It’s not often that we see a classic American muscle car that is powered by a modern-day powerplant. The new Kustom Creations Lingenfelter 1968 Camaro is one of those special treats. Owned by Ken Lingenfelter, the 1968 Camaro was designed by Busta Design and then built by Kustom Creations with a Lingenfelter power plant and custom Camaro wheels. Under the hood of the Camaro lies a Chevrolet 427 CID with LPE L92 CNC ported cylinder heads. The engine is force fed by a Harrop TVS MP2300 Supercharger. To reduce backpressure, new Kooks LS7 stainless steel long tube headers have been installed along with a custom three-inch stainless steel dual exhaust and Corsa Pro Series stainless steel tips. This not only gives the Camaro a ferocious exhaust note, but helps boost power. The result of the modifications is a total of 640 horsepower to each of the rear Camaro wheels. The engine upgrades are completed with a new Be-Cool heavy duty aluminum radiator and A/C condenser. The 1968 Camaro drivetrain borrows many parts from the C5-generation Chevrolet Corvette Z06. The front frame from the Corvette has been widened by 80 mm and fitted with the C5’s control arms, hubs, and new K&W coil over shocks. Just like the front suspension, the rear uses the C5’s 80 mm widened rear frame, rear control arms, hubs, and new K&W coil over shocks. Even the bell housing, torque tube assembly, six speed manual transmission, and rear differential have been borrowed from the C5 Corvette Z06.
Along with the upgraded chassis, the original Camaro wheels, brakes, and tires have all been upgraded. Six-piston Baer front and rear brakes have been fitted with a Hydratech hydro boost brake booster. Although 3 piece wheels were not originally installed, choosing to equip the Camaro with them will prove advantageous in terms of style and performance. By fitting new 3 piece wheels, acceleration, braking, and handling will improve along with the overall style of the Camaro. The body of the Camaro is not original either, and features a modern interpretation of the classic design. The body is based on a 1968 Camaro RS with relocated firewall, and has been given a fiberglass hood, stainless steel front grille assembly complete with LED lighting, and custom metalwork to build the C5 Z06 doors and front fenders. The entire rear fascia has been custom designed with a modified rear bumper built from an original 1968 OEM part. The entire exterior is covered in a new Sherwin Williams Caribbean Blue paint with Silver undercoating and finished off with custom RS06 budging. Even the interior has been upgraded with a new Corvette Z06 dashboard, center console, and steering column. The interior is equipped with a vintage HVAC system, black alcantara seats, and a custom floor. The 1968 Kustom Creations Lingenfelter Camaro RS06 is a modern interpretation of a classic. With 3 piece wheels, Caribbean Blue paint, and a supercharged 427, the Camaro will be a classic for years to come.
2009 Camaro – Is it true?
I’m waiting for the 2009 camaro to hit the showroom floors, it should be out around June sometime, I’m already hearing reverberations about the gas prices affecting the release of the camaro, but I heard this back in the mid 1970’s also, and usually the people saying these things have no idea what staying power the muscle cars have. I’m hearing such things as, Chevrolet is only going to release it with a V6 option now, and no available V8, I don’t think that this true, but if it is, there is absolutely no point for Chevrolet to waste their time with it, just put the resources in to the corvette, and let the camaro die a hero of the muscle car scene.
Do not get me wrong, I am the camaro’s hugest fan, I love camaros but nobody wants a camaro that is only available with a V6, the camaro has a legacy to live up to; and to maintain this legacy it needs to be one of the biggest, baddest muscle cars on the planet; and it cannot do this with a V6, the price of gas doesn’t need to dictate the future of a muscle car legend such as the camaro, back in the mid 1970’s I remember an issue of one of the car magazines, although I don’t remember exactly what one it was, but on the front cover was a headstone with high performance born 1964 die 1976. It never did die; it did lose some popularity for a while, but we have people like Ralph Nader to thank for that, muscle cars never lost popularity with the people who matter, the people who love them, and the people who grew up with them, there will always be people like me, people who can’t live without muscle cars, people who know that America builds the most powerful, best looking, and most fun car in the world, and there only has to be a few people like me to keep American muscle alive. When Chevrolet brings the camaro back, it will be a huge event in the muscle car world, even if you don’t like how the new camaro looks, it marks the return of a legend, and if you don’t think the camaro is a legend, just spend some time searching the Internet about the camaro, “Google It” and you’ll learn very quickly that it is a legend of huge proportions, and it could be the same thing all over again if Chevrolet does it right, I say “KUDOS” to them for having the fortitude, and the guts to bring back the camaro.
When they re-release the camaro, it has big shoes to fill, and it cannot do this without a lot of engine options, just like it had back in the day. I agree that technology has advanced cars huge amounts over the years, and they make power easier now than they ever did, and with less cubic inches, but it’s not all about the power, a big block has a certain prestige, it commands respect, and gets it, a big block is about a feeling, it’s that low deep rumble, it’s the feeling of all that torque when you step in to the pedal, it’s the feeling of easily turning the car sideways, and melting the rear tires, and nothing else is quite the same. Nobody can take muscle cars away from us, they have tried before, and they will try again, but what they don’t know, what they could never fathom, is the simple fact that there are a lot of muscle car freaks that would never let it happen, we will always stand up, and we will always have something to say about those people who think that they can get rid of the one thing that we live for, muscle cars, our spirits can never be dimmed, our desire can never be removed, our love for the look, and feel of a true American muscle car can never be dampened, we will always stand up for what we love, and I love the camaro, and I always will. Buy honda ridgeline cover for your car protection.
