October ’14 Feature of the Month: Jeff and Cindy Carpenter’s 69 Camaro


Story by Jeff Carpenter

This project came along fairly quickly with the unplanned sale of my 69 Camaro that I was just finishing up. I needed a new project so my best friend had this car that he and I had just started replacing every piece of sheetmetal on. It was a complete rust bucket. He had lost interest in it so I just bought it from him. Luckily I have a great wife who also loves cars and decided that since I had a pretty good amount of money to start with from my previous sale that I could now build the car that I always wanted.

My last build was a super nice car that I sold to a friend but I wanted more. I had a plan in my head of the car that I wanted so I made a list and went on a shopping spree. Luckily for me I am very fortunate to be able to do almost everything myself in my home garage. I was a painter for several years so I had that part covered. I have to give Lateral-G a lot of credit for this build. I have learned so much from the pros and new builders on here. I knew that I wanted a nice car to go to local cruise-ins and also hit some car shows. I really enjoy all of the people you get to meet at car shows. I wanted this car to maintain a fairly stock appearance but with all of the good DSE suspension.

P1000818_zpsb2340bd7So as far as the car goes I started off with calling Shaun Carter @ SMC Performance in Michigan and had an engine package put together that would be fun to drive with very usable power. He built an LS3 with a great cam, valve work, and a few other tricks that puts out about 550hp. I ordered up a complete TKO 600 kit from Keisler Engineering and went with a Moser Engineering 12 bolt rear with 3:73 gears. I finally got the wheels that I had wanted with the Boze Speedsters and Michelin PS2 tires along with Wilwood brakes at all four corners. When it came to suspension I had my head set on the DSE subframe and Quadralink rear suspension.

When I started on the body I really was not satisfied even though we had just replaced every piece on this one. I knew this car was for me and to get it right I decided to replace the quarters and fenders again with N.O.S. parts to get the great fit and gaps that I wanted. I spent many hours in the garage cutting, grinding, and welding to assure great fitment in the body lines. I am very satisfied with the outcome. When it came to the paint I did all the prep work at home and used my brothers paint booth for all the spraying.

imagejpg8_zpsa4688043The interior is very stock appearing other than the DSE rollbar. I went with a set of Recaro Specialist’s in black leather. Will and Homer Hudson at Hudsons Hot Rods are doing the rear seat to match the fronts. Clint at The Shop LLC wrapped my package tray that I fit around the rollbar and made the kick panels. The door panels, carpet, and headliner are all stock parts. I also added the Covans Thunder Road dash with Autometer gauges. I purchased a set of Clayton Machine Works pedals and few parts from Lokar such as the shifter, e-brake, and trim rings.



  • SMC Performance built LS3
  • Comp Cams camshaft
  • Patriot Gold valve springs
  • Custom sheetmetal intake
  • Hooker Super Comp ceramic headers
  • Vintage Air Polished Frontrunner
  • Billet Specialties valve covers
  • Tremec TKO 600
  • Keisler Engineering Hydraulic clutch and crossmember
  • Entropy Corporation Radiator
  • Moser 12 bolt rear with 30 spline tru-trac
  • DSE subframe
  • DSE Quadralink w/sway bar
  • DSE fuel injected stainless tank
  • DSE rollbar
  • DSE RS electric headlights
  • DSE wiper motor
  • Braking System is all Wilwood
  • Front 13″ 6 piston
  • Rear 12″ 4 piston
  • Polished 1.25″ master cylinder
  • Proportioning valve
  • Wheels are Boze Speedsters in full polished
  • Rears 18×12 w/335-30-18 Michelin PS2
  • Fronts 18×8 w/245-40-18 Michelin PS2
  • Paint and Body done by me
  • Paint is Tornado Red in Global basecoat from PPG
  • Clear is BASF Glasurit
  • All new sheetmetal
  • NOS quarter panels
  • NOS fenders
  • Interior is all new
  • Recaro Specialist S seats in Black Leather
  • Rear Seat being done by Hudsons Hot Rods
  • Factory custom deluxe door panels
  • Trim Parts one piece carpet
  • The Shop LLC custom package tray and kick panels
  • Clayton billet pedals
  • Tilt column by Jim at GM TILT
  • Pilkington Glass