What do you do when your site unseen ebay purchase turns
out to be a patchwork nitemare? Well, if you're bill and larry amsley
you turn that 30 year old rusted detroit iron into a one-off hand crafted
After dismantling the 69 camaro and revealing previously
done shoddy bodywork and rotting sheet metal, the Amsley duo decided to
start from scratch and build something unique and out of the box without
destroying the beauty of the original iconic styling.
One off pieces include a custom chin spoiler, front valance,
rocker trim, clean firewall and extended cowl hood. The dash and functional
roll bar are also fully custom but the most notable item is the classic
'69 scallops in the rear quarters that the Amsleys turned into agressive
looking air vents - contributing to half the name 'vented 454'. The other
half of course is the 454 big block built by Shawn Ridgley. The relatively
mild build focused around massive torque and drivability with horsepower
topping out at a conservative 450 hp at 5000 rpm.
The remainder of the drivetrain includes the reliable and
bulletproof turbo 400 trans along with the highway-friendly 3.08 rear
10 bolt rear.
They next focussed on bringing the handling and braking
ability up to match the forward motion. The full Martz front subframe
and lowering hotchkis leafs in the rear allowed for the agressive stance
and 2 inch drop in ride height. Wilwood 4 piston calipers on all 4 corners
bring the drilled and slotted discs to a halt.
To get all that ability to the ground they added 18 inch
front and 20 inch rear 5-spoke boze ZE forged tach rollers with Nitto
245/40 and 275/35 rubber.
The interior consists of the Amsley’s custom work
throughout. Starting with the dash, Bill got busy creating a one-off piece
that possesses a slightly modern look, but he was careful not to alienate
The General’s familiar operating quarters. Stewart Warner Maximum
Performance white face gauges are meticulously aligned and aggregate the
necessary performance data. What’s left of the dash has been smoothed
and painted, playing perfectly into the look of the matching gray stitching
installed by Helmans Upholstery. The unique roll bar is another custom
piece the Amsley’s fabricated for aesthetics as well as functionality
and safety. As alluded to previously, this car was built for the sole
purpose of driving-not just for show.
It's hard to improve on perfection and the '69 camaro styling
is often described in those terms. We think you'll agree that the Amsley's
have somehow taken that perfect styling to the next level.