1969 Chevy Camaro – Chris Judge

 

As many may know, I attend the Ridgely, MD Car show, Richard Petty Days, each year. (This is my 3rd year) While there, I try to get car owners to share with me, their story, so I can share it with you.

Below is just such a story, of a man, a car and a dream, which has come into reality and is being laid out, just for you, the reader.


Please enjoy Chris Judge’s 1969 Camaro Pro Street Twin Turbo Ls.


0609172200_HDRWhat type of vehicle?

1969 Pro Street Twin Turbo Ls Camaro.

When was it purchased and for how much?

Purchased in 1997 by myself a senior in high school for $2700.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

1997 original

Shortly after being purchased in 1997

No, it wasn’t, but, all work was done at my home with many hours and a ton of help from great friends.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I have owned many year Camaro’s over the years but have always favored a 69.

I have been a full time mechanic and professional metal fabricator since 2001. But have always wrenched on cars since I was very young.

2005 dragracingInfo about the vehicle prior to starting it.

My car was in driving condition with a basic small block Chevy . I drove it for a few years while gathering parts to make it a big tire ProStreet. In 2003 it was sent off to Kens Kustom Chassis in Reading Pa to get its big tire transformation.

As for the first setup back in 2003. It was a 406 small block chevy, brodix heads and the best of everything, built by Jensen Engine Tech.It was backed by a turbo 350 transmission.

The same year my wife and I bought a house and only had a single garage. The bodywork was never to what I wanted till 2007, after we adopted our daughter. I build a 3 car garage and tore the car apart.

FB_IMG_1507936729093What have you done to it so far and what parts you have used?

Since 2007 I replaced all the sheet metal from local vendor Dennys Camaro parts.

The motor setup is an 2005, 5.3l Ls1, out of a truck with twin Precision 6265 turbos.

48mm Wastegates and Tial 50mm bovs.

Edlebrock Pro Flo intake with Holley 160lb injectors, fuel management is Holley Efi with an automotive A1000 pump.

All that power is run through a fully built Trans Specialties turbo 400 and a Chevy 12 bolt rear.

Wheels and tires are 15×4 Weld Pro fronts with 15×14 weld rts rears with deadlocks, all wrapped in Mickey Thompson sportsman tires.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?18278997_10210347663142099_5619210385187123057_o

Paint work Will be finished this winter and will be a beautiful 04 Gto Impluse Blue with flat black accents.

Estimated horsepower is around 800rwhp and will be final tuned as well over the winter months.


 

Check out these photos to see the original car, where it has been and where is is now.


Check out some of our other Camaro articles here.

Article about the 1969 Chevy Camaro

Bruce’s 1969 Camaro

Jimmie Johnson’s 1968 Camaro


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1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination

I generally take the information given and fashion it into a pleasing article all can enjoy. However, this particular article was written by the owner and carried itself as such a well done piece, in and of itself, I decided to just go through, correct minor grammar and punctuation and let it roll.


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1472018_10153462354440506_814941106_nIt is not often when best friends stay that way for 40 years.  My friend and owner of Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade, has been part of how I got involved with cares and just finished a 3 year build on a very rare 1956 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Combination coach.

Bill Ade grew up around a dragster family, his father helped race and set up some of the first race cars in the Edmonton, Alberta area, along with Sitko family who are still racing in Edmonton with their nostalgia nitro car and I helping on a nostalgia car called White Trash.

I myself am a big Halloween nut and have been doing a haunted house for many years and our original hearse was a made up 2007 HHR with landau bars on it.  We purchased our first hearse, a Blue 1991 Cadillac Brougham.

We had found a local hearse club and joined in going to car shows.  One of our hearse 994018_10153308766385506_578336658_nfriends posted about this teal green 1956 hearse for sale on Kijiji.  It was posted on Wednesday and on Friday I went 4 hours south of Edmonton to a town called High River, Alberta and bought the car for $11,000.00 Canadian funds and we drove it home.


Editors Note: Some information about the exterior finish.

