24th Oct2011

2001 Camaro SS: A Lasting Legacy

by Michael Chandler

F-Body Camaro CAMautoMag

Forty-four years ago Chevrolet, blindsided by the runaway success of Ford’s Mustang, debuted the Camaro. For thirty-five years they battled on drag strips, from stop light to stop light and on road courses across America. But then in 2002 Chevrolet pulled the plug on the Camaro. Thankfully they built Billy Moody’s 2001 Camaro SS (#1469) before putting the car on an eight year hiatus.

Camaro SS Corvette Wheels

This F-Body, for lack of a better word, is awesome. Everything that made the car good in stock from, has been made better by Billy’s modifications. Modifications that aren’t limited to making the car a drag machine. This thing can handle! This new found ability to turn has been helped by Bilstein shocks and Strano springs at all four corners. Strano also provided the hollow sway bars that are at either end of the car.

Billy tapped the massive catalog of BMR Suspension for a healthy amount of the suspension. The A-arms, panhard bar, lower control arms, and cross member have been replaced with BMR units. They also provided relocation brackets to help keep everything in line. However, most of these you don’t see. You do however see the bright red UMI sub frame connectors. A SLP Strut tower bar (also bright red) helps stiffen up the front portion of the chassis. Speaking of the New Jersey based muscle car part powerhouse…

 LS1 Intake

They are the makers of the intake that brings fresh air into the LS1 laying under the hood of the SS. Also providing power adders are MAC Performance, via their long tube headers, and Borla’s adjustable cat-back exhaust. The whole organization is orchestrated by the ECU tune Billy got from Tuned By Frost.

4th Gen Camaro SS

 Camaro Borla Exhaust

Outside there’s not much to differentiate this black SS from another, aside from the red subframe connectors. The wheels are C6 Corvette pull offs, wrapped in sticky Toyo rubber. Behind the shiny, shiny five spoke wheels are drilled and slotted rotors. Like I said, nothing to draw much attention aside from the subframe connectors…and that distinctive Chevy V8 rumble.

 2001 Chevy Camaro

Chevrolet re-introduced the Camaro in 2010, but it was an entirely new beast with new engine and transmission packages and a new platform. Billy’s Camaro stands as a tribute to the thirty-five year legacy the F Body Camaros left.


Words and photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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27th Sep2011

The Blueprint: Nissan 240SX

by Michael Chandler

If you’ve seen the drifting coverage we’ve previously had, then you know of the car featured here. What you might not know are all of the gritty details of how this S13 coupe came to be the silver, purple and green beast it is today. Let us begin with the obvious question: why a 1JZ? (more…)

25th Aug2011

Project Perfection: RB26 Datsun 260Z

by Trent

260Z CAMautoMagThis project has been a project of love and determination. Clint, the owner of this 74.5 Datsun 260Z originally started this transformation 9 years ago on a different continent. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan with the Air Force and bought this US Spec car in Japan 15 years ago. Being constantly surrounded by Nissan Skyline’s, he decided it would be best to mate the looks of his Datsun, with the power of the almighty Skyline.
Datsun 260Z RB26DETT
Just before Clint was transferred back to the United States, he got the motor swapped in. He was stationed in Alaska where the majority of the work on the rest of the car was to be completed. It unfortunately spent 5 years in the chassis shop, so the motor got transplanted in another Z and ran a 9.1-sec 1/4 mile before he wrecked the car at the track. He estimates it is now putting down 750whp.
Skyline GT-R Datsun
How does a stock RB26DETT turn into the beast it is now? He started with a motor out of an R32 Skyline GT-R and swapped in an R33 crank, Crower Rods, HKS Pistons, JUN ported head and valvetrain, 280-deg. cam, Head coolant mod, 1000cc injectors, and a T88 34D turbo. All of this is controlled by an HKS VPro Tuner, HKS meters, and HKS Boost Controller.
260Z Front Mount Intercooler
Getting this power to the ground not only requires a healthy dose of tire(31″ tall Mickey Thompson slicks), but it is channeled through a 2-speed Power Glide transmission and a Ford 8.8 Rear End.
260Z Ford 8.8" Rear End
RP Squared in Utah finished up the chassis before paint and it is now certified to run an 8.5 1/4 mile. Clint is currently deployed in Qatar, but hopes to be back on the track when he returns and plans to run a low 9 or high 8-sec. 1/4 mile.
260Z RB26 Inside
The body is hardly original on this car, it is comprised of many fiberglass replacement parts to lighten the load. The front mirrors and doors are all that remains untouched on the body, the rest is aftermarket.
Drag Datsun 260Z
Out of the 9 years this car has been under construction, it has been on the road for a total of 1 year. Clint demands perfection in this project, he made sure to point out things in the shoot that just weren’t quite perfect enough and said we weren’t shooting that. This car just needs glass and it is perfect. The paint glistens, the stance is just right, and the swap is clean. However clean it is, Clint tells us he still has some work to do in the engine bay to tidy it up. While in there, thoughts of a bigger turbo also come to mind to ensure he hits that elusive 8-sec. 1/4-mile time. We plan to follow up on this car as it hits the track sometime next year, until then it’ll be perfectly preserved waiting for its chance at the Christmas Tree.
RB26 260Z

