The Lifelong Pursuit of a ’67 Camaro

David Snell’s first car was a 1967 Convertible Camaro. It was his pride and joy. He ended up parting ways with the car when he went off to college. Years later he purchased another 1967 Convertible Camaro from a friend. Halfway through the restoration, the car was lost due to a fire at the shop that was restoring it.

Jump ahead, years later David and his wife Cheryl were out of town for business and happened across another 1967 Convertible Camaro. Without hesitation, his wife encouraged him to make the purchase. After getting it home, he came to the realization that the 1967 Camaro did not drive, handle, or stop like the cars he was accustomed to. With the recommendation of his son, David went to meet with the owner of GAP Racing, Tim Palazzolo. After touring the shop and looking at the project being built, a plan was set in place. David wanted a 1967 Camaro that he could jump in and drive anywhere he wanted. He really likes the new ZL1 Camaro

Tim did some tweaking to their plan and had a rendering done of the car. A few back and forth changes and the 1967 Camaro ZL1 theme was put into place. As with any project, it’s only as good as its foundation. A Roadster Shop Spec chassis was ordered for the car. The body was media blasted which would present David with something he was not expecting. Rust, and a lot of it, along with some really bad repair. So the guys at GAP Racing put the car on a jig and replaced the entire floor, trunk, both quarter panels, the tail panel, trunk lid, inner and outer wheel wells, doors, firewall, cowl section, hood, and wiper cowl. Then came the chore of gapping the car.

Fit and finish is a big part of the process at GAP Racing. The body was mounted to the new chassis and then the Chevrolet Performance LT4 was installed and backed up by a Bowler Tremec Transmission. A lot of subtle body modifications were performed, bumpers were tucked in, the custom firewall was built, and a trick stainless exhaust was fabricated. The car was sent off to SpeakEasy Speed for paint and then to Cato’s Custom Upholstery once the GAP crew assembled the car back together.

The last time David saw his Camaro, it was about halfway through the fabrication stage. The next time David and his family will get to see the Camaro will be when the cover is pulled off in the Royal Purple booth, #23543, during the SEMA show in Las Vegas. 

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