In 1996, the inefficient original motor was swapped in favor of a GM V8 crate engine that’s been bored and stroked 407 cubic inches, producing more than enough horsepower to easily flick the lightweight coupe in and out of the corners. Balanced and augmented with ported Brodix aluminum heads, Wiseco pistons, Oliver forged rods, and ARP bolts that work in concert to deliver huge power to the wheels, it also has a great lope thanks to a Crane Hydraulic cam with a custom grind. The original 305 cubic inch V8 was the last hurrah of carburetion before the widespread adoption of fuel injection across the line, and the builders stayed true to that era by topping the block with a Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor and an open-element air cleaner. Virtually indestructible, these GM crate engines deliver boastful torque numbers that move the relatively light Camaro with ease, and rumble with a killer American V8 sound thanks to a set of long-tube headers and a Borla exhaust system. Gear swaps are handled by a reliable 700R4 4-speed automatic that was rebuilt in the late ’90s with the addition of a TCI flexplate, and it’s driving an Auburn Pro 7.5 rear end filled with a set of 3.23 Richmond gears out back, which make the Z/28 a comfortable high-speed cruiser and off-the-line scalded dog.
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Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States