Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Hard Way: 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Tom Henry RS

When given a choice, most people pick the easy way.  Lemme give you an example.  If you want to build a hot-rod late model F-body, start with a V8-6-speed Camero and start with some bolt on parts.  Go fast.  Have fun. could chose door number two and end up being eaten by a lion buying a V6 version and modding the daylights out of it so it is only marginally slower than a stock V8.  Find this 2001 Chevrolet Camaro Tom Henry RS offered for $3995 in Goleta, CA via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

This Camaro is a former project car for "Popular Hot Rodding" magazine, "Camaro Performers" magazine and the "Camaro Homepage" web site. The engine was a project for "Pontiac Enthusiast" magazine. The series of articles formerly on the "Camaro Homepage" can currently be viewed at

The car has power windows, power locks, power mirrors, air conditioning and the Monsoon stereo.

The engine is a 300-hp, 3800 Series II V6 modified to have more power than any stock 4th Gen Z28 other than the SS.

The car has the power of a stock Z28 with the lighter weight and the gas mileage of a V6.

Engine modified with:
>Comp cam and roller hydraulic lifters, 206/212-deg duration at .050-in lift, .540-in lift and 116-deg lobe sep.
>DeGroff heads, ported, polished and cc'ed.
>Manley larger-diameter valves, 1.90-in intakes, 1.55-in exhausts
>Comp Cams pushrods
>Katech valve springs and titanium retainers
>YellaTerra 1.8:1 roller rocker arms.
>Extrude-Honed intake manifold and intake planum
>RC Engineering injectors
>MSD coils, MSD plug wires, Denso IT-20 spark plugs
>Whisper Lid air box kit with Green air filter
>Shorty headers
>3-inch cat convertor
>Flowmaster cat-back exhaust system
>custom tune with HPTuners software
>245-hp@5750-rpm and 235-lbs/ft@4700-rpm at the wheels, SAE-corrected. Using a 15% parasitic loss, the engine makes about 300-hp and 280-lbs/ft torque, SAE-corrected, at the flywheel. That is about 100-hp more than a stock 3800 V6.

Fluidyne Radiator

McLeod Clutch and disc
T-5 five-speed manual transmission with Hurst Shifter
3.23:1 rear axle w. Torsen limited slip differential and Inland Empire aluminum driveshaft

Chassis fitted with Global West subframe connectors

Suspension modified with:
>1LE front lower control arm bushings
>QA1 front coil-over double-adjustable shock conversion with Eibach springs
>Global West rear coil springs with QA1 double-adjustable shock absorbers
>Z28 front and rear stabilizer bars w. urethane bar mounts and links
>Global West Rear Trailing Arms
>Global West Adjustable Panhard Bar.
>Global West TracLink System replaced stock torque arm.
>265/45ZR17 Goodear F1 Supercar tires on 17x9-in Fikse Wheels.

Brakes modified with:
>Baer Eradispeed rotors, front two-piece, rear one-piece
>Porterfield R4-S brake pads
>braided stainless steel covered brake hoses

RKSport fiberglass Z28 SS replica cold air hood
136,000 miles on car and engine short block. 50,000 miles on engine top end since modification.

New tires on front
Ok tires on rear

Deal includes these extras:
>Two new tires
>Spare ignition coils
>Stock brake pads, used
>Baer brake pads, new
>Spare Baer set of brake rotors
>Spare tail pipes for Flowmaster system
>Spare set of coolant hoses
>Spare drive belt
>Many extra engine gaskets and seals
>Stock exhaust manifolds
>Stock air filter assembly and silencer

All service records and oil analysis records are available.
Factory Service Manual Set is included.
Owner's Manual and window sticker included

Engine oil: Gibbs Driven LS30 5W30
Trans lube: Gibbs Driven STF
Axle lube: Red Line Heavy Shockproof

Car located in Southern California

Priced at $3995.00

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  1. It's crazy. There is probably $20,000 in mods done to this?
    I like it thought. I bet it sounds pretty good and is nimble around corners. I wonder if the Pontiac bonneville or another supercharger would bolt on?

  2. 1) Buy this car 2) Remove engine and sell it or launch it via catapault into the ocean 3) Install LS 4) spend $2500 on mods 5) happily enjoy your 450 horsepower. Or do what Sean suggests....

  3. I had thought it was a tiger behind the other door, not a lion. Unless there were a couple different sultans who played different versions of that game.

  4. 245whp =/= same power as a stock LS1 even before we examine the differences in power curve and delivery. Obviously and LS car remains superior, but this is still very cool and rare to see someone take the time to mod a V6 to this extent.


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