A customer purchased the 1986 Camaro from a family member for around 600.00 If I remember right.
He dropped the car off to us and said... "What should we do with it?" I said well... how about a LC2 Buick GN engine in here.... Good fuel mileage and power! So the process began.
We installed a 9" Ford with Detroit locker and South Side Machine bars with QA1 Coil overs. 10pt Cage and a Mild built Buick Grand National Engine with a 200R4 Transmission. The car at that point in 1999 was running 10.90's on pump gas through the mufflers on a drag radial with 1.48 60' times. Daily driver kind of fun car for the summer.
The customer had me remove the engine from the Camaro and Install it down in a GN he had purchased. The Camaro sat till 2005 when my wife purchased the rolling chassis as a gift to me. I waited 3 years and collected parts as I could afford them Mostly used off TurboBuick.com. Finally it was ready to put together.
I used a TH400 Transmission and installed a 3:25 Rear gear. I took the car to Drag Week in 2009 and got the "Quickest Six". Was in Hot Rod Mag in January 2010 for the coverage of Drag Week.
I decided that the Buick engine was a great setup but really was wanting more from the car. I sold the engine and transmission to a customer and installed it in a 1988 Mustang LX. I took it to Drag Week this year and got the "Quickest Six" Again!
The Camaro now has a 427cid RHS Block LS engine with a Rossler 4L80E Transmission. I am doing this years Drag Week and will be in the "Street Race Small Block Power Adder" Class. This class requires the car to have "Bolt On" style Suspension products. I was able to find Alex at Trick Chassis to help me with the conversion. Alex has been great! His products are top notch and I plan on Letting the car really roll out this year! Thanks to him and his staff there at Trick Chassis!!!