By Scotty Lachenauer   –   Photography by the Author

So, you’ve got a wad of cash sitting in the bank. To your credit, you saved it in preparation for your post high school studies: aka your college fund. But you’ve just realized your school days are over and you’re ready to study some other figures, like cubic inch displacement and pound-feet of ground twisting torque.

So, you decide to cash out and use that money for something that will teach you the ins and outs of muscle car tech—slapper bars, fat tires, and internal combustion engines. You find the ride of your dreams and throw your first semester’s invoice in the trash. It’s a done deal. Congratulations, and welcome to the mad world of Camaro Construction 101.

Spencer Thompson of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, is a twentysomething with a love for big-blocks and muscle cars. “I grew up in the car hobby as both my grandpa and dad are in it big time, and I learned at an early age to respect all the classics no matter the make or model,” Spencer states. “While dad has always loved the Blue Oval brand— Shelby Mustangs and Cobras particularly—Mopars and Chevys have also been in our family collection. Between dad and I, we now have about 20 cars, and it’s still growing.

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A few years back, Spencer was on the hunt for a total package muscle ride. He wanted anything badass—something he could build into his Day Two dream car. After some searching, he found an ad for a cool ’67 Camaro that had been built into a Yenko tribute. The owner started it as a Pro Touring car and ended up building a 427ci replica. Spencer knew this was a perfect starting point for his next project.

002 driver side view 1967 camaro

Without delay, Spencer scored the Camaro SS, originally out of Texas, which had somehow made its way to Maryland. It was born with a small-block and a four-speed between the buckets. However, the last owner took the liberty of adding a potent big-block underhood. It bore Yenko badges, among other add-ons, and was finished in a nice skin of Tahoe Turquoise paint.

017 Rear suspension and differential with traction bars 1967 camaro

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Spencer was going to stick with a Day Two theme, so the first thing he did was tear into the suspension and remove everything that was new and not part of his vision. It was all old school from this point on. Spencer added 1.5-inch extended coils up front to give the nose a little lift. Out back, single leaf springs were installed with a set of vintage Lakewood slapper bars to get the stance that he wanted.

The 12-bolt rearend received a complete rebuild, with Spencer adding a Moroso posi unit, Motion Performance diff cover, Yukon axles, and 4.11 gears. To make this beast stop properly, Spencer installed a set of Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners, knowing that the added braking power would be a needed safety feature. Cragar S/S wheels at the corners shod in Mickey Thompson rubber give this Camaro the ’70s street vibe he was after.

010 Engine bay of a blue 1967 Camaro with performance modifications

When it came to the motorvation for this here F-body, Spencer continued with his gameplan: “First thing I did was throw all the new chromed-out parts in the dumpster. Next, I built the engine back the way I wanted.” Spencer didn’t like the way the 427 was set up. It had a long water pump, and the alternator was on the passenger side. It was a ’69-dated engine and that’s how they did it that year, so he added the short water pump and moved the alternator to the driver side.

012 Detailed view of a car engine with a silver valve cover 1967 camaro

Spencer stuck with the stock heads and bottom end as the engine had only 800 break-in miles on it. To add a personal touch, he fitted an Edelbrock Torker intake topped with a Holley 750-cfm double pumper. He then installed an MSD 6AL box, the correct power steering pump, a big-block radiator with clutch fan, and correct deep-groove pulleys and belts. A vintage Fly Eye air cleaner gives the engine bay a custom ’70s touch. At 12:1 compression, this beast punches out over 500 hp at the crank.

014 Classic car interior with a wooden steering wheel and white seats 1967 camaro

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The interior is all old-school cool and is close to the way it came from the factory. First, the Deluxe interior upholstery was done over in its original white vinyl. To keep this ride pointed in the right direction, a deluxe walnut wood steering wheel rests on the original steering column. A Hurst T-handle shifter is mounted in the car’s born-with console and shifts the Muncie M21. Fresh carpet and a restored dash and gauges finish off the cockpit.

009 Front view of a blue 1967 Camaro SS with a hood scoop

As stated before, the car came with a fresh-looking coat of Tahoe Turquoise accented with a white bumblebee stripe, which was just fine with Spencer. “It also came with the Yenko badging, which I did not remove due to the fact I would then have the mounting holes exposed.” Spencer says. “But aesthetically, the Camaro was everything I wanted. I really love the look.”

