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'68 Camaro

Chris Kerr's Real Street/Real Quick Rat-Powered Camaro

Photography by Henry De Los Santos, Terry McGean

Car Craft Q & A

Car Craft: What was the most difficult part of building this car?

Chris Kern: The front suspension. It took me about eight months to work out all the coordinates on the computer getting the upper control arm lengths with minimal bumpsteer with the right rack-and-pinion length. That took a long time.

CC: Do you have any changes planned for the Camaro?

CK: After years of running a spool, I bolted in a set of 3.64 gears and a Detroit Locker, and it really frees the car up in the corner now. I have other plans for a dry-sump, and eventually electronic fuel injection. I also have a nitrous system waiting to go.

CC: Any interesting stories with the car?

CK: My aunt bought this car new in 1968, and I always thought it would make a great street machine. The next owner eventually lightly crashed the car and parked it in his backyard. That's where I tracked it down and bought it for $300. I've had it ever since.

The Details

Car: '68 Camaro
Owner: Chris Kerr, Flower Mound, TX
Engine: 454ci big-block Chevy, Moldex crank, TRW LS6 pistons
Heads: Iron oval port, owner-ported with 2.19/1.88-inch valves, 1.7:1 Comp Cams roller rockers
Cam: Comp Cams 294 mechanical flat tappet cam 248/248 degrees at 0.050, 0.595/0.595-inch valve lift
Induction: Edelbrock Victor, Jr. with Holley 750-cfm mechanical secondaries
Clutch: 10,000 RPM 5.5-inch multi-disc with aluminum flywheel
Transmission: Muncie four-speed, Hurst Competition-Plus shifter
Rearend: Ford 9-inch, 3.50 gears, Moser 31-spline axles, spool
Front suspension: Owner-fabricated with Koni coilover shocks, Afco springs, '85 Corvette spindles, BRT rack-and-pinion 12:1 steering, 11/8-inch front antiroll bar, Afco tubular upper and lower control arms
Rear suspension: Owner-fabricated custom three-link rear with Koni coilover shocks, Afco springs, 1-inch rear antiroll bar, and adjustable roll center
Brakes: Baer 13-inch Track system in front with PBR calipers 12-inch GM rear discs with factory calipers
Wheels and tires: Budnik 17x11-inch Tiller wheels with P275/40ZR17 Hoosier tires front, Budnik 17x13-inch Tiller wheels with P315/35ZR17 Hoosier tires rear
Body mods: Fiberglass hood and decklid, front and rear fenders widened, rears stretched, rear wheeltubs added from Competition Engineering, RCI 22-gallon fuel cell in trunk, owner-fabricated 21-point rollcage, engine set back 5 inches, bodywork by Jeff Dellamater, Dupont Brandywine paint by Fred White
Performance: 11.80 at 121 mph, 1 g on the skidpad, top speed of 165 mph
Crew: Mary Kerr, kids Courtney and CJ, Jeff Dellamater, Mike Close, Jack and Kathy Kerr, Bob Thrash, and Pat Glenn

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