By on April 17, 2013

What have you been doing the past three years? I’m guessing the answer isn’t “build a 1967 Camaro Z/28 clone from more or less scratch for SCCA ProSolo.”

Unless you’re Jason Rhoades.

At exactly three thousand pounds and with three hundred and fifty horsepower at the wheels, Rhoades’ Camaro is very far from the Barrett-Jackson uber-restored boulevard cruisers catching the attention and cash of drywall contractors around the nation. Mr. Rhoades had a very specific purpose in mind when he built it, and the clarity of that purpose shines through the entire build.

It takes a very particular mindset to build, and compete with, something this unique, but I’m glad there are people out there willing to do it.

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23 Comments on “I’ll See Your Pro Touring And Raise You…...”


  • avatar
    skor

    Oh look, another small block build……ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Right, I’m awake.

    What I want to see is……….SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. If I had the cash, space and time…..I have none of the above……I’d do something different.

    I would start with 64 or 65 Falcon hardtop. Then I’d install a Ford Oz turbo straight six. Why? Because it’s not a small block. I’d mate it to a modern 6 speed trans. Then I’d install a Mustang IRS kit. Disc all around. Then I’d completely bling-out the interior. Custom leather everything, including the door panels and headliner. Power seats, power windows, AC, etc.

    The resulting car would do everything: Go, handle, stop, look good, smell good, get 25mpg on the highway, be reliable and comfortable. It would be unique and functional, not just another dumb-ass stoplight dragster.

    First I need to hit the Powerball.

    • 0 avatar

      Have you seen Zach Bowman’s “Ugly Horse” build (shockingly enough) on Autoblog?
      (google it, their SEO is perfect).

      Pretty close to that: Fox body with later Cobra IRS swapped in. The powerplant will be…non-traditional.

      Also, I’ve got a ’64 Falcon (previously seen on track under Jack’s coaching here) that’s happy to accept any interesting motor that makes more horsepower than its current 260ci V8.

    • 0 avatar
      Athos Nobile

      Import a wrecked XR6T and swap suspension and powertrain.

      Putting a LHD rack in that front sub-frame should not be an issue to a good fabricator.

  • avatar
    JimR

    Jason DID do something completely different. He’s going after upper-level Solo/ProSolo wins in a cut-throat class with limited prep allowances with hardware no one else would even consider. Engine swaps and suspension geometry re-formats aren’t allowed in his specific category, one that’s more oriented towards competition than hard parking. The front runners are E36 BMWs, Toyobarus, RX-8s, and other newer devices. He did his homework and went the creative route, and I hope it works out for him.

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      Even if Jason doesn’t win, he still restored a 1967 Camaro in a unique way that preserves a cool car for future enjoyment. Better than having it sit in a garage unused, get destroyed by modification, or let it rust into crusher food. If he gets tired of racing a Z/28 clone, the unbutchered restored stock body and frame could be used as a great starting point for another stock type build.

  • avatar
    grzydj

    No reasonable drywall contractor on earth who would want a car like this as there’s simply not enough room for tools or slabs of drywall.

    • 0 avatar
      Reino

      Those “used Camaro + Mexican” jokes don’t get by you, do they?

      • 0 avatar
        wstarvingteacher

        I actually did Chimney Sweeps out of a Lincoln Town Car (1985) in exactly that matter. It was before my starving teacher days. A trailer hitch lends credibility to all sorts of cars. I have no part in any ethnic jokes. I am an old white guy and think “giterdone” crosses those lines.

    • 0 avatar
      AFX

      “No reasonable drywall contractor on earth who would want a car like this as there’s simply not enough room for tools or slabs of drywall.”

      Bumper hitch + contractor’s trailer + roof rack for ladders = problem solved.

      I’m sure the upgraded engine, suspension, and brakes could handle the weight of the trailer. Worst case scenario you just add some helper springs and air shocks to the rear end.

  • avatar
    dswilly

    If I remember correctly from Donohue’s book, the Camano was a dismal road racer stock and the Mustang was a much better starting point. Will be a good challenge to make that handle. Then again nobody is calling out Big Red as a slouch in the corners. Years ago when I did SCCA in the 80’s a guy would show up with a relatively stock 70-71 Z28 , it was awesome to watch, tire smoke everywhere.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    Somehow I like better the RX7 rat rod you posted before.

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    You may not like what he built but it’s his blood, sweat, and tears. I do like it because we aren’t talking about the dragstrip and the typical big block crowd.

    Lots of luck with your competition.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Don’t know why somebody who like musclecars has to be stereotyped as a blue collar guy that “lucked” into “making it”…would it be better if it was a Euro snot brand? Anything that saves a piece of classic American iron is a good thing. Actually driving it is even better! Don’t think this car is the best choice for the mission, but what the heck. wstarbingteacher, I agree with you in that the 1/4 mile is not the end all and building a car with all around capabilities is way cooler that a one trick pony.

  • avatar
    ICARFAN

    Love it and the small block Chevy is IMHO the best bang for the buck you are going to find when you go racing and you are on a budget.

  • avatar
    AFX

    There’s lots of things a guy could do to make a car different from the run of the mill stuff.

    How about a Covair with a supercharged Tucker engine in it.

    A Honda CRX with an Olds Toronado 455 engine.

    A Tatra with a Porsche 917/30 Can-Am engine.

    A Model-T with a Hayabusa engine.

    A Fiero with an Auto Union V-16 Grand Prix engine.

    How about a recreated Duesenberg SJ 20 Grand built on a Ford F-150 extended cab chassis with an ecoboost V-6 ?.

    • 0 avatar

      “How about a recreated Duesenberg SJ 20 Grand built on a Ford F-150 extended cab chassis with an ecoboost V-6 ”

      How about a recreated Duesenberg Model J Murphy Roadster built on a Ford E-350 Econoline chassis with a V-10 Triton engine?

      thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/faux-past-duesenberg-murphy-roadster-replica-by-aat-the-worlds-most-elegant-econoline-van/

  • avatar
    AFX

    P.S. I heard that Toyota was once going to offer a 472 Hemi with a Weiand blower as an engine option on the Previa minivan, but it would have made the center console cupholder about level with the driver’s right ear.

  • avatar
    uglyduck

    Is that a ’68 grill?? I thought all ’67 had round turn signal lights up front..

  • avatar
    Summicron

    That engine compartment is a sacristy and Rhoades is a Holy Man.

  • avatar
    Shipwright

    Something different? How about a Ford Cleveland engine nestled between the front fenders of a “Chevy”?


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