The outside of the coach has not been touched since the eighties when it was last repainted … any other 1956 does not exist , other than the stock wiper conveyor to move those every wire has been replaced


The coach had been gutted of all of its original funeral items and made to be more of a limo.  It had a badly installed 350 with an R-4 tranny.  I drove it for about 2 years until the tranny went so it was due for a remodel. Bill had the garage to do it in and decided to take in the task of Project Nightmare, as it was nicknamed.

The first task was choosing a power plant; the LS3 was a popular, modern motor that was being used in may restoration mods.  Bill knew these motors and their capabilities; we want to go forward with this build as I wanted east to replace parts off the GM shelf and all the hearse stuff had been removed previously so it was a new build.


Interested in Restorations? Check out my article, titled; Restoration.


Next were handling, steering and brakes.

12525393_10156457517235506_4644480465458753588_oMorrison IFS Mustang II modified to fit Cadillac Escalade rims.  All on air ride tech shockwaves designed for diesel trucks as the original weight of the car was a lot of pounds.

Everything other than the sheet metals and windows was ripped out of the car.

In that process we found original interior pieces that were blue for the roof of the car.  It was an original teal color car, although it is unknown if it was a tri-color coach like the advertisement for these coaches.

These cars are custom from the factory, they went from Cadillac to the Miller-Meteor car company in Piqua, Ohio to build the hearse or ambulance component.  The car was basically twice the size of an average build so everything was custom made.

The drive line was mocked into the car after the Morrison IFS chassis was installed.

The power plant came from a 2010 Silverado that was recently rebuilt, we found it was the 6.0/6.3L model, so we bought a Camaro intake and a better camshaft and made our own LS2/LS3 hybrid.

One of the major challenges was the transmission set up, getting it to speak the same 15350640_10157886402055506_2233250092874545458_nlanguage as they were a few years apart and many forums were saying it can be done.  Finding the right guy to speak to about the computer issues was key, finding the right tuner to speak to the LS motors was ultra-important.

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and the car and my friend were 12 hours away in Chilliwack, British Columbia, so helping him was every 2 months for a week or whenever I could catch an air miles flight for a weekend to help with the car, or any help he needed in his garage.

I knew I could never repay him for his work and dedication to Nightmare the hearse project is his stamp on the Hotrod world.  Not only is this hearse a one of a kind, it rivals the Thunder Taker, because it was not built by a team of guys, it was built by one guy, Bill Ade of Dutchman Customs.

Andrew, Steve, Jimmy the Finger, Kracker, Ashley, Avery and Melissa and many others all contributed to making this possible.

They say drag race families are the best around, Bill Ade is one of the special people, through many ups and downs he stayed dedicated to seeing this build on the big teal green Frankenstein aka Frankie as we call it.  It has truly come true to its name as it is a car of many makers, parts from all sorts of things and a mad scientist at Dutchman Customs, Bill Ade.


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1990 Chevrolet Custom Caprice Hearse – Eureka End-Loader


Generally, when we think of a Hearse, we think Cadillac or Lincoln, right? Well, what about a Chevy Caprice?

Here is the story of a Caprice Hearse and its trip from South Carolina to Southern California.


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What type of vehicle?

18447448_10154745726158031_1995452416580340346_n1990 Chevrolet Custom Caprice Hearse – Eureka End-Loader

Info about the vehicle prior to starting it.

This Black Beauty Is Originally From South Carolina And Was Bought 12 Years Ago As A Newly Out-Of-Service Hearse.

It was shipped to my home on an open transport trailer – the driver had some issues!

The driver told me he was kicked out of parking lots at various restaurants along the way as people didn’t want any part of it of the hearse.

Its Been Haunting Southern California Ever Since.1044913_10201479674656792_1597813874_n

All In All, This Is A Superb Ride And Will Be A Thrill For Any Owner… Living Or Dead!
It’s a gorgeous car, and it should be, after an investment of $15,000 over the years.  It turns heads wherever I go, men think it’s cool, but their wives are horrified. Sounding like a hot rod, the hearse is fast as one and it passes everything up but a gas station. I put the ‘fun’ into funeral.

I am the weirdo 11 months of the year and the cool person during the month of October,” Aguilar said of her car. “I was never afraid to stand out; I was always afraid to be the same as everyone else. Diversity has its strengths.

What have you done to it so far?

hearse pics 027The Interior Was Gutted And Transformed Into A Custom “Gothic Wagon/Limo” That Seats 7 Easily. Its Been Antennae Frenched With A Coffin-Like Design

Two Sets Of Black Leather Lincoln Navigator Seats, With The 3rd Custom Built

Door Panels Are Black Leather And The Rest Of The Interior And Headliner In Crushed Blue Velour

All New Carpet And All Seats Secured With Reinforced Steel And New Seatbelts

New Linez Top Applied And A Matt-Finish Paint Job.

Totally Rust Free And As Solid As A Granite Headstone!

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1000’s Of Dollars Of Custom Billet Items Including: Steering Wheel, Front Grill w/Skull Insert, Window Cranks, Rear-View Mirror, Brake And Gas Pedals, Cig Lighter And All Dash Buttons. And Of Course, The Custom DeathHead Hood Ornament

New Brake Pads, Shocks, Rocker Arms, Ball Joints, Resurfaced Rotors, And Recently Aligned

New Low Profile Tires On Custom 20″ Chrome

AM/FM Eclipse CD Player, Front/Rear 5 1/4″ Compact Speakers With Flame-Shaped Grills,

Twin 12″ Sub-Woofers With Custom Built Floorboard Box

Cathedral Like Interior Makes For Outstanding Acoustics, With Enough Power To Wake The Dead!

350 Cu. In. engine Is Original to The Car And Moves Like A Bat Outta Hell !!

 


 

 

 

 

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2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show – Bridgeville, DE

On Saturday, October 14th, my family and I decided to attend the 2017 Apple Scrapple Festival Car Show in Bridgeville Delaware.

This year marked the 26th annual festival in this little town. We have been going on and off for the last 17 years we have been married, but, my wife has been going longer that that, as she has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland longer that I have.

Now, as you can guess, this festival is centered around apples and scrapple. (For those of you who may not know what scrapple is, it is scraps of pork, seasoned and cooked and put in a mold.)

The festival is a Friday evening and Saturday event that includes vendors of every kind and plenty of food vendors, with an emphasis on apple foods and scrapple sandwiches. (Again, if you really want to know what scrapple is and my explanation just isn’t enough, ask google.)

Now, this event also hosts a decent sized car show, which is what I will be sharing with you in this article.

You can see the videos, basically, 3 videos that I edited from one large video. This is just a quick walk-through of the show, to give you and idea of the size. I am also adding all of the photos, so you can see some of the best ones there. (All of the cars/trucks were very good, but, I only had so much time.)

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

Video Part 3


Here are the pictures for you to go through.


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1990 Chevy Camaro IROC-Z – Billy Clausen

How often do we just live life, unaffected by the things others may be going through, or, oblivious to the struggles and tragedies happening around us everyday?

I wish every story that I wrote was a happy, no tragedy included, story, however, that would not even come close to representing truth, or the world we live in. Although, the way I write about and convey those tragedies, can create a better story and shed hope and light on an otherwise dark story. This is one of those stories. I hope that you can see hope through tragedy, as Angela has, but I would also like to share another hope with you, so check out my article called restoration.

In honor of her husband, Angela Clausen has asked that I write a story about his beloved Camaro, Sadie. I hope you enjoy and I hope it honors the man and the car!

This is directly from her words.


I have my late husband’s 1990 Chevy Camaro IROC_Z. Her name is Sadie.

170377_1569646083810_4800803_oBilly, my late husband, bought her in February of 2011. She was in rough shape, but he wanted her because she had yet to be modified.

A week after he bought her, we met on a dating site, of all places.

We finally met in person a few weeks later.

Sadie was his pride and joy, besides his kids, so we would always tell people that she was his wife and I was his mistress. He had a duty to her and I was his woman on the side. He had such a love for cars, which has since spread to me. I was never bothered with her being first. Even in the hard times she came before me financially. Never before our kids though!

She started as a factory 305 TPI with a 700r4. Black with silver racing stripes that didn’t 560237_3238174795985_627417039_nmatch up, and a grey interior and T-Tops.

Since 1989 was the last year of licensing production for the IROC, GM used bits and pieces left over from the other IROC’s, which is the reason for the 305

As time went on she changed. Billy built her with odds and ends from “parts” cars we purchased. He kept the best for her and sold the rest.

Our adventures turned Sadie into a site to see. She now has a 350 LT1, and a t56.

She has a black and red interior. I just recently replaced the red carpet kit, the one he put in was disintegrating, it was from ’85 and when I vacuumed her after our evacuation, fibers came out.

She also has a digital dash, and Siphon suspension, she has been lowered, with after market 18″ IROC knockoffs, BMN bar for stability since she is no longer a 305, and a few other stability bars underneath.


On September 1, 2015 the unthinkable happened. We were in a head on collision.

After we had just purchased a daily driver for me that needed work (we were towing it on our car trailer), two of our kids and our dog were with us. My husband and the other driver passed away on scene. (http://fox40.com/2015/09/02/good-samaritans-help-save-two-kids-from-fiery-crash/)  I was able to keep our dog from going through the windshield, and two brave men saved our kids that night. The kids only had burns from seat belts, (WEAR THEM!), I unfortunately had some worse injuries, but pulled through.

On September 9, 2015 the Butte fire went through our area. Luckily I had friends on the fire team who gave me a heads up since I wasn’t able to drive yet, I could hardly walk when we had to evacuate.

12132392_967886919944888_1752717781875318755_oDuring the evacuation a car show was happening that Billy was working towards. His family evacuated myself, kids, animals and our cars ( his IROC and my 78 Firebird Esprit). His wonderful cousin cleaned Sadie the best she could in the short amount of time she had and helped get Sadie to the show. Sadie received “kids choice” and his cousin that helped us was ” Miss Muscle Car” at the show that year.

My husband had me make him a promise that if anything ever happened to him I would crush Sadie. It is the only promise I have broken.

I have been blessed to be able to continue his work with Sadie. She is at the spa as I write this. All body work and paint is being redone from the metal up. She has had a few hiccups while at the spa, but nothing that couldn’t be repaired, and nothing that would stop me from finishing Billy’s dream of Sadie, being a show car that can also take you for the ride of your life!

I have to thank a great friend of my husbands, and now mine too, for helping me maintain Sadie since my husband past. Also for always supporting my opinions and choices for Sadie that I have made since our loss.


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1928 Ford Sedan – William Sands

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The month of September has provided William Sands 1928 Ford Sedan as our feature for the month. Here is the Link to donate.


SO, tell us a little about you.

sedann - CopyI’m 36 and live in small town in Elk City Oklahoma . I do pyrography ( wood burning ) and try to save as many cars old parts as I can.My Facebook page is Forever in Wood.

I have had grand mal seizures off and on for almost 9 years now so it restricts what I can do . Luckily I have only had

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Wood Burning

one in the past year, or so.

I’m no mechanic but I have loved hot rods as long as I can remember and always drove some sort of classic . My 1st car was a ’63 impala .

sedan tape - CopyI Love to make things with my hands . I can beat dents pretty well and taught myself how to weld.

Unfortunately I have never got into mechanics of the engine.

What is the vehicle that is being featured by Lean on Me this month?

1928 Ford Tudor Sedan

Where did you get this gem and for how much?

I found the 1928 Ford Tudor Sedan the in a scrap pile behind a mechanics shop about 2 miles or less away from my house, here in Elk City

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Here is a link to the video of William picking up his 28.

That was almost 4 years ago.

It was missing the doors and pretty much just a shell as everything that could be stolen off of it had been over the years.

I got it for 600 dollars.

Give us a little

idea of where it is in the process right now.

At the moment I do not have a title for it. I have had this tucked under the shelf waiting to come out and be built .

I have been collecting parts here and there as I can , So far I have found the doors on eBay . along with a visor . After finding a few great videos on YouTube the tops been chopped 5 1/2 inches ( my first chop too ) the windshield frame was shot so I filled in the swiss cheese .

