1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZRS
-CUSTOM ONE OF A KING BUILD
-DESIGNED BY LARRY WILLIAMS
-RIDDLER AWARD GREAT 8 2014 WINNER
-BILL MITCHELL 427 V8 GM ENGINE
-ENGINE INSPIRED FROM FERRARI
-T56 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANS
-1 OFF CUSTOM INTAKE
-CUSTOM BUILT REAR END
-CISTOM BUILT 1 OFF DUAL EXHAUST SYSTEM
-1 OFF CUSTOM BUILT WHEELS
-1 OFF CUSTOM TAIL LIGHTS
-SHOW QUALITY PAINT WORK
-CUSTOM FULL INTERIOR 1 OF A KIND
-1 OFF GAUGE PACKAGE
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2015 Legend Cup "Select Six" Finalist
Never before has a Camaro of any year been selected for a Detroit Autorama Ridler “Great 8” finalist award, that is, until this year’s Detroit Autorama. This outstanding RS Z/28 Camaro, owned by Brian & Gianna Ganos and built by Jim Hubbell both from the state of Wisconsin, was a show stopper this year at the Autorama. The “Great 8” award is given to the top 8 cars of the show and is given to custom cars and/or trucks that exemplify quality in every way. Built with the pro touring theme in mind, this Camaro will later be driven and perhaps raced on autocross tracks in the future!
Where this project started was when Jim, while visiting a rod shop in Chicago, noticed this Camaro sitting in the back of the shop in need of restoration. What really peaked his interest was that this RS Z28 Camaro, he later was informed, once belonged to Chip Foose of “Overhaulin” fame. After much thought as to what power plant would be selected, Jim decided that a Bill Mitchell, Gen 1 World all aluminum 427 small block would be the engine of choice. Here you have a small block with the same bore and stroke as its big block brother, only in a smaller lighter package, perfect for auto crossing and the like. Looking at this marvelous motor one might notice the exotic intake. This intake was almost thrown into the scrap heap at Rad Rides by Troy (it was left behind by another customer), but Bob Thrash saved it from its near fatal future. It was found that this same induction was a rare Smokey Yunich piece that Smokey designed and had made for road racing Covettes in the mid sixties. The transmission chosen for the ZRS is a Tremec T56 6 speed, assembled by Bowler.
After purchasing the Camaro, and after the engine and the transmission were selected, Jim went to work deciding what components would be used on the Ridler contending muscle rod. During this time, it was decided that Wayne Due would make the custom sub frame and Bob Thrash was called upon to fabricated much of the front and rear suspension. Bob mated his fabricated pieces to a complete C-4 Corvette independent unit which will give this street machine excellent handling, and in turn will help it negotiate both left and right hand turns with ease.
Tire and wheel sizes are as follows: front 225/40 ZR18 and rear 345/30 ZR19. Greening custom made the wheels that were designed with a retro twist. Artist renderings are almost a must when building a car of this caliber. Larry Williams (William’s Graphics) was the artist that Jim decided upon to work with him and Brian and collectively all three came up with this record setting design. Lots of hours were accumulated performing body mods and Jim handled all this body work in his shop in Fon Du Lac. Some of the body mods
Jim Hubbell was the builder with Larry Williams crafting the design. Charley Hutton did the paint and body; M&M Hot Rods, the interior; Greening Auto Company, the machining; and Advance Plating the chrome and powder coating. That’s an all-star lineup. It is no wonder that this Pro Touring Camaro stands out among the field of competitors for the Ridler this year. The drivetrain is a World Gen I small block 427 hooked up to a Bowler Tremec T56 6-speed transmission. Corvette C4 front and rear suspension give performance stability to the ride using Baer 6S brakes all around. The “1969 Camaro ZRS.” The ZRS theme is complimented in the body graphics.
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