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Z28 Recreation

Giving "From the Ground Up" a Whole New Meaning

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The interior appointments garnered equal attention. Mike Minette created the rollbar, along with the aluminum dashboard, console, and door panels. Kirkindall filled out his working space with replacement pieces from National Parts Depot, along with Auto Meter gauges, Sparco seats, and a Momo steering wheel, while a Vintage Air A/C, an Eclipse stereo with a JL Audio amp and Polk speakers provide creature comforts.

That little detail, perhaps, sums up Kirkindall's rendition of the ground-up restoration. "Some pay people to put together a car," he told us. "I put this one together. I totally disassembled it, then reassembled it. I installed the front and rear suspension, the motor, the trans, and the interior. I wouldn't say it's my pride and joy, but it's close." And since he literally built it from the ground up, we would guess it's very close.

Speed Reading
'73 Camaro Z28
Rick Kirkindall
Irving, TX
Type: 427ci Dart Little M small-block
Block: Four-bolt mains, 0.030-inch overbore
Oiling: Milodon pan and high-volume pump
Crankshaft: Scat forged, 3.875-inch stroke
Connecting rods: Lunati 6-inch Pro Mod
Pistons: JE with Total Seal rings, 9:1 compression ratio
Cylinder heads: Airflow Research 227, ported and polished
Valves: AFR, 2.10/1.60
Camshaft: Crane mechanical roller
Timing set: Crane
Valvetrain: Crane pushrods and 1.6:1 rockers, AFR valvesprings
Induction: Holley Commander 950 EFI, K&N filter, Nitrous Works 150hp plate system
Ignition: MSD-6AL, billet distributor, Blaster 2 coil and wires; 32-degrees initial timing
Electronic engine control: Holley Commander 950
Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp headers, 21/2-inch pipe with Flowmaster American Thunder system and 40 series mufflers
Cooling: Be Cool radiator with dual Flexalite fans
Other: Rock Valley fuel tank, Aeromotive fuel pump, March serpentine-belt system, 140-amp one-wire alternator, Edelbrock high-flow water pump
Output: 460 hp at 5,200 rpm, 525 lb-ft at 4,500
Built by: Dick Alen, Dallas Export Sales

Transmission: Richmond ROD six-speed with a Long shifter, Hays clutch, and 11-inch flywheel
Rear axle: Custom-made 9-inch, narrowed 4 inches to 501/2 by Brink Racecrafters, Irving, TX; Performance Gear 31-spline axles, Moser spool, 3.90:1 gears
Driveshaft: Denny's Driveshaft

Frame: Martz Chassis Rally & Road Race subframes joined with subconnectors
Front suspension: Aldan coilovers with 1-inch swaybars and custom spindles
Rear suspension: Aldan coilovers with 1-inch swaybars and four-link setup
Steering: '95 Cobra rack-and-pinion, GM tilt column
Brakes: Wilwood Dynalite discs with four-piston calipers
Other: Minitubbed by Brink Racecrafters
Built by: Mike Minette Enterprises

Wheels: 17x9.5 American Racing Torq-Thrust IIs, front; 17x11, rear
Tires: P275/40R17 Yokohama AVS Sports, front; P315/35R17 Yokohama AVS Sports, rear

Body: Stripped and E-coated by Metal Rehab, Ft. Worth; N.O.S. replacement header panel, lower valance, fenders, core support, bumpers, turn signals, bezels, grille surround divider, urethane nose, lower front spoiler and braces, mirrors, and weatherstripping; Goodmark trunk floor, dropoffs, doorskins, and hood; assembled by Advantage Paint & Body, Dallas
Paint: PPG Summit White and Black sprayed by Advantage Paint & Body, Dallas

Full rollcage by Minette Enterprises; Sparco Torino 2 seats; Simpson harnesses; headliner, sun visors, and carpet from National Parts Depot; aluminum dashboard and console with Auto Meter gauges and door panels by Minette Enterprises; Momo steering wheel; Vintage Air A/C; Eclipse stereo with a JL Audio amp and Polk speakers; wiring by Painless Performance.

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