1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Audio & Electronics
When I was 16 I picked up my first 3rd gen, a black ‘89 RS with the 2.8L and A/C. That was about all that was in her. I drove that car hard and fast whenever I could. Oftentimes it got me into more trouble than it got me to where I was going. About 5 years ago money was tight and times were tough. I had wrecked the car a few years before and only drove it occasionally and it was sitting in storage wasting away. An offer came up for the car and I decided to sell her. When I went down to look at her for what I thought would be the last time, you could really tell that I was just a kid when I bought her, and she had seen many better days. A trip through the community college autobody class had left half of the car in primer (the passenger half…. ) and that little wreck I talked about had “wrinkled” the nose….. Wrinkled it in by about a foot and a half anyways. The hood had some funky garage spray painted red to orange faded Heritage stripes, and the 5 years I had worked as an custom MECP stereo installer had reeked havoc on the interior panels….custom deck mounting in the center A/C vents, speaker pods on the door panels, and a mini-wall had once replaced the back seats. These were all great times (minus the wreck…it was funny too tho…well, it was later anyways), and I couldn’t believe I was about to let her go. But with his promise of getting her running again and a couple of hundred dollars, she was loaded up on a trailer and was gone. I had my camera with me for that one last pic of her riding away. That pic is of my old, primered, wrecked, barely running, “custom” painted ‘89 RS disappearing around the corner and out of my life forever…...
I was on the phone with a guy a while back and I had said that I had a few Camaro’s and he said…. “you know, I got this Camaro that I have been trying to get rid of for a while now, but no one will ever come up with any money for it.” He started describing it to me and you will never believe what it was…....
I paid the guy 1/3 of what I sold her for and my baby is coming home again. Sure she’s a pile of junk that is going to need 10 times what she is worth in new parts, and sure it smells a little like this guy raised chickens inside of it, but you know what…. She’s MINE!!!!!! My ol’ girl will ride again and that’s all that counts. I never thought that I would ever see that car again, and here she is. I have found my baby and I am bringing her HOME! I hope those of you who let them go and want them back have the same luck as I did. I am sure I paid to much, and I am sure that there will be days that I cuss this car like I hate it, but those days will never be outweighed by the days that I look back on her and smile and say…..... THIS IS MY CAR !!!!!!!
So my story has to go on or my pictures that I have posted wouldn’t make much sense. After I got the car back I decided to make it into the Camaro that I had always wanted. It had to be fast, it had to handle, and it had to be a car like no one else on the road was going to have. I cruised the forums for about a year and a half working on ideas and working with other 3rd gen owners who had customized thier cars to get my plan to the next level. As you can see I have a pretty stock ‘91 Z28 and my baby HAD to be better than it. General Motors had come out with the LSX block that could be punched out to a whopping 511 cubic inches and was built to be dry sumped. I was hooked. An LS series engine it would be. I decided at that point that I wanted to build the car to be able to sustain 200mph and still be able to drive it to work from time to time….all that and still get “decent” gas mileage. The roll cage has been designed and the parts have been selected. I am now prepping the car for the body work and the full customization will soon begin.
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