Even though it was barely above stock spec and sported rock-hard 15-inch tires, Rodney decided to get back into his previous hobby of running SCCA autocross events and took the Camaro out for a good time. Of course it was slow and plowed and rolled its way around the course, but Rodney determined to make one change at a time, beginning with an upgraded front sway bar. That continued for a while, but it was during a parts scouting trip to a Goodguys event when he saw their autocross for the first time and all the well-built muscle cars running quick laps that he truly felt bitten by the bug. He told his girlfriend that this was something he had to try.

At his first Goodguys autocross, the Camaro still looked like a beater, but had a few bolt-on upgrades and a better set of wheels and tires. Rodney managed to attract the attention of famed Camaro autocrosser Mary Pozzi, who walked over and asked if she could ride along for a lap. Rodney didn’t know her at all other than by reputation, so he was blown away. After the lap Mary said he had a good base to start with and offered some advice on what to do next and how to attack the course. Rodney couldn’t believe how warm and welcoming she and the rest of the crowd were to him; he was hooked and began attending West Coast Goodguys autocross events whenever he could.

Not too long after, Rodney decided to leave the Camaro restoration shop he was working at. So with some time on his hands, he decided he might as well learn how to paint his car. After all, it was starting to amass a respectable list of parts and turn decent lap times on the autocross. So Rodney volunteered at a paint shop nearby and over the course of a few weeks learned most of the finer points of bodywork and block sanding. Armed with that knowledge, he went out and bought $100 worth of white paint and supplies and set up a booth in his garage. Not only did he spray the base white, he also laid out and painted the ’69 Camaro-style stripe. After all, it was originally purported to be a ’69.

By the time we spotted Rodney and the ’68 on a Goodguys course, and then later at the American Street Car Series’ Run To The Coast (RTTC) event, the paint was polished to perfection and it also sported a fresh stock interior with Corbeau buckets and Auto Meter gauges in the dash. If asked, we would have guessed it was a $40K-plus build, but that just isn’t the case. By trading and seeking out deals on used parts and doing most of the work himself, Rodney stuck to that low-buck, real-world goal. How does about $15,000 total for a slick-looking, autocross-ready, daily driveable LS-powered ’68 Camaro sound? Yes, on top of all of that, the ’68 is Rodney’s daily driver, taking him just about everywhere, including work. It sounds to us like you’re out of excuses; get out in your garage and set your own plan to barter, sell, and swap meet your project to completion. We’ll give you 14 months.

I had a running car, albeit ugly, but I was off to SCCA events with rock hard tires, no interior, and five colors of primer.


By The Numbers

1968 Camaro RS
Rodney Prouty, San Mateo, CA

ENGINE:

Type: 6.0L LQ4

Block: GM Iron

Rotating assembly: factory GM

Cylinder Heads: stock LQ4

Camshafts: stock LQ4

Valvetrain: stock LQ4

Intake: Edelbrock carb conversion

Carb: Edelbrock 650 Thunder

Air induction: Spectre airbox

Oiling: Moroso track pan

Fuel system: Holley FPR

Exhaust: Sanderson headers, custom exhaust

Ignition: Edelbrock/MSD LS Timing Controller

Output: untested

Built by: GM/Rodney Prouty

DRIVETRAIN:

Transmission: Hurst-shifted 1975 aluminum wide-ratio Super T10 four-speed with Centerforce Dual Friction clutch

Rearend: ’71 Nova 10-bolt with 3.55 gears and Detroit Truetrac diff

CHASSIS:

Front suspension: fully welded and shot-peened stock subframe with 12:1 AGR steering box, Global West upper arms, Detroit Speed & Engineering lower arms, Hotchkis springs, RideTech shocks, and Hotchkis sway bar

Rear suspension: Hotchkis leaf springs with RideTech shocks and Hellwig sway bar

Chassis mods: Hotchkis subframe connectors and Handle Bar subframe stiffener, Guldstrand upper control arm mod

Brakes: C5 Corvette front brakes on original spindles, Cadillac brakes in the rear

WHEELS & TIRES:

Wheels: 17x8 & 17x9.5 Coys

Tires: 255/40R17 & 275/40R17 Falken Azenis