021 Yenko Camaro Badge 1967 camaro

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The Camaro quickly morphed into the ride Spencer was after. “I wanted to install all the proper add-ons a weekend racer would have back in the day,” Spender conveys. “The tow tabs and slapper bars were a must to give it the quarter-miler look. I’ve tweaked the drivetrain to make it a dependable cruiser so we could hit the local car shows. It’s two cars rolled into one.”

019 hood with a blue finish and chrome hood pins 1967 camaro

Spencer mentions the car has excellent street manners and claims it’s the best stress reliever ever. He also enjoys putting on the slicks and making some straight-line passes for fun. “This F-body handles great, cruises well, and gets a thumbs up everywhere it goes,” Spencer announces.

003 custom blue 1967 camaro

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“I want to give thanks to my parents for teaching me to work hard and how to make things happen on my own.” Spencer maintains. “Special thanks goes to my dad, Jesse, for pulling many late nights in the shop with me and always helping in any way he could.”

005 blue 1967 Camaro parked under a concrete bridge

Owner: Spencer Thompson, Red Lion, Pennsylvania
Vehicle: ’67 Camaro SS

Block: Big-block Chevy
Displacement: 427 ci
Compression Ratio: 12:1
Carburetor: Holley 750-cfm double pumper
Heads: Stock square port #840
Intake: Edelbrock Torker
Ignition: MSD 6AL box
Valvetrain: Roller rockers and hydraulic lifters
Camshaft: Comp Cams Magnum hydraulic roller
Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp headers, custom 3-inch exhaust system, Flowmaster 40 series mufflers
Output: 500 hp at crank

Transmission: Muncie M21 four-speed
Rear Axle: GM 12-bolt with Moroso posi, Yukon axles, 4.11 gears

Frame: Stock
Front Suspension: Stock with 1.5-inch extended coils
Rear Suspension: Single leaf with Lakewood slapper bars
Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Cragar S/S 15×4 front, 15×8 rear
Tires: Mickey Thompson Sportsman 28×7.50r15 front, L60 Mickey Thompson “I” tread rear

Upholstery: Deluxe white interior
Material: Vinyl
Seats: Stock
Steering Wheel: Deluxe walnut wood
Shifter: Hurst
Dash: Stock
Gauges: Stock
Audio: N/A

Bodywork and Paint: N/A
Paint Color: Tahoe Turquoise
Hood: Classic Industries fiberglass Stinger hood
Bumpers: Stock
Grille: Stock

001 driving down highway 1967 camaro
002 driver side view 1967 camaro
003 custom blue 1967 camaro
004 ground view of custom 1967 camaro
006 Blue 1967 Camaro with a river and bridge backdrop
005 blue 1967 Camaro parked under a concrete bridge
007 Blue 1967 Camaro under a bridge profile view
008 Rear view of a blue 1967 Camaro SS under a bridge
009 Front view of a blue 1967 Camaro SS with a hood scoop
010 Engine bay of a blue 1967 Camaro with performance modifications
011 Engine component close up with blue ignition cables 1967 camaro
012 Detailed view of a car engine with a silver valve cover 1967 camaro
013 Carburetor on top of an engine with a silver air filter 1967 camaro
014 Classic car interior with a wooden steering wheel and white seats 1967 camaro
015 custom speedometer and tachometer close up 1967 camaro
016 Additional gauge cluster on a 1967 camaro
017 Rear suspension and differential with traction bars 1967 camaro
018 Detailed shot of rear tire and chrome wheel 1967 camaro
020 Close up of rear taillight and SS badge 1967 camaro
019 hood with a blue finish and chrome hood pins 1967 camaro
021 Yenko Camaro Badge 1967 camaro
022 Side Profile Under a Bridge 1967 camaro
023 Front View with SS Badge 1967 camaro
024 Close up of the Front SS and 427 Badges 1967 camaro
025 Engine Bay with Chrome Elements 1967 camaro
027 MSD Ignition Box 1967 camaro
026 open hood 1967 camaro
028 Camaro Logo on Blue Paint 1967 camaro
029 custom Interior with Wooden Steering Wheel 1967 camaro
030 scenic view of 1967 camaro
031 classic blue 427 1967 camaro

Click on this issue’s cover to see the enhanced digital version of Day Two 1967 Chevy Camaro.

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