Labor Of Love: Troy Harston’s Killer LSA-Powered ’67 Camaro

Building a custom vehicle is a labor of love. And if you want to create something unique, you will spend a lot of money doing so, and that’s not even the hard part. The hours that are put into some of these custom rides can’t even be measured in hours; instead, they are measured in years. And while most of us don’t want to wait that long to see a vehicle take shape, depending on the complexity of the build and the workforce available, there’s no way around this problem. 

Troy Harston, the owner of Troy’s Auto Sales in Scottsville, Kentucky, set out seven years ago to build his now award-winning 1967 Camaro convertible. BP Automotive made a video with Harston’s project, which gives us a glimpse of the custom Camaro. And even though the video is only two minutes long, you can tell the attention to detail is second to none. Every inch of this car has been touched in one way or another. 

Harston started with a 1967 Camaro and stripped it down to a bare shell before the body modifications commenced. Harston stretched the rear of the F-body 5-inches, smoothed the firewall, front valance panel, and fender extensions. The front bumper was removed, as were the key locks to clean up the first-gen. Then the Camaro was painted red from top to bottom. 

The engine of choice is a supercharged LSA powerplant with a 6L90E transmission. The only problem with this combination was, no one made a harness at the time. Harston reached out to BP Automotive for a custom harness. “This harness was not something you could buy on the market. BP Automotive took their time and did the measurements, and I believe this was the first harness built that would operate a 6L90E transmission,” explained Harston.

The Camaro sits on Detroit Speed front and rear suspension, with a custom 9-inch rear axle. A set of Baer brakes handle stopping duties when this supercharged machine gets the Rushforth custom wheels rolling. 

On the inside of the Camaro, it’s more of the same tasteful modifications. The factory dash was removed, and a 1959 Impala dash with custom gauges was grafted in its place. Black interior with red stitching can be found throughout the inside of the Camaro as well. 

Harston admits he’s not a car builder by trade, but he could have fooled us with this stunning build. In 2020, he was invited to the Pigeon Forge Dirty Dozen show. Harston won the Ultimate Five at this show and said, “It was a dream come true.”

 

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