Story: Evan “Evo” Yates
Photography: Andrew Link
As dope as old-schools appear, anyone who has actually owned one in their respective eras would enlighten you of their shortcomings. With their antiquated suspension systems, lack of power steering and measly drum brakes, owning and driving an old-school muscle car wasn’t always what people imagined. So when owner Lorenzo Klugh decided to build another old-school, he made sure it had all the creature comforts of today’s rides.
Lorenzo previously owned a ’74 convertible Caprice, also black, but he felt he needed to step his game up. “The Donk game is easy; anyone can have a nice Donk,” he proclaims. “But can they do a Camaro?” Firm on his decision for a first-generation ’Maro, Lorenzo selected the inaugural year of the popular pony car. “The first year the Camaros were made was 1967,” says Lorenzo, “so what better year than the first?” The plan was to paint it black and modernize the car, upgrading every aspect, so Lorenzo contacted Mike Lee of Mr. Scrape Customs to tackle the project.
The crew at Mr. Scrape broke the car all the way down, taking the body off the frame completely. Once the frame was stripped and painted, all-new suspension was added to the car. “All of the suspension was upgraded, as well as the steering and the brakes,” says Lorenzo. “The front suspension is all tubular control arms and performance springs, and the rear has a custom-built four link with chrome coil-overs.” He continues, “Nothing on the car is the same as it was from the factory. Everything is brand-new.”
Details were of the utmost importance to Lorenzo for the build, as he feels they are overlooked at times. “Little details are what make the car,” he explains. “Everybody’s going to notice the obvious things, like the paint and the wheels, but we wanted to touch every part of the car.” He continues, “I see too many cases, even in magazines, where dudes think their car is nice because they have flashy Kandy paint, but they still got original raggedy door rubbers, or they have big wheels and old-ass brakes. Those are kids’ cars. This is a grown-man car.”
For the power plant, Lorenzo chose to go new-school for its convenience and reliability, plus the fact that it takes the Camaro to the next level. “Originally, we were going to go with a 383 stroker motor, but we felt like a car of this caliber deserved more,” he says. “Scrape had a buddy who upgraded his CTS-V to an LS7, so I bought the LS6 from him, added some upgrades and put it in.”
Some of the most prominent features of the marvelous ’Maro are the radiant red guts and the understated hot-rod interior, all of which Lorenzo attributes to Mr. Scrape. “I’m really not a red person; that was all Scrape,” says Lorenzo. “He showed me some cars with red interior and I liked them. I saw a Camaro online with GTO seats and they fit perfectly, so I decided to go with those.” He continues, “I let Scrape make all the decisions with the rest of the interior. He wanted to do a custom dash, and that’s what he came up with. Everything in the interior is real leather; there is no vinyl anywhere.”
Spec The Technique:
Year/Make/Model: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible
Performance: LS6 Corvette engine; K&N Typhoon intake system; electric water pump; Hooker headers; full MagnaFlow exhaust; Monster 4L60E bulletproof transmission
Suspension/Brakes: Ford 9-inch rear end narrowed 6 inches; custom rear 4-link with chrome coil-overs, tubular upper, lower front control arms; Hotchkis dropped springs; Wilwood 14-inch front and rear disc brake conversion; mechanical work by Dave Moore and Tommy West
Exterior: Black paint sprayed by Phaze 3 Kustoms; 2-inch cowl hood; custom-made STRUT grille; remote access electric headlight doors; new chrome door handles, bumpers, windshield moldings; powder-coated frame; LED taillights; Xenon headlights; rear spoiler; hidden brake booster behind dash; completely shaved firewall; black canvas convertible top done by Chuck Bench at Stitch
Interior: Red leather interior; custom dash with digital gauges, backlit with red LEDs; modified GTO seats; custom console and door panels with hand-molded armrests; Vintage Air A/C unit; hidden A/C controls, window switches, headlight, top switches; ididit chrome column painted black; push-button start and shifter; Billet Specialties steering wheel, pedals, sill plates and A/C vents painted black; fiberglassed kick panels and rear quarter panels to house component sets
Ice: Kenwood DNX7180 head unit with navi; Memphis MC4.50 amp, MC1.1500 sub amp; Kenwood XR-S17P component sets in kick panels and rear quarter panels; hidden shallow-mount Pioneer 12-inch sub
Wheels/Tires: Two-tone painted Asanti CX-503 wheels, 20-inch front, 22-inch rear; Nitto NT555 tires, 245/30/20 front, 295/25/22 rear