Update: All-New First-Gen Yenko Camaro Build Nears Completion

One of the things we like to do around here, is find out about the many great projects that are coming together and let you guys know about them. If we we enjoy that, we’re ertain many of you do as well. Such is the case with something that is “officially” one of the coolest projects we’ve found this year – the recreation of Yenko family-recognized first-gen Camaro Supercars.

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Champion Cooling Systems is a preferred supplier, and the company’s reputation is why. The 427ci engine should never lose its cool.

In this update, we find out the drivetrain and wiring are getting installed. In case you missed them, click here for the initial announcement, and then here for the previous update. Thanks to a company called Brand New Muscle Car (BNMC) you can design and order an officially recognized Yenko Camaro, hand-built from scratch with an all-new-metal body and parts. Although the subject of our coverage involves an all-new body, the guys at BNMC will also work with your original body shell if that’s what you want. We say that, because you can own your very own Yenko Camaro, as BNMC has been licensed by the Yenko family to continue building the supercars.

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The suspension is comprised of parts from Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, and you’ll find four-wheel disc brakes by Wilwood on each corner.

The all-new body shells are supplied by R3 Performance Products of Yucca Valley, California. “Their bodies are extra straight, inside and out. They use jigs in all areas, inside and out, up, down, front, back, top, bottom, window openings, etc.,” according to David W. Miller II of BNMC.

As the guys continue progress, we found out the engine and transmission have made it to the final mounting location. In true Supercar fashion, the engine is big-block power, by way of an all-aluminum ZL1 anniversary 427ci behemoth. With the help of tuning by Proformance Unlimited, the lightweight monster is developing 550 horsepower, and 600 lb-ft of torque. Feeding all those cubes is a Holley Sniper EFI system, and to keep the engine in this hot rod – and all BNMC-built cars – is a cooling system by Champion Cooling. Behind that is a Scoggin-Dickey Performance Parts-sourced Tremec TKO600 five-speed manual transmission connected to a Strange 12-bolt rearend.

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The crew is also installing the wiring, and as you can see, the project is moving along nicely.

“Next, we will be installing the Classic Industries interior, the Heatshield heat and sound deadening, and an IDIDIT steering column. We will also be doing the final color sand and buff, and adding emblems, trim, stickers, handles, bumpers, headlights, tail lights, grill, etc.,” said David.

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We can’t wait to see the rendering come to life.

BNMC expects the car to be road test-ready in July and will be putting the car through its paces with a track day test session at Hallett Racing Circuit just outside of Tulsa. A car like this begs to be driven, and what better way to test everything than on the track.

If you want to see all the inside happenings, David also tells us that Velocity will be airing a television show highlighting the car’s construction, and that will begin airing Saturday July 7, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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