Your Ride: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Ever since Marc Rance was a child he would draw sketches of Camaros. Rance has always had a thing for the 1969 Camaro in “Hugger” orange. After rejecting what would later become his beloved Camaro. Below Rance shares how he got his Camaro to become a head turner. BoldRide: How did you acquire your Camaro? Rance: After opening the trunk lid and seeing my feet on the floor, through the bottom of the trunk, I was giving up on the restoration process. Thankfully my wife and boss were in co-hoots and were going to make sure that this Camaro landed on my driveway sooner than later. What do you love about it? I absolutely love everything about my car. I feel flattered when someone pulls along side and compliments me, it can really make one's head swell. The greatest thing is cruising around with my lovely wife, I could drive forever or at least as far as the gas in the tank will take me.
What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
My car was originally a 6 cylinder coupe. Over the course of 7 years and counting – as I am still detailing – I’ve restored it to clone a Z/28 model as closely and technically correct as possible. The car still displays the “302” badging, although it’s not a real 302…yet. The car houses a 350 cid out of a Corvette, completely rebuilt and beefed up, and of course has more horsepower than stock rating of 425 HP.
What do you feel like when you drive it?
I feel just like a kid when I'm driving my car. When I’m behind the wheel, it's so hard to control myself. With all the grunt under the hood, it's so easy to show off in my car.
Tell us a funny story from during the restoration phase.
One day after coming home from work, I decided to bring my car out of the garage. At the time the car had no subframe or floor, it was completely stripped down. I picked it up from the firewall and walked it out of the garage. I happen to look next-door and my neighbors were sitting on their deck, jaws to the ground. They must of thought I was some kind of animal or The Hulk. It was not that heavy, but I had some fun when they asked, “how much does it weigh?”
What would you change about it?
The only thing that I would change would be the motor; it’s a dream of mine. Someday, I will have a "DZ302" motor to install, which will make my car almost technically correct which will increase the appraisal value greatly.
What's your favorite memory of your car?
I entered and was accepted to "Motor Muster" Festival at The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. This is a two-day gathering of more than 800 quite serious rides, not the cars that you see at the local get-togethers. I remember repeatedly going back to the thought in head; Wow, I'm here with the "Big Dogs" and I did it all myself.
Favorite and dream place to drive and why?
The back roads in Michigan. I haven’t been anywhere else where so many classic and restored cars cruise and hang out. Also, Woodward Dream Cruise week is great. It’s crazy with people and cars everywhere. I usually suffer from an inflated ego afterwards from all the compliments on my ride. Which is also very rewarding, since I did all the work myself. I would die to drive my car on a road course track or any track the Camaro Z/28 competed on in the Trans Am circuit back in it's day.
Price (base when new): $3,184
Estimated Price (now with restoration): $35,000
Horsepower: 425 hp
Torque: 450 ft - lbs.
Car Type: Coupe, Muscle Car
Overall length: 188 in.
Wheelbase: 108 in.
Width: 74 in.
Curb weight: 3,135 lbs.
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