The ’69 Camaro is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cars ever. No matter who you are, you’ve most likely seen a ’69 Camaro at one point in your life. You’ve probably even lusted after one. It’s that kind of car.
Dooley and Sons restored Will Lewis’ 1969 Camaro SS396 back to factory specs in 2005. After promptly realizing that the suspension and brake feel from the 1960’s-era wasn’t what he wanted to feel in 2014, Lewis took the Camaro back to Dooley and Sons to have them work a little bit of pro touring magic into his pride and joy. Mind you, over the nine years it’s been restored to factory specs, Lewis has only put 900 miles on the car.
Being that his SS396 Camaro is the real deal and not a clone, it was a big decision to turn it into the pro touring car it is today. To modernize Lewis’ Camaro’s performance, Dooley and Sons dropped in a Don Hardy LS3 and wired it up with Holley‘s Dominator EFI system to produce a healthy 550 horsepower. Putting the power to the ground is a Tremec TKO 500 transmission that routes to a Heidts four-link rearend setup.
Directing it through twisty turns is a Heidts Pro-G front suspension and Wilwood four-piston calipers at all four corners. To fit the significantly wider 19-inch Schott Challenger wheels in the rear, mini tubs were added so the tires wouldn’t protrude past the rear quarters. To wrap up the modern modifications, a Vintage Air A/C unit was installed, along with some Dakota Digital gauges and a custom stainless exhaust with Borla XR-1 Mufflers.