Refreshing Dose of SEMA Insanity: ’69 Camaro Has Two 427 V8s, 8-Track
For the last eight years, I’ve made the annual gearhead pilgrimage to SEMA, and once again, it was a blast. But for the most part? The show felt decidedly less insane this year—almost like someone put grownups in charge of the builds. Fortunately, nobody told the guys at American V8 Classics and Customs to keep taking their meds.
This gem was inexplicably buried in the upper level of the Central Hall—where all the trucks are—and I honestly almost walked by it. Now, it kind of looks like there’s a mirror in the engine bay. But there’s not—right behind the 427 LS7 is an identical 427 LS7. While that means the firewall was moved back a tiny bit, each is pumping out a healthy 600hp, so a cozy pedal well seems like a decent trade. From American V8’s site:
“Each engine has a custom Collies Crankshaft, Forged JE Pistons, Special Grind Comp Cam, Custom Fluidamp Balancers and precision assembled with ARP bolts the rear engine drives a Level VII RPM Transmissions 4L60E Automatic controlled by a B&M Shifter and coupled to a modified Corvette C6/ Z06 Differential/ Rear suspension.”
Given the lack of explanation, I’m assuming the cranks are welded together—though I have to wonder how long they’ll stay that way given the twist these babies pump out. But all around, this build is squeaky clean and the Z06 pumpkin looks dead sexy in the back. There’s even room for two sets of golf clubs in the trunk, because this is exactly the kind of ride you’d take to hit the links. Also, there’s a 8-track deck in the dash.
It’s not finished yet, but this Bitchin’ Camaro will be on the 2014 World of Wheels Circuit, the Hot Rod Power Tour and on display at select Good Guys shows. Check out the pics below.