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Rick's "First Born" (1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28)

1970 Chevrolet Camaro

Z28 350/5.7L V8

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Build Points

23

  • Color: Gold w/Black Stripes
  • Horsepower: 450
  • Drivetrain: RWD

Vehicle Overview

Is a 1970 & ½ Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 a classic? You bet! What determines a classic you ask? Well, now that’s the proverbial $64,000 question. Most of that is subjective and in the mind of the owner. However, I can tell you this 1970 Z-28 is definitely one of a kind. She started life early as one of the first-born second generation Camaros. Her serial number is low and she has some of the carryover equipment Chevrolet used in the early models. Remember there was a strike at the assembly plant that delayed the entry of the second generation, hence the mid-year introduction as well. This forced the factory to use some of the leftover parts from the 1969 model year. Things like two-piece seats with the head rests separate from the seat back offer tips to the lineage. Low, rear one-piece spoilers are another give away that she was one of the early models off the line. After those obvious indicators it gets more difficult to determine the age of the second generation Camaros. The Z-28’s received the latest and greatest power plant. A new design of the venerable small block, producing 360 horsepower, was installed in the Z’s. My baby still has her original engine, transmission (the highly acclaimed “Rockcrusher” 4-speed) and rear end. Not to mention the interior. So, she retains a claim to her roots. Her sassy sounding exhaust starts with headers supplied by Hedman, sporting the Jet-Hot coating that keeps the hot gases flowing through the stainless steel exhaust system built by Flowmaster. Her flawless skin is painted a majestic gold with a “pearl essence” highlighted with black stripes. She is very cool indeed! I have owned this “girl” since 1982. We have traveled over 45,000 miles together. She still performs like a heady little teenage kid with an over abundance of exuberance and pent up energy! And best yet, I feel like a teenager when she and I share the road. When the frustrations of the day get a little more than I like to handle, I head for the garage. I place the key in her ignition and twist. Her little motor roars to life. I give her a few minutes to wake up and warm up. Then we’re off on another adventure. Often time she forces me to allow her to stretch her wheels a bit and “get it on”! When that happens, we both roar away with a huge smile on our faces. Come to think of it, it’s time for one of those “rides”! BTW, I forgot to tell you she has run the quarter mile once or twice. ;) She has rolled through the traps at 12.68 @ 106 mph. Not bad for a little old girl born and bred in southern Ohio. And on street tires as well. ) She now is using an EFI system provided by Comp Cams. Love it!

Completed Modifications

Fuel System (1)

Future Plans

She was a feature car on "All Girls Garage" in 2016. The "Girls" installed some interior items provided by Classic Industries. They also installed a Hotchkiss TVS system. Awesome system for sure. Check out the video from that first show of the season for all the gory details & other awesome details. You can find it in the archives on their web site.

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