1969 Chevrolet Camaro

1969 Chevrolet Camaro


Owner: Terry Murphy


This project was a complete top to bottom restoration. The result is on lean, mean Muscle Machine.

The car was kept fairly stock in terms of bodywork. The original hood was replaced by a Goodmark Industries cowl induction type. Since the bottom of the car was rusted out we replaced floor and trunk pans with aftermarkets from the Car Shop and Year One. We also reinforced the sub-frame of this GM unibody

That classic Camaro nose and grill are a large part of this car's appeal. It just screams, "Muscle Car!"That's right! A ZZ502, 500hp out of the box, Chevy crate motor. This one was supplied by Courtesy Chevrolet here in Escondido. The polished brackets and pulleys on the front of this baby are from Zoops. This package hooks up the rear wheels through a six-speed Richmond Trans from Speed Warehouse, and a Currie Enterprises 3.70 rear end.This particular Big Block is chilled by a large capacity Be Cool aluminum radiator. A 70-100 amp chrome GM alternator keeps juice flowing through the new Painless Wiring harness.

For the most part, the interior has been kept stock. We did, of course, add a Vintage Air AC system. Fortunately they now make a unit specifically designed for Camaros. We also added the gauges left out of the stock dash configuration--tach, temp, alt/amp, and oil pressure.In addition to the hood, we replaced the trunk lid with a spoiler version that adds that final styling touch. Bigs and littles, of course. The wheel wells were tubbed slightly to accomodate the rear tires. Bilstein shocks and Eaton coil spring keep the tires on the road where they belong.

Mr. Murphy. Another satisfied customer.

ARTICLE September, 2003. Adrenaline Junkie: This '69 Satasfies The Need For Speed By Andrew Schear Terry Murphy, a Southern California based FedEx pilot and formerNaval Aviator tells us that there's nothing like lighting the afterburner in an F-14 Tomcat. When you fly jets for a living, it takes a lot of adrenaline to keep you on the tips of your toes, Terry tells us. The combination of 27,000 pounds of thrust and sidewinder missles is about the manliest duo on Earth. With a background such as this, one would think that anything that can't hit mach two is a slight disapointment. Terry tells us that isn't quite so. When he hops in his 502 powered '69 and drops the hammer, the only thing he can thinks is: Wow! This is way off the scale of my official Fun-O-Meter. After seeing Terry's F-body lay a second gear patch 10 feet long, we agree. As a young kid, Terry recalls drooling over the '69 every time the garage dor opened. It had been in the family since 1976, Terry tells us, and was originally purchased by his big brother, but was unfortunately crashed in 1978 or 1979. After the accident the '69's primary purpose was to catch dust before it hit the garage floor, a lousy existence for a beautiful machine. Some 20 years later, Terry sought the permission of his siblings to bring the '69 from it's resting place in Illinois to the West where he intended to give the '69 a revival fit for a king. With no complaints from his family, Terry made the long trek back to California and straight to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, in Escondido, California. Once at HR&CS, Terry and shop owner Randy Clark hammered out the details and began the work. Terry's rationale was simple, since the car was not a Z/28 or the like, it made no sense to return the car to original condition. With this in mind. the '69 received a GM 502/502 big-block backed by a Richmond six-speed transmission. Power was transferred through a 9-inch rearend, housing 3.73:1 gears and a posi unit. Cornering ability was derived from a set of Eibach springs in front and Eaton Springs in back. All four corners were dampened by Bilstein shocks mounted in the OEM locations. To help keep the '69 rigid, Detroit Speed sub-frame connectors and thicker sway bars were also installed. Now that the '69 was mechanically sound it traveled down the street two blocks to HR&CS's in-house paint facility where the body would be straightened and prepped for paint. After the shell was blocked straight, it was dipped in a deep, Garnet Red PPG two-stage clear with black stripes. When the clear had dried the finish was color sanded, pinstriped, re-cleared, color sanded and then buffed to a gloss like finish. In the interest of driveability, air-conditioning was installed as well as the wiring for a stereo. After the Torque-Thrust wheels were dropped on, the only thing missing was the cash from Terry's pocket. There's something to be said for knowing when is enough is enough, and we think that Terry knows just where that is, his garage of course! We hope to see this rubber-burning monster around the highways of Southern California, but with Terry's need for speed, all we'll be seeing are his taillights! Owners: Terry & Dianne Murphy. Vehicle: '69 Camaro. Engine: 502-inch big-block, GM Gen VI heads, forged-steel crankshaft, Pink rods, 9.6:1 pistons, GM aluminum high-rise manifold, GM cam, 527-inch lift, 234 degrees at .050, GM HEI ignition, K&N 14-inch filter, Sanderson headers, Dynomax mufflers. Transmission: Richmond six-speed, Centerforce dual friction clutch. Suspension-Front: 2.5-inch dropped spindles, Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks Suspension-Rear: 3.73:1 9-inch rearend, Eaton 2-inch lowering leaf springs, Bilstein shocks, by Hot Rods & Custom Stuff (760) 745-1170. Wheels: 16-inch American Racing Torque Thrust II Tires-front & rear: BFG Comp T/A 225/50R/16. Interior: Classic Industries carpet and door panels, vinyl seating surfaces, OEM seats, Autometer gauges, Grant steering wheel, Ididit steering column, Richmond shifter, by HR&CS. Exterior: PPG Garnet Red two-stage clear with black stripes, by HR&CS.