One of my favorite ways to search through eBay is to skip searching by make and model and instead, search by kind of build. “SCCA racer”, “Drag Car”, and so on. You cast a narrow net when you go by year, make and model. But type in something like, “Pro Street”, and watch all of the tubbed out, fat tire fish come flying out of the water. Love or hate the look, a lot of the Pro Street cars that are up for auction right now are high-dollar builds that have been cherished, cared for and now need to find a new home due to neglect, or boredom, or other life situations. Some builds look absolutely dated, with the 1990’s super-graphic paint, Pro Stock scoops, and wheelie bars. But some cars are timeless, and that’s why this 1973 Chevrolet Camaro grabbed my attention. It just looked like a nice street car sitting on the usual Mickey Thompsons out back. But hey, clean second-gen Camaro…that’s never a bad start, right?
Start digging through the photos of this car and you begin to notice the details: the flip-forward nosepiece that starts about 2/3rds of the way back of the front wheelwell. The 1992 25th Anniversary spoiler carefully fitted to the tail. The re-routed fuel filler location and the early C4 Corvette tail lights mounted flush. The more you look, the more you find, and that’s before you flip the nose up and open the doors. The 406ci small-block sits well further back than it normally would, almost a front-mid mounting location. The modifications to fit the back of the block and the TH400 automatic carry over to the interior, where a custom dash, tunnel setup and footwell work have made room. Luckily, less work was needed for the Dana 90 rear axle and the 15×15 Welds to fit out back, and the list of what’s been done is monstrous. This was a big build and it’s been kept well over the years.
We’d simply find a GearVendors for the TH400 and leave the rest alone. The Camaro doesn’t look that dated and everything is functional. And only putting 1,200 miles on the clock since completion is just wrong. It’s time for this Camaro to see the USA, Chevrolet-style.