Catch of the Day: Brian Hole’s 1974 Camaro

74marooverhead3qpSometimes, we like to cast a wide net over the internet and catch something worth mentioning. Today’s catch from Facebook netted us this this 1974 Camaro, owned by Brian Hole of Hole’s Custom Painting and Body in Anderson, Missouri.

74marohoodfrontIt all started in 1983, with Hole then a 14-year-old kid not yet old enough for a license, but old enough to know what mattered: a man drives a Camaro. Hole can still remember the day (May 14) that he purchased the car which would soon become a project lasting over two decades, but he never lost sight of the end goal despite life’s lemons.

Coming stock with the trusty 350 and Saginaw 3-speed, the Camaro became a daily driver, tinker toy, and labor of love all in one. Through this car, Hole perfected his craft of treating paint, rust, and metalwork with the utmost care, a skill which has obviously come in handy with his self-owned business of today. But he had much more to learn.

In 1998, he opted to try his hand a full rebuild. With the car on stands, he went about sandblasting the frame and cleaning up the steering components. Soon after, a fresh 21-gallon tank, along with fuel and brake lines, was installed.

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Above, you can see the sweet 355 now resting in this revamped Camaro. Edelbrock, MSD, Comp, and more have this small block putting out a respectable 375hp and 425 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: Facebook

A new 350 engine, courtesy of a friend’s defunct ’70 Chevy truck, was donated to Hole, who then had it sent to Performance Machine and Induction in Oklahoma to bore out to 355 cu.-in. Nowadays, the motor is sittin’ pretty with an Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold, MSD ignition, Holley 750 carburetor, and Comp High Energy camshaft. Put it all together, and the car is pumping out 375hp and 425 lb.-ft. of torque.

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Ashley Auto Upholstery got the interior up to snuff with the rest of the professional upgrades.

The transmission was replaced with a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, as the Auburn Gear Pro differential with Richmond 3.73:1 gears lay down the rubber. Applying said rubber was a killer set of 15″ Centerline wheels and BF Goodrich tires. The car was performing, but its looks left something to be desired.

Hole had to wait until 2011 to get to that, however. But get to it he did, painting the car in a cool three-tone scheme of cherry and burgundy red. The rear of the car looks great with the cardiac monitor graphic inside the Bowtie, showing just how much heart its builder put into his car.

Inside, new carpet, arm rests, door sill plates, and floor mats gave the cockpit some fresh style. Classic Industries supplied rubber stoppers and weatherstripping to keep the bare minimums up to date, and a full Alpine sound system–4 speakers, 12″ subwoofer, and a PDX-5 amplifier–had the car’s sound caliber matching with the grade-A technology and comforts everywhere else.

If there’s anything left that needs to be said about this Camaro, it’s this: Congratulations, Brian Hole, and thanks for keeping the faith on your car. We wish you the best of luck.

About the author

David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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