When a car is restored, how long do think that restoration should last? Will it be ready for another refresh in 5, 10, or 15 or more years? An answer to that question is solely based on the car owner’s personal preference. Another factor is how the car spent its time after the initial rebuild. While some hot rods spend their days tucked away in climate-controlled garages, other hot rods enjoy stretching their legs on occasion, and over the span of several years they sometimes need to be refreshed once again. Comp Cams’ ’69 Camaro is a case of the latter.
It was first built in the late-‘90s to participate in Power Tour, and it featured a coilover suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a traditional small-block. During, and after the Power Tour, the Camaro racked up several thousand miles and a multitude of stories to go with them. One of those stories even includes the car unexpectedly exiting a trailer while being hauled at 70 m.p.h. Fortunately, the damage was minimal.
The Camaro survived years of raucous adventures, but in 2010, the F-body was relegated to occupying a corner of the shop. In varying states of disrepair, it remained there until 2016. That year would see Comp Cams celebrating its 40th anniversary, and that event proved to be the catalyst needed to resurrect the Camaro. Since the folks at Comp build performance parts and don’t restore cars, they contacted V8 Speed & Restoration to handle that task.
A Heidts Pro-G front clip was slid in place, and their bolt-in four-link package was applied to the trailing end of the car. Wilwood disc brakes are hiding behind those one-off Weld wheels. The body was repaired and covered with a custom-mixed white hue with black stripes.
Under the new folding lid is a houndstooth upholstery covering the bucket seats, and the horseshoe shifter was ditched in favor of a TCI Outlaw stick. The dash looks mostly stock, but still benefits from direct-fit Dakota Digital VHX gauges. The all-new gauge package makes use of stock bezels, both dash and center console. Black faces with white backlighting were spec’d for the traditional look, not to mention it matches the car perfectly.
Under the hood, things got serious as the traditional small-block was removed, and an LS-based monster got the nod. The foundation is a new RHS Race Block that the guys at Bulter LS filled with a Lunati rotating assembly, and a Comp camshaft and corresponding valvetrain parts. A pair of LS7 cylinder heads from RHS, were placed support the FAST LSX intake manifold inhaling through a 102mm Big Mouth throttle body. A FAST XFI Sportsman EFI system controls fuel consumption to the tune of 690 horsepower and 619 lb./ft. of torque. Behind that is a TCI 6X six-speed automatic transmission with a TCI converter controlling the fluid coupling.
The story of this car is that of a truly-loved musclecar. It was first rebuilt to the owner’s taste, then used, thoroughly enjoyed, and then rebuilt for yet another chapter in the book of its life.