When you step up with a statement like this, you'd better have the goods to back it up. There are legions of Camaro builders that will put this car to the test. Does it handle like a new car? Is it cool like an old car? Did you get the orange right? As a living icon, the Camaro need represents a standard exaggerated by 40 years of nostalgia. Ask anyone about their first Camaro to hear how these cars were perfect. This car is. The car was built to be the best by John Balow's crew from Muscle Car Restorations in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. From across the street, it looks like a nicely restored '69 Z/28. But the closer you get, the more tricks you'll find. Some aren't too tough for a trained eye to spot, but others are hidden so well that you'd have to drive the car for a while for them to become apparent. Yet it is most definitely not a trailer queen. It's been engineered to be both a fun cruiser and to run hard at the track. So, before you check the cheat sheet, how many tricks can you spot? 99 Hidden Tricks Total weight: 3,327 pounds-54.7 percent/1,821 front, 45.3 percent/1,506 rear (stock was 3,765) Auto Metal Direct (AMD) aluminum front fenders AMD aluminum upper and lower valances AMD aluminum 2-inch cowl-induction hood Custom light-tension hood hinge springs matched to hood weight Aluminum trunk lid Custom light-tension trunk torsion springs matched to trunk-lid weight Aluminum chromed bumpers Rear framerails notched for mini-tubs Lambert Industries LED turn signals and marker lights Isis multiplex wiring system Isis inMOTION power window controller Isis inLINK RF Control Module-replaces ignition key, vehicle immobilizer Adjustable turn signal/flasher blink rates Marker lights blink with taillights Theater dimming interior lighting Soft start headlights Delay shutoff headlights Express down power windows Detroit Speed Engineering (DSE) deep (mini) tubs-allow 335 tire inside stock quarters DSE stainless steel narrowed fuel tank-fuel injection, LS1 DSE QUADRA Link four-link rear suspension kit Shocks moved inboard of framerails for mini-tub clearance Panhard bar DSE coilover shocks and springs, 450-lb/in front, 250-lb/in rear DSE powdercoated, hydroformed subframe DSE tubular upper and lower control arms Power rack-and-pinion Splined sway bar Ford 9-inch axlehousing Driveshaft shortened to 58.5 inches center to center with GM to Ford U-joint G-Force crossmember Auto Trans Design 4L60E overdrive transmission Custom-built 11-inch-diameter, 3,000-rpm converter Performance clutch friction materials Reinforced internal transmission components A & B mode switch for normal auto or full manual racing operation with paddle shifters EZ-TCU transmission controller Milter Bros. complete 9-inch Ford billet third member with 3:70:1 gears Wheel Vintiques 18x9.5 Billet Rallye wheels, polished outer, silver center Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 275/35R18 tires MCR-fabricated custom brake lines Baer six-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors Baer adjustable proportioning valve Hydroboost power brake package with GM master cylinder Dynamat floor and door sound deadening kit Front seat backs extended 4 inches taller Push-button starter button hidden in ashtray Stock speedometer and tach recalibrated to 160 mph and 10,000 rpm Custom factory-looking Z/28 insignia on speedometer and tach 8,000-rpm redline on tach Factory water temp gauge recalibrated for LS engine LED interior lights Memphis Car Audio stereo sound in-stock dash opening with two 4-inch speakers Two 6x9-inch speakers in rear package shelf 2.5x12-inch-diameter shallow-mount subwoofer in a 6-inch box spatter-painted to match trunk 600W JL Audio 6x8-inch compact amp Grant steering wheel TMI and Auto Top Shop custom leather houndstooth extended seat covers Vintage Air complete heating and A/C package Flaming River 33-inch paintable tilt column 2-inch od Vintage Auto Radio stock AM radio converted to AM/FM with iPod input Master Shift auto shifter Bump shifter hidden in console controlled by stock shift handle Paddle shifters behind steering wheel Gear indicator LED in dash next to wiper switch Autoloc stock window crank controls the power windows HiTech Motorsports 5.7L LS1 block Block decked 0.060 inch 4.8L crank destroked to 3.16 inches Crank lathe-balanced to reduce rotating mass Crank offset-ground 0.200 inch for 1.88-inch Honda rod size Eagle 6.2-inch lightweight rods 5.7 head chambers milled to 50 cc Raised intake port floors 5.7 heads decked 0.040 inch to help raise compression Manley flat-top 3.905-inch forged pistons Hand-filed Total Seal rings 0.018/top, 0.014/second, 0.015/oil Edelbrock Victor Jr intake with filled runners to match heads FAST EZ-EFI Trick Flow pressure regulator MSD 6010 ignition control for LS based engines Comp Cams custom, 0.610/0.545 lift, 274/289 duration at 0.006, 115 LSA Magnum 3/8-inch pushrods 7.350/7.300 intake/exhaust Nextek 1.29-inch polished dual springs Cometic MLS head gasket Harland Sharp heavy-duty rockers with upgraded needle fulcrum Champ oil pan Custom windage tray Hooker headers Full ceramic coated 2-inch custom exhaust Dynaflow mufflers Custom coil mount plate to rotate coils to fit under valve cover Tall Champ small-block valve covers modified to be LS coil covers Custom-length spark plug wires exit rear of valve covers Powergrip shrink radiator hose clamps Be Cool radiator Be Cool 11-inch dual puller fan with paddle blades Vintage Air accessory drive End By Mark Ehlen Enjoyed this Post? 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