If you’ve been to a lot of different car shows you’ll know that a custom 1969 Camaro definitely has the potential to be a great show car. This 1969 Camaro owned by Ron Cates is one great example with its awesome custom paint that brings out the sexiness of the custom Camaro body. It took a lot of man hours to prepare the body for the DuPont Hot Raspberry candy finish, it is a Hot Hues 3-stage paint.
As you can see, the door handles have been shaved and the firewall has been smoothed out. The original grille was replaced by a Foose grille. It also features subtle ghost stripes and well-hidden mini-tubs. Russ Cowart Restorations located in Dawsonville, Georgia, was the one who did most of the build which includes bodywork, paint, interior design, and wiring. The interior is a smoked Vintage Glass design which is composed of a custom dashboard that if fitted with Auto Meter Ultra-lite gauges, Budnick Buckskin steering wheel, Procar seats, and Buckskin Tan leather interior that was done by Cutter Custom Stitching.
To match the beauty with the power that a true Camaro should have. Cates chose a complete Detroit Speed suspension system and 5-speed manual transmission. A DSE hydroformed front subframe features a tubular lower and upper control arms, splined front sway bar, and power rack-and-pinion steering. The Camaro rides on Budnik 18×12 and 18×10 custom wheels are fitted with bulky BFGoodrich 335/30ZR18 and 275/35ZR18 rubber tires. The rear features DSE’s QUARDRALink to stabilize the rear wheels. Baer Extreme Plus 6-piston brakes provide the needed braking power. TREMEC TKO 500 transmission, 9-inche rear with 3.70 gears, and RAM 12-inch clutch brings to power to where they should be as Ron speeds through the streets of Alpharetta, Georgia. The mean stance is brought by the DSE drop spindles and coilovers.
The Camaro is powered by an SB2.2 427-cube small-block. For anyone who doesn’t know, the SB2.2 was a popular choice in the NASCAR up to 2007. It is fitted with heads supplied by Joe Gibbs Racing that features 283cc intake runners and large 1.60- and 2.18-inch titanium valves. Instead of going for the NASCAR standard cubic-inch limited block, Rebird Race Engines went for the Donovan block that became the base for the 427ci wet sump engine fitted with JE pistons and Lunati rotating assembly. Jesel shaft-mount rocker arms, Bullet roller cam, QuickFuel 1050 carburetor, and Edelbrock 4150 intake manifold pumps up the rpm. MSD distributor, Lemons headers, QuickFuel accessory drive system completes the auxiliary parts.
The finish is an awesome 1969 Custom Camaro with a very flashy red finish and the power to boost. Ron is really proud of his ride that is gets a lot of attention at any car show.
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