Home-Built Hero: This ’69 Camaro Is More Than Just A Pretty Face

Camaro

Purchasing a car for more than daily transportation is wrought with excitement, and usually, quite a bit of anticipation. Let’s face it, we all have memories of what we went through to get our projects. Jeffry Beau Bayer is no different. “My cousin Rocky originally purchased the car. That was many years ago. Back then, we were 21 years old. Together, we made the trip to Marshall, Missouri, to get it,” Jeffrey said.

According to Jeffrey, the pair always had an affinity to the early Chevrolet Camaro, and this 1969 version was the car for them. “The distinctive eyebrow body lines and the fact that it had a small-block 400 engine and a Turbo 350 was just what we were looking for,” he said. It was green-on-green when they found it, and they drag raced it for fun and worked on it a lot. But then, they decided to rebuild it. “The car was shiny when we bought it, but it had a ton of hidden cancer that we didn’t know about at the time,” he stated. That meant a complete rebuild was needed.

Camaro

The body was soda-blasted and the guys replaced the floor, inner rockers, trunk, drivers quarter-panel, roof, and the firewall. The metalwork and paint was handled by Paint by Krusty in Peckham, Colorado. “We wanted it painted a bright red, so we got the paint code from a Ferrari F430. The black is a 2012 Dodge metallic black. After the car was painted, it was put together by Daren Plenzig, Danny Kendal, and Jeffrey.

The Camaro has received a lot of upgrades during the transformation, and the Pro Touring look the car is sporting now, is a far cry from the cancer-riddled body they acquired. The rebuild includes a Detroit Speed Engineering front sub frame with updated steering, coilovers, and Wilwood cross-drilled and slotted rotors being clamped by six-piston calipers. The car was also mini-tubbed to accommodate the 335-ratio tires under the rear. Inside, you’ll find black leather and suede seats with red stitching, and Dakota Digital gauges.

While the 12-bolt remains, the 400 small-block and Turbo 400 have been replaced a more reliable and cruise friendly Ramjet 350 small-block, backed by a TCI-built 700R4 transmission.

Rocky and I won the Chevy Muscle pick at the 2016 Goodguys Car show in Loveland, Colorado. This is our dream car, and we try to drive it a lot,” Jeffrey stated.

Do you want to read about more Home-Built Heroes? All you need to do is click here. If you own a Home-Built Hero, we want to hear about it. Since we’ve started the series, we have received more than a few candidates, but we still want to see more – we can never get enough. If you want to see more cars built by you the readers, send us a few pictures of your car showing the engine, interior, and exterior, along with all of the pertinent information, and we’ll make you Internet famous. You can send your submissions to chevyhardcore@powerautomedia.com.

About the author

Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars, and involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion got him noticed by many locals, and he began to help them with their own vehicles.
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