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Classics LS-Swap 1968 Camaro Wears Original Street Freak Paint

19:32  20 june  2020
19:32  20 june  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

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Jon Kelly’ s home-built 1968 Camaro wears a vintage 1971 street - freak paintjob, and packs a turbocharged, LS -powered punch. Such was the case with Jon Kelly' s head-turning 1968 Chevy Camaro , a vehicle the 29-year-old Newport, MN resident says only has 1,000 miles on its original

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If you live in the Minneapolis area, you better not blink, or you may miss summer. And if you're a car (especially anything performance-oriented), that means you may not get the chance to get driven terribly often in anger. Such was the case with Jon Kelly's head-turning 1968 Chevy Camaro, a vehicle the 29-year-old Newport, MN resident says only has 1,000 miles on its original odometer.

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We'd have never guessed that as we tooled slowly through the throng of cars at last year's LS Fest in Bowling Green, KY. Parked proudly across from the Brian Tooley Racing booth, Kelly's Camaro beckoned to us with its highly weathered, period-correct street freak paintjob. Looking like it was ripped straight off a Car Craft cover from 1971, Kelly's Camaro was a soulful time machine with its over-the-top panel graphics.

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You'd be correct in saying paint jobs with panels, pearls, and miles of endless lines are now back in vogue, but Kelly's machine still wears its original fresco, carefully laid out back in 1971 by some anonymous artist. "This car had a few different owners in Minnesota. It was a race car its whole life. I have the original odometer, and it's got 1,000 miles. It got purchased up on the North Shore of Minnesota and immediately it was a race car." At the time, Kelly wasn't even born, but the car caught the eye of Kelly's father in the 1990s. Jon tells it like this: "When I was a kid—starting when I was about 10 years old—my dad bracket raced the car. Then when I was a young teenager, he sold it."

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That was just enough to permanently sear the Camaro into Jon's head, and when it was time to build his own hot rod a few years back, the Camaro leapt into sharp focus again. "Three or four years ago," says Kelly, "I started looking for the car again because I wanted it back. And after about two years of searching, we found it and it was down in Nevada."

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As luck would have it, the Kelly family Camaro still wore its original psychedelic paint—all it needed for LS Fest was a gobsmacking LS powerplant. Fortunately, Jon and several of his friends (Brian Lofquist, Nick White, Johnny B., and Steven Kiehne) have a small informal workshop and a YouTube page (check out Newport Race Shop) where they spend their time during the long Midwest winters.

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As of August 2019, the project was still just a dream, but just weeks before LS Fest, Kelly came into the perfect engine: a 5.3L L33. Why perfect? Because unlike its lowly LM7 brother, the L33 had higher-compression (10:1) flattop pistons, a lighter aluminum block, and LS2 cylinder heads. Pulled from an extended-cab 4WD 2006 Silverado, Kelly and crew spared the big trickery and stabbed it into the Camaro. "We just made its second pass ever. We just finished the car Wednesday night," says Kelly.

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By the time we caught up with Kelly at LS Fest the following month, the L33-equipped Camaro had already been down the Beech Bend Raceway Park track to the tune of 5.40/ 129 (eighth-mile). "We slammed a bunch of BTR valvetrain in it," Kelly told us. "It's got stock rockers still, stock bottom end. The pistons haven't been touched. Stock ring gap. We just slammed it in, and we're running 25 pounds of boost on it right now."

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None of that would be possible without the 107mm turbo from On3Performance. With it, the L33's output swelled from 310 hp to over 1,100 hp. To that Kelly has added bigger injectors, a healthy Holley fuel system, and a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.70 gears. A stock-ish Powerglide carries the stock planetary gearset with a high-stall race converter to get off the line.

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With just 1,000 miles on the clock, an original street-freak paint job, and a valid set of Minnesota tags, all we want to say is: it's high time this thing hit the street! What do you say, Jon?

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