New Camaro: All That and Then Some
If you are a Camaro aficionado then this is your lucky day. Few cars embody the heart of the American automobile industry like the famed Camaro. We have been hearing about the new Camaro ZL1 for some time now and finally we get a look at some of the spec. Details about Chevrolet’s new Camaro ZL1 have been hitting the internet thanks to a copy of the dealer’s guide that was uploaded by Camaro5.com. GM has confirmed that the details are legitimate. For starters, the new Camaro will feature supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that boasts an impressive 580 HP and a 556 lb-ft torque. This makes it the most powerful Camaro to date and it should be able to take on any muscle car on the road. The transmission will come in standard manual or upgraded to an automatic. The automatic will be a Hydra-Matic six-speed while the standard is Tremec six-speed. The new Camaro is both wider and longer then it’s current rival, the Shelby Mustang GT500 giving it more controls on tight turns. The dimensions are similar to the Camaro SS but it weighs 250 pounds more. Given the power of the engine this should pose no problem what-so-ever. As for colors it will have the option for nine different schemes that include, Black, Ashen Gray, Imperial Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red and the all new Crystal Red Tintcoat. Sorry, no neon or beige available. If you want a little more flare you can get stripes, a powered sun roof and a “Mohawk” carbon fiber hood insert.
The ZL1 will use the same Magnetic Ride Control that the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette uses but it will also boast the Performance Track Management, a feature that allows five modes ranging from wet surfaces to a racing mode. To help keep from flying off the road it will have Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires that can mounted on your choice of two 20 -inch forged alloy wheels. One is a 10-spoke low-gloss finish or a 5-spoke option with a polished high-gloss clear coat. The interior is chop full of creature comforts. It features heated leather high-performance seats with suede microfiber insert that will make your Lazy Boy jealous. Each seat will have six-way power controls as well, so you should be able to settle in at any position. Other features are alloy covered pedal s, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rear camera display and an auxiliary gauge boost readout. Of course, you will want to rock out while driving this bad boy, so to help you a long it will come standard with a premium 9 speaker audio system. If you are wondering if you can afford it then start saving as it is expected to go in the low $50,000 range. Aiden Jefferson is a freelance writer. He primarily write about cars, education, home ownership and fun stuff. He currently lives in Southern California but you will never find him because he is sneaky.
Just So You Know – A Few Tips to Buy Your Camaro Safely
Here are a few tips to buy your classic camaro safely, as you know there are a lot of people cloning camaro’s , and when that happens you also find that there are a lot of people that can’t refuse to try and rip you off, just so you don’t become a statistic, I’ll give you a few things to look for. First of all if you’re looking at a 1969 model, and the car you looking at is an SS, or a Z/28 camaro, easy to tell if it’s real or not, there are some things that most rip off artists will over look during the build of the clone that they’re going to try to rip you off with. First let’s say one thing here, there is nothing wrong with a person building a clone of their favorite camaro, unless they decide to sell it, and try to rip of the person buying it, OK now, first of all if the car is a Z/28 camaro and its represented as original it must have a 302 CI engine in it. You can tell this by looking at the rpo code of the car, the rpo code is located on the passenger side of of the engine block on a machined pad in front of the cylinder head, you can’t miss it, if you don’t see one there, it may be covered in grease, just clean it off, and if it’s a genuine 1969 Z/28 it will have the letters DZ in the repo code. A 1968, or 1967 would have the letters MO in the rpo code, now the other area on the engine that you should look at is the casting number, because this number cannot be ground off and replaced, the casting number can be found on the transmission mount on the driver side engine block at the back, it’s sometimes hard to see, nut it’s a must to look at, it will tell you year, size, and application of the engine.
The casting number will also tell you if the engine is a four bolt main or not, and a 1969 Z/28 should always be a four bolt main, A 1969 Z/28 should also have front sway bars from the factory, and should have a Muncie M21, or M22 transmission, or of course a turbo 350 automatic transmission. Now for the SS, depending on if the car is an SS 350, 396, or some special build car, it should have all of the above, minus the 302 CI engine, obviously id it’s an SS 350 it will have a 350 CI engine, and if it’s a SS 396 it will have a 396 CI engine, the SS ant the Z/28 both came with a 12 bolt rear end housing, and multi leaf springs, these should be on any car that you purchase, Both also had the 120 MPH speedometer, and the 8,000 RPM tach, and these should be present in them also, you going to want to check trim tags, and paint codes, check all the numbers, and if they don’t match, don’t second guess, the rpo code, and the casting number should match, the rpo code will also tell you what transmission the car came with from the factory. Both cars came from the factory with front power disc brakes, and should always have those installed, and a lot of them had the option of a center console, and the console is cool, but it’s not a must to show that the car is an original, if you check these few things, you’ll save yourself a lot of agony in the end.Continue Reading