What is a more iconic muscle car than the 1969 Camaro? No matter what you think of Chevrolet and their answer to the Mustang, it’s undeniable that the ‘67 Camaro set the standard for what it meant to me a musclecar, and the 1969 Camaro perfected it with the lack of wing-window like the ’68 Camaro, the elimination of the extra chrome above the door, the addition of the quarter vents, and the nearly perfect look of the SS stripes running down the length of the car.
This ’69 Camaro belongs to Ryan Newman of Quilcene, Washington, and he has had the car for 12-years. “I had it 5-years before I started the project,” Ryan said. “I worked on it between other projects and it took about a year and a half to complete.”
The Camaro was something that came up and it was too good of a deal for Ryan to pass on. When he saw it, he snapped it up before anyone else could—and he drove it home. Though it wasn’t a show ready car, the Camaro was definitely a good base to start a project.
The car came with a 307 cubic-inch small block, but now features a 355 cubic-incher under the hood, a bored 350 cubic-inch block. “I built the motor myself,” Ryan said. It’s got a Scat crank and connecting rods, AFR aluminum cylinder heads, a Comp solid lifter camshaft, team G intake, and a Holley 750cfm carburetor on top. The transmission is a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed manual and the rearend is a Moser 12-bolt housing with Ford 9-inch ends and axles and Detroit Tru-Trac positraction 4.10:1 gearing.
The front suspension has been upgraded using Hotchkis equipment and 2-inch lowering spring and the rear has been dropped using Global West leaf springs. He also has a Hotchkis sway bar for better ride control and body roll. Ryan installed Bilstein shocks front and rear and Global West subframe connectors.
Inside the car, Ryan has customized the dash with a tachometer where the fuel gauge used to be and an Autometer gauge cluster in place of the stock radio. This configuration gives him a custom look, better readout information, and does not require a complete redesign of the dash system.
Ryan did the paint and bodywork himself, the stunning, glass-like green paint is what caught our eyes at first. It’s a PPG color called Synergy Green. The wheels match well with the look of the car and they are made by Rushforth, they give peak at the Wilwood drilled and slotted disc brakes employed for stopping power on the car.