Volume II, Issue 8, Page 44

When you’ve owned a ’69 Camaro, and a convertible at that, some would say it doesn’t get any better. But for New Market, Alabama’s Danny Hareford, even that highly-prized muscle car wasn’t enough: He had to have a big-block Camaro and it had to be a ’69, a coupe with air conditioning.

The first order of business was a 454 Chevy 4-bolt main block, de-stroked to 427 cubic inches with a Scat crankshaft. Lincoln County Auto Parts in Tennessee machined the block and fit it with ARP main cap studs, Clevite 77 bearings, Wiseco 10.5:1 pistons, a Melling oil pump, and a Moroso 7-quart oil pan. Then they stuck a Hayes lightweight flywheel on the end of the crank. A high-performance 15psi fuel pump was tweaked to deliver 9psi.

The valve train looks like a Comp Cams catalog, including the roller cam (0.538inch lift/236 degrees duration at 0.050-inch), hydraulic lifters, Magnum pushrods, roller tip rocker arms, springs, and timing chain. Dart heads and bronze valve guide seals were the exceptions noted.

An Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold, Holley 770cfm carburetor, and a K&N air cleaner handle the induction business. The MSD electronic ignition, coil, and amplifier fire off the pulse through Taylor Made wires that light the Accel spark plugs. Ceramic-coated Hooker Super Comp headers, mated to a Flowmaster exhaust system, relieve the engine. Topping it off, chrome polished valve covers, a polished 63-amp alternator, brake booster and serpentine pulleys brighten things up in the dark place.

Getting the most out of the 450 HP and 500 pound-feet requires a Hayes clutch and pressure plate, GM 10 ½-inch bell housing, and a Tremec 5-speed transmission. Tremec also supplied a modified driveshaft, which connects to a 12-bolt rear end, 3.73:1 gears, and turns Randy’s Yukon axles.