All-Motor ’69 Camaro SS Burns Rubber In Third Gear!

Big wheels, big rubber, and an even bigger engine — what’s not to love about this classic 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS? We’d reckon nothing, really, and the star of the show in this Camaro is its powerplant if you ask us. This GM pony car has the heart of a Corvette under its hood now. It started out as a 427ci big block that came out of a ’66 Corvette, though it’s been massaged a bit.

Larry Ezell said his classic Camaro wasn’t perfect when he found it, though. He’s owned it for more than 11 years, so it’s safe to say, it’s come a long way. We asked him what kind of condition it was in when he found it way-back-when. “Fair,” he replied with a laugh. “Not bad, just fair. I’ve run a street rod shop for long time, and a lot of people bring in their car in pieces. I was glad this one wasn’t in pieces.”

That wheel-and-tire combo ain’t no joke! Larry confessed that those massive Nitto NT555 335/30R18 tires and custom-made 18-inch wheels weren’t going to fit unless a mini-tub kit was put in place by one of his friends, Mike Mcardle, who works at his shop in Mobile, Alabama. The Camaro also rides on Wilwood brakes on all four corners.

Larry is a sucker for Pro Street cars, so you can see where he gleaned his motivation when he built his Camaro. Surely, it’s no easy feat to make nearly 600 naturally aspirated horsepower at the rear wheels, so Larry leaned on a handful of premier go-fast parts to achieve his power goals.

Got chrome? Larry does. That 496ci big block looks right at home stuffed between the fenders of his Camaro, doesn't it?

Larry incorporated an EFI system from FiTech on the Camaro. A hydraulic-roller camshaft from Crane Cams keeps the valvetrain running on-time, while a pair of ported aluminum cylinder heads from Edelbrock keep a mixture of air and fuel coming in and exhaust gasses flowing out. A Moroso oil pan is tasked with housing all of that much needed dino-juice for smooth operation, and Hooker Headers expel those used exhaust gasses out into the atmosphere through a pair of custom electric cutouts.

Larry’s Camaro isn’t set-up exclusively for drag racing per se — though seeing as he’s into Pro Street cars — it’s fitting that his ’69 should be able to perform on the 1320, right? He shared with us that the car relies on a SpeedTech torque bar, Detroit Speed Inc. A-arms and coilovers. But Larry is being modest of course, saying “It’s just your standard stuff.”

'69 Camaro

Larry Ezell, the owner of this beautiful white-stripped, Hugger Orange ’69 Camaro SS, said the engine packs more cubes and more power now. “It’s been bored and stroked to 496 cubic-inches,” Larry affirmed. “It’s got 590 horsepower, and it makes about 617 lb-ft of torque. It’ll burn rubber in third gear no problem!” You should have seen the grin on his face when he shared that with us.

A Tremec five-speed manual transmission found its way into the underpinnings of Larry’s Camaro, paired to a 9-inch rearend and a Strange Engineering differential. What do you say, folks? We say, don’t change a thing, Larry.

About the author

Harrison Noble

Living in San Diego for most of his life, Harrison was exposed to a variety of cars at an early age. His passion for anything that is fast, or has a V8, brought him to Power Automedia.
Read My Articles

Hardcore Chevys in your Inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Chevy Hardcore, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
Chevy Hardcore NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Chevy Hardcore articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

Chevy Hardcore NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Hot Rods & Muscle Cars

Corvette Enthusiasts

Street Rods

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Hot Rods & Muscle Cars
  • Corvette Enthusiasts
  • Street Rods

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Chevy Hardcore - The #1 Performance Bowtie Online Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading