The 1969 Chevy Camaro is arguably the most popular muscle car to ever roll off the assembly line. Take Darryl Redd’s modified 1969 Chevy Camaro SS Pro Touring, for instance.
Redd’s passion for performance vehicles started young. As a high schooler, his interest in cars gained traction while working as a gas station attendant—back when service meant full service. He gained valuable mechanical skills working at a Chevy dealership, and these skills served him well when he later opened a Goodyear Tire and Service Center and classic restoration business.
Over the span of his career he’s worked on hundreds of cars—so many that when pressed about exact figures his answer is merely, “there’s far too many to list.” That said, there’s always room for one more—especially when it’s a 1969 Chevy Camaro just begging to be modified.
A local body shop owner and friend of Redd’s, Rick Bennet, originally purchased the car, bought parts, and restored the vehicle to about 70 percent completion before the project lost traction. He called Redd to gauge his interest and “that’s when the fun began,” says Redd.
Ignoring the nearly completed nature of the rebuild, Redd disassembled the Camaro and set to work turning it into a Pro Touring showpiece.
Redd installed a Heidts Pro-G front suspension package with coilover shocks, disc brakes with six-piston calipers, and a rack and pinion setup. He added a matching Heidts four-link suspension to the rear of the F-body with coilover shocks, plus disc brakes with four-piston calipers. A 3.70-geared Currie 9-inch axle custom built by Dan Elliot went underneath. The new suspension system lowered the car to just three or four inches above the concrete.
Rolling stock came next—18" x 8.5" wheels with 255/45ZR18 tires up front and even larger 12.5" x 18" wheels with 335/30ZR18 Nitto tires out back.
Redd rebuilt the 2010 LS3 Camaro engine that came with the car—adding rod bolts, main studs, and cylinder head studs. He installed a COMP Cams roller camshaft with .650" lift, and Pro Maxx Gold dual valve springs were added to control the valvetrain. The Magnuson TVS supercharger rounded it out.
The LS3 cranked out 12 PSI of boost during dyno testing, making an impressive 869 horsepower at 6,000 RPM…and the digits were still climbing at the end of the pull. Redd adapted the Camaro for street use by installing a larger diameter supercharger pulley that lowered boost from 12 PSI down to 8 PSI. For street or track, this supercharged muscle car is ready to go.
• 2010 Camaro LS3 engine
• Magnuson TVS 2300 supercharger
• Aluminum radiator with twin cooling fans
• Stock LS3 ignition
• Aeromotive Phantom 340 fuel system
• 2 ½" stainless steel dual exhaust with Borla mufflers
• Tremec 6060 6-speed transmission with hydraulic clutch and aluminum flywheel
• 2010 Pontiac bucket seats
• Lipstick Red leather upholstery with silver stitching
• Lipstick Red door panels, headliner, and console with polished aluminum rings and strips
• Red Daytona weave carpet
• Black dashboard with carbon fiber gauge panel and black leather dash pad with silver stitching
• Trunk with matching red leather material
• Vintage Air Gen IV climate control system
• GM Switchblade Silver paint
• Silver bronze ghost racing stripes
• Aluminum bumpers painted body color
• Aluminum hood and trunk hinges in anodized black
• Aluminum fender braces in anodized black, firewall smoothed
• Hidden windshield wipers
• Rear mini tubs, transmission tunnel modified for Tremec 6-speed manual transmission
Special Thanks to:
My wife Jean Redd, Rick Bennett, Kevin and Randy Redd, staff at Concept One Pulleys, Lance Disharoon, John Tucker, Sanford Fountain, BJ Fisher, Jeff Johnson, and Dan Elliot