Where the Money Went
1968 Chevy Camaro: 3,500
Paint & body: $1,500
Mini-tubs: $400
Wheels: $900
Tires: $800
502 crate motor: $6,500
Pistons: $500
Rings and bearings: $100
Machining: $350
Cam: $150
Head porting: $500
Ignition box: $150
Gaskets: $250
Headers: $500
Mufflers/collectors: $250
Nitrous: $500
Fuel system: $750
Radiator: $400
Water pump: $280
Cooling fans: $200
Trans: $600
Shifter: $200
Rearend: $1,250
Rear suspension: $800
Front suspension: $1,250
Brakes: $800
Seats: $400
Gauges: $500
Rollcage: $1,000
Harnesses: $500
Total: $25,780

'68 Chevy Camaro
Jerry Balko, 47 The Colony, TX
Total cost to build: $25,780
Type: Chevy 509 big-block
Block: production 502 block bored to 4.500 inches
Oiling: stock oil pump, Moroso seven-quart pan
Rotating assembly: factory GM 4.00-inch forged crank and steel rods; JE 9.3:1 pistons
Cylinder heads: ported GM oval-port aluminum castings with 2.25/1.88-inch valves
Camshaft: Crane 236/244-at-.050 hydraulic roller, .610/.632-inch lift, 112-degree LSA
Valvetrain: Crane lifters, springs, retainers, and 1.7:1 roller rockers
Induction: Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake manifold, Holley 950-cfm carb
Fuel system: custom 19-gallon stainless fuel tank, Aeromotive pump, Mallory pressure regulator
Ignition: MSD Pro-Billet distributor, Blaster II coil, and Digital 6AL box and wires; NGK spark plugs
Exhaust: Hooker 2 1/8-inch long-tube headers, 3-inch collectors, dual 3-inch Magnaflow mufflers
Cooling: Meziere water pump, dual Spal electric fans, Be Cool radiator
Power adder: NOS nitrous plate system jetted to 275 hp; auxiliary one-gallon enrichment fuel cell with Holley Blue electric pump
Built by: owner
Transmission: GM TH400 trans, ATI 3,200-stall converter, manual valvebody, Hurst shifter
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch rearend with Moser 31-spline axles, 4.11:1 gears, and Detroit Locker differential
Front suspension: Global West control arms, QA1 coilovers, Addco 1 1/8-inch sway bar
Rear suspension: CalTracs leaf springs and traction bars; Koni shocks, Detroit Speed & Engineering subframe connectors
Brakes: GM 12-inch discs, front; Wilwood 12-inch discs, rear
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Billet Specialties Street Lite 15x6 (3.5-inch backspace), front; 15x10 (4.5-inch backspace), rear
Tires: Mickey Thompson Sportsman 26x8x15, front; Hoosier 28x14.5x15 Quick Time Pro, rear