COMP Cams Camaro Progress Update!

COMP Cams Camaro rendering by Carter Hickman Designs.
COMP Cams Camaro rendering by Carter Hickman Designs.

Progress on the COMP Cams Camaro is underway!

Kelle Oeste of V8 Speed & Resto brought her trusty car hauler out to COMP Cams and gave the Camaro a thorough inspection in September. With a passing grade and a clean enough bill of health that would enable her crew to meet our requested deadline, the white convertible was loaded up and taken back to their shop in Red Bud, IL.

Kelle gave the Camaro a thorough inspection before she decided to load it up.
Kelle gave the Camaro a thorough inspection before she decided to load it up.

As soon as the Camaro was safely tucked indoors it was on the lift and work began on the suspension. A Heidts front subframe had been mocked into place during its hiatus in the R&D area of COMP Cams and the remaining parts were quickly ordered to finish it out.

Atlanta Street Rods had fabricated a “state-of-the-art” coil over suspension for the rear during the original build in the late 1990s and while crude by today’s standards, we have to admit that it did hold up to less than “grandma driving” and 600hp for many years. However, for peace of mind a new Heidts bolt-in rear clip was added. 

Once the car’s suspension was sorted out, it was back down on all four wheels for the bodywork. Kelle and the crew jumped right in, removing anything that was bolted on and buzzing the DA sanders over the panels. Since the car had passed their inspection with flying colors, and with a tight deadline, a complete media blasting wasn’t necessary. Previous collision repair to the rear valence was corrected, and minor rusting in the rear wheel lips were cut out and replaced with fresh sheet metal. Condensation from the factory trunk mat had thinned the metal there, so a portion of the trunk floor was also replaced, along with a thinned section of the front floorboard. A custom trans tunnel was fabricated to replace the hacked original panel and to clear the new TCI 6X transmission. Other things like shaving the antenna hole and tightening the door gaps were crossed off the list, and the Camaro is well on its way. Parts for final assembly are piling up from various sources and we’ll chronicle those in a future post.

With word that the the metal work was complete we journeyed to V8 Speed & Resto in January to visit our little Camaro and check out the progress first hand. Without a doubt V8 is a top-shelf shop and their expertise and attention to detail is impressive. Though they are more than capable of building a car much nicer than our requirements, they are very realistic and knowledgeable in finding that happy medium of building us a “Nice Driver” that they can also be proud of as a shop. We are more than looking forward to the finished product.

As of January the car was ready for paint. We had Carter Hickman Design create a realistic rendering in white with black stripes and our CCW Forged Performance wheels. V8 will be turning that illustration into reality shortly.

The engine is slated for assembly in late January. Butler Performance has built a tremendous reputation for building high-powered Pontiac engines, and have been quietly applying their talents to the LS market. They are going to build us a nice one using all of our CPG goodies, and we will be sharing that with you as it happens, as well.

Enjoy the photos, and look for our next installment in the future. We should have an engine!

Be sure and follow along with V8 Speed & Resto on their page!

Camaro Build Progress


Heidts makes a slick bolt-in rear clip for converting to coilovers.
Out with the old and in with the new. The brackets were properly welded onto the rear axle and the bars were bolted in place.
A new flange was handmade and grafted into place.
This is how the COMP Camaro spent most of the last several years: on car skates getting wheeled around the R&D department.
The car was originally built with the original black interior, which was then upgraded to a hound’s tooth version. New ProCar seats have been ordered that offer better bolstering and support while keeping the houndstooth inserts.
Hints of the car’s original yellow color were revealed while removing the old rear suspension.
We found a cool little surprise under the gas filler hinge bracket on the rear valance.
With that the car was on all fours with a safe and functional suspension and ready for bodywork.