Project True SStreet Build Update: Here’s What’s Been Going On

True SStreet

A little cutting is usually required when building a hot rod.

Although Chevy Hardcore is a website that typically focuses on classic Chevy cars and trucks, every now and again, we dive into the world of late-model hot rods. Such is the case with our project True SStreet.

For those of you that haven’t already heard of project True SStreet, it is a a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS that we acquired as a theft recovery. That means we got it after someone else got most of the good parts. But, since we plan to build a race car that can be driven on the streets, it was a solid foundation.

True SStreet

With more than 1,000-horsepower, this thing is going to be an animal.

So far, we’ve installed a Moser solid axle conversion, front drag struts from AFCO, a Flaming River rack-and-pinion upgrade, and binders from Aerospace Components. And that’s the articles we’ve produced, but we haven’t been resting on our laurels either.

Although it’s been a while since we gave you guys any new material about the car, we wanted to give you an update and show you that we haven’t stopped working on the car, it just takes a lot of planning to build a car like this.

Cutting and fabbing for engine fitment is underway.

One of the hurdles we had to address was wiring. The 2014 Camaro has a lot of wires running through it, and we really didn’t need half of them. Accordingly, we reached out to the folks at Ron Francis wiring, because we realized that replacing the factory stuff with a complete kit would be easier and faster. Completely rewiring a car can be a daunting task, and the folks at Ron Francis filled us in on what we would need. We haven’t gotten to the point of installing the kit as of yet, but you can expect a full article explaining all the details of properly rewiring a car in the near future.

Next, we had to find out what would be needed to install the supercharged LSX engine that will be “motorvating” True SStreet. This engine started life as a long-block from Chevrolet Performance, that got updated with goodies like a Whipple supercharger and a camshaft from Comp Cams.

True SStreet

The Ron Francis wiring kit will make juicing-up the Camaro a breeze.

Since the supercharger does utilize a rear-facing inlet, some modifications needed to be made to the cowl. That required a lot of engine in, engine out, and engine back in again.

That 1,000-horsepower new-age small-block will also need to be cooled, but that task will not be easy. So, we recently received a radiator from C&R Racing that will certainly handle the job. Again, look for a full article about how they perform and the technology that goes into keeping 1,000+ horsepower cool.

True SStreet

Cooling a high-horsepower engine can be a daunting task. Stay tuned for an article about how C&R Racing does it.

Finally, you have to sit somewhere. Someone in the office mentioned putting a set of sport-style bucket seats in the car – he was immediately chased out of the meeting. This is a race car, not a cushy streeter. Sure, the Camaro will be able to handle the rigors of street duty, but let’s be realistic, it isn’t being driven to work every day.

So, Jegs hooked us up with a set of race-style bucket seats, and they are being fitted as this is being typed, so look for a full article on that in the near future. As you can see, we have a lot of great articles headed your way.

True SStreet

They might not be designed for long trips, but the new race seats from Jegs will help keep us safe.

That gets you updated as to what is going on with project True SStreet, and eventually, this is going to be really badass Camaro. Check back often and see how things are going.

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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