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Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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12th Aug2011

Put Some Mustard On It – Datsun 510

by Trent

Modified Datsun 510

When Allen Anderson was 16 his dad asked him what car he wanted. Allen said he wanted a Datsun 510… He ended up with a BMW 2002. (more…)

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22nd Jul2011

CAMautoMag visits the Corvette Museum

by Trent

Corvette America's Sports car
No matter where you are in life, and no matter your vehicle preference, you have to respect the Corvette and what it has done for sports cars throughout the years. With this genuflection, CAMautoMag took a visit to Bowling Green, KY when we were in Nashville for Import Alliance. Check out the Corvette history after the jump. (more…)

14th Jul2011

Repeat Offender: 2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

by Michael Chandler

You may remember that in the first issue of CAM we featured a pair of ridiculous Subarus: a 2006 WRX wagon and a 2003 2.5 RS. Since then the Wagon has gone down for some repairs while the RS soldiered on. Shane brought the car out for a late night photo session so we could see some of the changes he’s made in the year and some since we last brought you this car.

 Subaru Impreza Stanced

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12th Jul2011

VW GLI: Low, not slow

by Trent

It took time for us to track down this car. I had managed to see it numerous times as I drove to and from work. I knew the general idea of where the owner of the car worked, and then suddenly it disappeared. I later found out Spencer, the owner of this car, quit that job, but a chance appearance at Wuste 2011 led me back to the beauty of this car and its simplicity.
This 2005 VW Jetta GLI is daily driven and the ride height is static. Just getting to the photo shoot location required careful and deliberate maneuvering, but even that wasn’t enough to avoid scraping the front lip a couple times. You’d think with a vehicle this low, it’d be all about showmanship, but that’s where you’re wrong, it’s ready to get up and go if called upon. VW GLI CAM Cover (more…)

27th Jun2011

Chevrolet Advance Design Truck

by Michael Chandler

Chevy truck cover

In 1947 Chevrolet released the Advance Design series of trucks, their first major redesign since the end World War II. They were produced and sold from ’47 through ’55 and were the #1 selling truck in the United States for those 8 years. Sixty-four years after their release, Joe Garcia bought three trucks and made them into the 3100 you’ll see after the jump (more…)

30th Mar2011

Shown Daily: Nissan Cube

by Trent

This is the feature that didn’t want to happen. CAMautoMag is based in Utah, but we travel to California frequently. This time, the trip was anything but normal. First of all, we were in the wrong town thanks to our over-reliance on Google Maps. We were a mere two-and-a-half hours away from where this Cube was actually located. Since we were in the wrong place, our planned spots went out the window. Then when we got to the correct location, the weather decided to turn to mush quickly. We improvised a spot, but the force of the wind wanted to throw the light stands to the ground and one did fall…in a puddle of water. Then the batteries on the camera and lights decided to pack up since it was too cold to work consistently. But, in spite of all of that, the Cube was ready to take on all challengers. Whether it’s the mean streets of L.A. or the equally as competitive show circuit, this Cube shines.
CAM Nissan Cube Cover

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10th Nov2010

Doc Would be Proud: Twin Turbo Lotus V8 DeLorean

by Trent

It’s hard not to reference the classic ‘Back to the Future’ series when you see a DeLorean. Unfortunately for Ham, the owner of this one, it’s all too common. Getting to that elusive 88mph is quite the burden in a standard DeLorean with it’s anemic V6, but Ham used a modified Twin Turbo Lotus V8 he had lying around to help give it a push. Needless to say, going beyond that 88mph limit is a slight press of the right pedal away.

CAM Twin Turbo Lotus V8 Delorean (more…)