1972 Chevy Camaro
Brad Creamer, Bath, ME
Best E.T.: 11.06/122.02
After getting little respect in muscle car circles with his built '88 Camaro, Brad Creamer decided it was time to step back a decade. Problem was, in Maine, a car that only needs floors, rockers, and quarter-panel patches is considered "solid." So when Brad had the chance to score a '72 Camaro from the dry dusty state of Arizona, he couldn't have been more excited. Sure, it had fairly heavy body damage to the passenger side, but it was completely rust free.

The major sideswipe crunch caused the Camaro to darken Brad's garage for almost two years while he waited for a run of full quarters from Classic Industries, but in the meantime he was planning the replacement for the anemic 307. Beginning with a blown 454 pulled from a van, Brad had the block bored .060-over and all the machine and balance work finished at a local shop, and then set about assembling the short-block in his garage. Using a book by PHR tech contributor David Vizard, Brad also worked his own magic on a set of cast-iron oval-port heads, eventually achieving his goal of 300 cfm at .600 lift according to a Super Flow 300 flow bench. Not bad for a rookie.

Pairing those heads with 9.4:1 compression Speed Pro Pistons and a good COMP grind created a big-block with impressive pump gas-friendly power. Putting his newfound engine-building skills to use, Brad traded a build to cover most of his paint and bodywork costs, which helped the rest of the car come together more quickly over the next four years as funds were available.

That's a long time for a gearhead to be without a toy, but we think the result was worth the wait. With a modest $15K investment, Brad got a second-gen F-body that he can easily drive 100 miles to the track, air down the tires, and run 11.39 at 118.8 mph.

'72 Chevy Camaro: $2,500
Paint and body: $2,200
Cylinder heads: $400
Machine work: $700
Engine parts: $2,400
Trans rebuild: $500
Torque converter: $100
Rearend and axles: $460
Suspension: $600
Exhaust and headers: $180
Wheels and tires: $650
Fuel system and carb: $400
Interior and gauges: $750
Misc. wiring: $200
Misc. expenses: $3,000
Total: $15,040

Brad Creamer, 33 • Bath, ME
Total cost to build: $15,040
Type: Chevy 468ci big-block
Block: stock GM, bored .060
Oiling: Moroso pan
Rotating assembly: GM cast crank, stock rods,
9.4:1 Speed Pro Forged pistons with .125 dome
Cylinder heads: GM cast-iron oval-port (049s)
with custom port work, milled .025,
and Milodon 2.10-/1.88-inch stainless valves
Camshaft: COMP Cams 294S, .595/.595-inch lift
Valvetrain: COMP Cams 1.7:1 roller rockers, pushrods, and springs
Induction: Edelbrock Victor intake manifold,
Holley 850-cfm carb with Proform billet center section
Ignition: Mallory HyFire-6, ACCEL HEI distributor
Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp 2 1/8-inch headers,
dual 3-inch pipes, Flowmaster Super 40 mufflers
Output: 416 rear-wheel horsepower
Built by: owner
Transmission: GM Turbo 350 and 10-inch 3,500-stall
TCI Street Fighter converter,
Hurst Pro-Matic II shifter
Rear axle: GM 10-bolt rearend, 3.42:1 gears
Front suspension: stock with Moroso Trick springs and
Competition Engineering three-way adjustable shocks
Rear suspension: re-arched original springs with poly bushings,
Competition Engineering three-way adjustable shocks
Brakes: stock GM Disc, front; Stock GM drum, rear
Wheels: 15x4 Summit Racing Drag, front; 15x8 Weld Draglite, rear
Tires: 165/80R15 Kumho, front; 275/60R15 M/T drag radial, rear