’ hot rod was all it took to lure him in. At the same time his dad, Pete Sr., set the pace with regular visits to New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, to feel the thunder along with traveling to local events like the World of Wheels and Boston Area Roadster shows.

Following the sounds of a sizzling fuse being lit he wasted no time heading to a grand finale with building the wicked ’65 Chevy El Camino laid out across these pages.

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1. This cool ’72 Camaro has been equipped with an LS engine and 4L80E transmission—it’s about to get cooler with the addition of a TREMEC TKX five-speed from Bowler Performance Transmissions.
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How to Install TREMEC’S TKX Five-Speed in a Second-Gen Camaro

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or some people, driving a car is simply a way to get from point A to point B. Then there are those who drive for the joy of the process and the feeling of being involved with the machinery. Certainly, there is no better way to do that than with a Camaro equipped with three pedals and a TREMEC five-speed manual transmission conversion from Bowler Performance Transmissions.

Bowler Performance Transmissions opened as a small, family owned shop in 1963. As a kid Mark Bowler began learning about building transmissions and eventually the business passed from father to son. Today, under Mark’s leadership and thanks to his interest in high-performance vehicles, Bowler Performance Transmissions offers a complete line of custom automatic transmissions and is a TREMEC Elite Dealer that also offers repair and modification services.

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Steve Chryssos’ OG Pro Touring ’68 Camaro

his feature is something of a history lesson, as the Pro Touring car shown here is somehow already 20 years old. A current benchmark build might feature 335-wide rear tires, a streetable 800hp powerplant, and advanced suspension. All of that makes Steve Chryssos’ ’68 Camaro something of a throwback.

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Where Bigger Isn’t Always Better
BY Jeff Smith Photography by The Author

verybody wants a car that handles well. Any new car built in the last 30 years will far out-corner a stock ’60s machine with little trouble but it is also easy to upgrade and improve corner prowess with the bolt-on simplicity of an antiroll or sway bar. But once you dive into the nuances of suspension modifications, the answer isn’t always just to bolt on the biggest bar. It’s a bit more complicated than that. So let’s dive in.

Factory cars from the ’60s were especially weak in suspension design with regard to improved handling. This is evidenced by soft spring rates, very tiny antiroll bars, and less-than-ideal alignment specs, which were all aimed at driver comfort rather than any attempt at better handling. But that means there are plenty of opportunities for a simple and effective upgrade with the addition of a front and/or rear antiroll bar. The approach for this story will be aimed at the average street enthusiast who just wants a slightly better handling machine.

We’ll focus our initial discussion on front antiroll bars and slide into rear bars. The idea behind an antiroll bar is to increase resistance to roll when the car is driven into a tight corner at an aggressive speed. The front suspension’s normal reaction in a lefthand turn is to compress the right front spring. Of course, you could minimize this roll with very high-rate springs, but that also affects ride quality, so another way to minimize body roll is with a torsion bar that connects to the frame and also to both lower control arms. As weight transfer attempts to pitch the body, the bar’s diameter and lever arm combination work to resist this body roll.

Don't Roll with It - Antiroll Bar Tech: Where bigger isn't always better
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Chevrolet Performance Cars Ruled the Weekend
BY Chuck Vranas Photography by The Author

here’s nothing more enjoyable than outfitting your Bowtie with plenty of cutting-edge speed equipment to bring out the best in your big-block, small-block, or LS. Adding spice by way of a stack injection, dual quads, supercharger, or even turbos ups the ante to the next level on the adrenalin scale, giving you even more punch when you hit the go pedal.

With the summer car show season in full swing, it’s an easy decision to hit the road with like-minded Chevy enthusiasts to take in some of the finest get-togethers in the country. We packed the tank full of high octane and set the GPS for one of the largest automotive power fests in the Northeast, leading us to the 22nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York.

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