WHEN the bonnet is popped this ’67 on Camaro, onlookers come buzzing in like bees to That’s because instead of the original big-block, this subtle sunny yellow street car has just completed Drag Challenge 2018, turning the tyres to the torque of a turbo LS V8.
With owner Ben Taylor aiming for eights from his cruiser Camaro, the donk is a built 6.0-litre LS2 from a VZ Holden Commodore. Ben imported the Camaro from the US 12 years ago and decided GM’s all-alloy LS would be better for the three Fs (fun, fast and ’fective!) than the stocko big-block and the 10-second 430ci small-block he fitted in between. The puffer is a rather portly 88mm Turbonetics that pushes around 20psi down the throat of the six-oh thanks to pipework by Les at Fat Pipes at Kallangur. These LSs seem to survive boost easily, even when dragged from squillion-kay Commodores. However, to keep it 100 per cent reliable when chasing eights, Ben had Phil from Phat Engines at Caboolture freshen up his with tougher pistons and rods, and a lumpier cam and tighter springs on a pair of better-breathing factory LS3/6.2L heads.
The management is Holden, tuned by Crusty from Precise Offroad Performance in Narangba.
It’s backed by a fresh Powerglide, which was installed just before Drag Challenge after the old one was turned inside out at Drag Challenge Weekend in Queensland earlier in the year. Surprisingly, Ben says the rear end retains the standard leaf springs, aided by what he describes as a homemade link to help prevent axle wind-up.
“We had a ball!” says Ben of Drag Challenge 2018. “We had issues at Drag Challenge Weekend; gearbox issues and we lifted the heads. So it was a thrash to get the car ready for Victoria with an engine rebuild and a new gearbox. We had it tuned on the Monday and left for the event on the Thursday.
“This time, things went a lot better. I changed the oil once but apart from that, didn’t even pull a sparkplug out of it.” The pretty-but-potent Camaro’s best number at DC 2018 was a 9.30@146mph at Swan Hill. That’s awesome for a car that Ben cruises with his wife Mel and kids Charlie and Shaylee. And still there’s more in it.
“There are still things that need sorting out,” says Ben. “We couldn’t do anything about that at the event, so we’ll eight, work on as-is.” it for s next time. I want to run an
Class: Haltech Radial Blown
SPECS Engine: GM/Holden LS2 6.0L
Turbo: Turbonetics 88mm ‘Y2K
Thumper’ Transmission: Powergilde
Diff: 9in, 3.5:1 gears