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1969 Chevy Camaro - Perpetual Builder

Some Cars Are Never Finished

Photography by Henry De Los Santos, Kris Horton, Scott Gulbranson

Boom! Hiss. Scott Gulbranson's Camaro drifts sideways on the apex at Road America as the Banks twin-turbos build enough boost to pin the gauge. At least that's how Scott sees it in his mind's eye. For now though, he's content to split his time evenly between driving his dream and wrenching on it. So you can understand its present iteration: stripped down to the body in his garage.

He explained that the plan was Pro Touring, an ideal that caught his eye a few years ago when he quit circle track racing and joined the family circle. With kids in the house, he waved goodbye to the influential traveling circus of 360 Sprint cars and built accordingly. "I can appreciate quarter-mile cars, but I like more," he said. We can relate to that. More happened when he met a retired GM ride and handling engineer at Detroit Speed and got involved in the Web.

Scott has since been pulled into the burgeoning community of guys that communicate and build their cars using the Internet. You'll find the Camaro on several Pro Touring-type sites through an interconnected set of links of friends and associates. There he developed his new plans to include a set of prototype turbos from Banks Engineering and lay down a full coilover undercarriage and subframe with gigasaurus 18x10s wedged under the front fenders. He likes the RS look, too. To further the hallucination, he had artist Kris Horton design a rendition of the car. Check it out.

The Specs
Car: '69 Chevrolet Camaro
Owner: Scott Gulbranson

Engine: 434ci Dart small-block built by Nelson Racing Engines

Heads: 235cc aluminum Pro Topline 2.08/1.60 valves

Induction: Dart single-plane intake and a Holley HP 950

Camshaft: Comp Cams custom solid roller 0.622/0.622, 258/260 at 0.050

Ignition: MSD Pro Billet and Digital-6 Plus

Transmission: Tremec TKO

Clutch: Centerforce Dual Friction

Rearend: 12-bolt Chevrolet with 3.73 Posi-traction

Brakes: 13-inch Baer Track and 11-inch Baer two-piece Eradispeed rotors

Wheels: 17x8 and 17x9.5 Budnik Arrowheads

Interior: Detroit Speed and Engineering dash; Auto Meter Ultra Lite; Alpine CD/MP3 player

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