The guys dove right in, tacking a couple major fabrication projects like the rollcage, then sent the shell to be mediablasted before bodywork began. And that’s when things got interesting. The Camaro came back full of rust holes that had been badly patched with all manner of methods: foam, fiberglass, newspaper … you get the picture. Even the roof was completely shot, but rather than write off all their work and look for another car, Brian and Mark proceeded to remove every single body panel from the Camaro for fresh steel, still with the goal of wrapping it up in four months.
Luckily, Brian and Mark quickly discovered they work very well together and had complementary skills; Brian handled the heavy fabrication and custom work while Mark took care of the intricacies like plumbing, fuel system, wiring, sound deadening, and so on.
Through good teamwork and long hours, it all worked; not only did the Camaro make the Face-Off, it also did well at the Nashville Goodguys autocross soon afterward, and was nominated as a Muscle Machine of the Year finalist. Not bad for a four-month thrash on a trashed Camaro!
This year with Brian behind the wheel of the gorgeous green machine at the OUSCI, it again faired extremely well against cars that took much more money, and many more months to create. Other than the performance, the thing that really caught our eye was the low-key good looks of the color scheme. While it appears to be original Fathom Green, this verdant hue is actually Sage Green Metallic from a ’04 Hummer. Paired with the aged finish of the Forgeline wheels, it creates a classy and reserved look to the Camaro. Brian originally thought Mark was out of his mind for suggesting it, but now he thinks it fits the car’s attitude extremely well. We couldn’t agree more; there should be more green cars.
And that’s when things got interesting. The Camaro came back full of rust holes...
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||Brian Finch (builder)
By The Numbers
Mark Turner/Finch Hot Rod Transformations; Hermitage, TN
Oiling: LS7 dry-sump, Peterson tank, Accusump for pre-oiling
Rotating assembly: stock with Diamond 11:1 pistons
Cylinder heads: Trick Flow
Camshaft: Bullet .657-/.650-inch lift
Valvetrain: PRW rockers
Induction: FAST intake, 98mm throttle body
Exhaust: stainless Art Morrison headers with Flowmaster mufflers and 3-inch stainless pipes
Fuel system: Rock Valley tank with Walbro pump and Aeromotive regulator
Engine management: GM computer with SpearTech harness
Cooling: Afco radiator and fan, LS7 water pump
Output: 570 hp and 540 lb-ft of torque at the wheels
Built by: Intune Motorsports
Transmission: T56 six-speed with stock LS7 clutch
Rearend: Moser M9 with Detroit Truetrac diff and 3.89 gears
Front suspension: Detroit Speed hydroformed subframe with double-adjustable coilovers
Rear suspension: Detroit Speed Quadralink with double-adjustable coilovers
Brakes: 13-inch C6 Corvette Z06 with Wilwood master cylinder
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 18x10 and 18x12 Forgeline ZX3
Tires: 295/35R18 and 335/30R18 BFGoodrich KDW