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.”
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.
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.”
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.