I have no plans to paint it, so I am leaving it natural patina .

xmembersedanI have a 307 sbc I’m using for a mock up engine. Using a Ford 9 inch I got from the salvage yard . A dropped front axle kit from Speedway with the hair pin radius rods . Triangulated 4 link for the rear axle.

I have some control arms left over from another project for the front. Using an X member for a 35 ford frame.

Over all it’s in fair condition , not rusted out beat to crap.

I found a ’30 Ford frame in the recycling place for 10 bucks . I will be using the front frame horns and cross member from the firewall up , and the rest 2×4 boxed steel .

I would like to keep it as old school as possible , using a transverse leaf spring setup in the back like the old t buckets.

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I’m going to fix it, someday

If you have been around cars, or car guys, you have undoubtedly heard this at some point, either in 4508192955_b8e7b5626f_bperson or, via a story about a dream car just sitting, rotting away.

When I saw this picture, I had to laugh, because, I have seen this many times and have even asked the person, when they thought they might get around to it. Yes, it kills me to see something just rotting away, never to be used again, never to be enjoyed again. You see, there is a point where something is just too far gone.00b68c9e14bb3befef96b63dda0eab4e

That said, I have seen people pull what looked like total junk out of the woods, or out of the ground and completely restore it. Yes, I love that, I love it when something gets a complete restoration, gets rebuilt to be what it was meant to be, in its glory days, or gets built to be something better, mixing old and new, to become something with greater function and purpose.

catspring-old-houseCars are not the only thing that I have seen this in. I have seen people hold on to an old house and let it rot to the point of falling down, because they wanted to “rebuild” it, someday. The day never comes and it just wastes away, to be forgotten and trashed.

We, as a general rule, put off what we do not deem as important. Sure, that old car or truck has meaning, or may be your dream, but, other things have become more important, so you push it aside, again, with the idea that you’ll fix it tomorrow. That old house that you purchased to fix, or that you inherited from old Aunt Bessy and Uncle Wilbur would be a great project, which you intend to do, but, it is over there and other things are making it impossible to get to today, so, you figure you will have more time, tomorrow.

This is also what we do with our lives. With our very soul. (See my article, called Restoration.) It is over there, it is far off, it just isn’t important right now. We don’t give any thought to where we will spend eternity, because, we are living here, right now. We already have a life to live, responsibilities, desires, so, there is no time, today, to get to our very soul.

Here is a quote I found that I think hits the nail on the head.

I know there are people who hear me preach regularly who will never consider changing their way of living They will go ‘underground’ before they will do that! Our situation is not an isolated case. There are millions of men and women with an understanding of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, who are still not willing to receive and commit themselves to Him whom the very angels and stars and rivers receive. They hesitate and they delay because they know God is asking the abdication of their own selfish little kingdom and interests. This is the tragedy of mankind, my brethren! We have rejected Him from our lives because we must have our own way. But until Jesus Christ is sincerely received, there can be no knowledge of salvation, nor any understanding of the things of God. The little, selfish, sinful man rejects the Son of God. While he is still enumerating the things he deserves, the Son of God stands outside. My brethren, I repeat: this is the great tragedy of mankind!
A. W. Tozer Sermon: Unwilling To Yield

Think about that, ponder it, are you one who will not listen?

I hear, a lot, from people I meet that they aren’t worried about where they will go when they die, they are alive, young and healthy, they have plenty of time to consider that, tomorrow. This makes me very sad, because the Bible is very clear, tomorrow is not promised. We do not know when Jesus will return for His people.

Mark 13:32-37 (ESV)

32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake.[a] For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants[b] in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows,[c] or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

Luke 12:35-40 (ESV)

35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[g] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[h] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God does not promise another breath. I have shared 2 passages from Scripture so that you can see the urgency with which you need to place upon where your soul ends up. You could live another 25 years, or you could die before the end of this sentence. I urge you, take care of your soul, now. Stop putting the things of the world before your very soul.

Luke 9:25

25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

This verse in it’s context is shown below. I urge you to read it, but I also urge you to read my article on Restoration.

Luke 9:23-27

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

I urge you to make your decision now, for, you have been shown the truth and have no excuse. Choose this day, who will you serve?


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