You can look at this first-gen Camaro and tell that it’s a little ‘different’, but you have no idea how different this muscle car really is underneath its custom body panels. Built by CLP Motorsports, the foundation of this build is a full front conversion to a C5 Corvette, including the sub-frame swap. The control arms, steering rack, and QA1 coil over shocks are all meant for a C5 Corvette. Out back is a mix of C6 and C5 components, with a C6 sub-frame and control arms and QA1 shocks meant for a C5.
An Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) let’s the team use a MTI TR6060 sequential transmission with Stage 5 C6 differential combination. This setup, plus the addition of a Lingenfelter timing box allows this Camaro to feel like a modern car when it shifts. The Centerforce DYAD twin disc clutch kit handles the power like a champ, without the difficulties common with some twin disc clutches.
Our sister publication recently talked a little about this clutch during an install on a modern LS1/T56, and we highly recommend it for many different setups (see that piece here.) A full Tilton manual pedal assembly allows the pedal to be changed instead of adjusting line pressure to the brakes.
The 427ci LS7 engine comes from Mast Motorsports, and is oiled with a Dailey Engineering dry sump oiling system. Exhaust runs through a set of Kooks long-tube headers. A set of 65 lb./hr fuel injectors from Holley keep it fed from the ATL fuel cell and Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump, while a Holley Sniper throttle body feeds air into the engine. The team installed a Safecraft fire suppression system under the hood for emergencies.
Stopping power comes from eight-piston front and six-piston rear Wilwood disc brakes. The Camaro rolls on 18×11-inch (front) and 18×12-inch (rear) three-piece, lightweight CCW wheels, wrapped in R888 Toyo Proxes tires. LG Motorsports sway bars add stability to the front and rear.
If you open the door, you’ll find a NASCAR-style door bar on the driver’s side, a full roll cage, and Safecraft fire suppression system for optimum safety. The driver’s side has a Sparco seat with six-point safety harness, while a Cobra seat is in place for the passenger.
This CLP Motorsports Camaro is pretty extreme at every corner, and there’s nothing about it that someone working for Chevy in the 1960s would have dreamed up.
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