What's in Your Garage?

 What’s in your Garage?  It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what have and / or you are working on?

This month we have a great Camaro and a terrific write up from Doug in NJ. This is our second of three photo shoots for this month that does a lot to showcase all the types of cars that make High Octane what it is today.

Here is hoping you enjoy Doug’s submission....

Year:    1969

Make:   Chevrolet        

Model:  Camaro RS/SS

Length of Ownership:  22 years

What made you decide you needed a car like this one?

My first car was a '68 Firebird that I purchased from the original owner.  I was in high school and had a ball with that car. The 1969 Camaro was beautiful to me the first time I saw it, and it still is today.  I am a big fan of muscle cars and this Camaro is my number one choice of muscle cars.   

 What Condition was it in when purchased?

 The car was barely running.  It need brakes, engine work/tranny, however, the paint was good. 

 What have you done/ had done to it?

 I installed power disc brakes up front, rebuilt the rear brakes (drums), installed a fresh 350 small block and 350 turbo tranny, Elderbrock Performer RPM package, cam and intake, relocated the turn signals by notching the bumper directly under the headlights and replaced the factory signal lamps with projector beams.  

 Any future plans for the car?

I would like to install AC, fuel injection, larger rims, lower the rear 3/4 of a inch and upgrade the cooling system.  The ideas keep coming....it never really ends!

  Anything you want us to know about this car?

It's a clone RS/SS.  I swapped the body bushing and suspension bushings with neoprene bushings.  I am slowly replacing them with the rubber components until my teeth stop rattling.  

On my first outing with the car after having spent the winter upgrading brakes, suspension and drive train, we went to the 1994 Spring Show and Swap Meet at Englishtown.  While at the show, my wife's (who was almost 8 months pregnant) water broke! I guess our daughter was anxious to see her first car show! Of course I sped the whole way home (approximately 40 miles), the only time I had a legitimate excuse for doing so, and I did not get pulled over... But that was a good thing! After our daughter was born it was time for an interior upgrade!