Check out this 1969 “Pro Daily” Camaro. It’s not quite a “Pro Touring” or “Pro Street” vehicle, and it’s definitely not your average daily driver. It’s got the power that hot rodders want, but it remains true to its roots and is still a car that is fun and enjoyable to drive on a daily basis.
Check out the Camaro forums online and you’re sure to see a number of people telling you that you’ve got to stick an LS engine in your Gen 1 Camaro. The problem for many is, the LS engine is fuel injected, and fuel injection was very rare back when these cars were first built. Many feel that if you want to stay true to the car’s roots, you’ve got to have a carburetor. Sure, you can build an LS engine that will easily deliver around 1,000 hp, but that isn’t true to the car’s heritage, because to some, it is still an EFI engine.
This 1969 Camaro has more than enough power to satisfy your right foot. The 383 stroker under the hood puts out 500 hp, and 515 lb-ft. of torque. Ride quality and handling were greatly improved by the installation of a Ride Tech airbag system that allows you to power in and out of corners with ease.
The exterior of this 1969 Camaro has received a number of treatments to enhance the looks and let it ride better. Take the grille for example. A late-model Camaro grille was modified and then recessed into the front of the car.
The builders did not slap-on fender flares to clear the over-sized tires, either. The front fenders received a subtle stretching of about 2 inches, while the rear fenders were flared about 3 inches. To match the flares, the doors and quarters were slightly stretched. The end result is a Camaro that has a Trans Am feel to it.
The interior was upgraded with the same theme of subtlety. Instead of sticking something like Recaro buckets up front, they kept the stock bucket seats, but added some bolstering to make the car more comfortable to drive, and then covered the seats with hounds tooth fabric.
Overall, the package is not overpowering to the senses, and blends a great deal of vintage with modern styling. This is definitely a great Camaro that fits the Pro Daily mantra.