Jim and Diane Grotha from Deland, Fl own this beautiful 1969 Camaro SS. Yes, it’s a real one and was nice enough for Jim to plunk down some serious cash for it last year. It just wasn’t right however, so Jim and his wife started to tear it all down, being careful to keep the beautiful paint/graphic’s undamaged as that was in really great shape. The teardown was all handled in their driveway/garage, most of it while Jim was on his back in and under the car.

Jim is no stranger to automotive and mechanical work as his Dad owned an automotive shop for years. This is where he honed his skills. He’s raced with the best (Wallace’s) in Super Modified’s at all the local track’s. All his skills were put to the test as they began the quest for their ultimate street car. Diane was NOT afraid to get her hands dirty either and was a big help he says! Their first date was at a local speedway - what a gal!

Jim ordered up a big block (454 bored .30 over) from South State Speed while visiting the Turkey Run at Daytona. They started to work on it at the end of January 2013. The car was blown apart and the work was completed in about 8 months. Remember, Jim was working full time for a commercial A/C company so evenings and weekends were devoted almost exclusively on the car. Already equipped with a BDS 8-71 blower, they added aluminum heads, and dual 750 quick fuel carbs. Stainless steel headers fabricated by Coast Chassis Design (2.25 primaries into 4 inch collectors) were added. Jim next purchased all the mandrel bent round and oval (3.5 in) exhaust material from Spin Tech and fabricated the remainder of the exhaust himself. Mallory 6AL Ignition lights its fire. A 400 JW Trans with a 3500 Stahl converter with blow-up proof bell housing and 12 bolt narrowed rear with 4:11 gears get it all transferred to the pavement (He’s never raced it!). Custom Weld Bead-lock racing wheels were next as well as upgrading all the front-end suspension pieces with tubular control arms, coil-overs and rack and pinion steering.


The car was starting to come together so Jim then added and fabricated his own stainless panels, adding Dynomat sound deadener. The car already had a full 10 point cage installed but he tubbed the car additionally for the massive 33x21.5 Micky Thompson rear tires (15X3.5 fronts). A complete Product Engineering Fuel system with custom 12 gallon fuel cell was ordered/installed and powder coated by RCI racing. The interior was upgraded with new seat belt harnesses and factory ‘69 material for the buckets. A Detroit Speed instrument panel, as well as RS headlight door actuators and owner modified American Auto wiring kit and Autometer gauges monitor the vitals. Wilwood brakes get her stopped and it seldom runs over 200 degrees with help from a Be Cool radiator. With over 800hp on tap this thing sounds bad, is bad and will light ‘em up at the simplest blip of the throttle! The underneath of this car is as clean as anything I’ve seen with some awesome detail. Personally, I’ve always loved blower cars, and this one will definitely BLOW YOU AWAY!!

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