Art St.Germain's 1972 Camaro RS
Last updated: October 26, 2011 - new rotors/pads

Dyno Sheet:

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300hp, 350ft/lb tq at the wheels


This is a free-hand drawing of the Camaro done by a co-worker:
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Pics from the 2003 "Run to Roslyn" show:

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Selected as the featured car of six chosen for Mothers Customers' Cool Cars contest for October 2003.. 

Class winner at the 2002 Seattle Super Chevy Show
(Camaro '70-'81 street class)

Class winner at the
PNWCC 7th Annual All Camaro Show 
('70-'73 modified class)

Only second-generation Camaro featured in the 2003 V2 screen saver

Featured in American Racing's Car Gallery


The story behind the car

    1972 Camaro RS, production #11,364.  Longest trip 200 miles.  The car has had a frame off restoration. In 1991-1992 the previous owner did the frame/suspension and engine. In 1999-2000 I did the interior and exterior. In 2002(April) the engine will be replaced, it has some leaks at the mains, and time for some horsepower too. See below for details about each section of the car.

Many thanks to my WIFE and thank goodness for overtime.

     My son Tim wanted a muscle car for High School graduation, so we started looking for one in Feb of  '96. Looked at several cars but in our price range there wasn’t much for $5-6,000. Finally in May we found one, a 1972 Camaro RS. It had some rust, but drove and performed well...Click here to read the the rest of the story



Details about the car

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Click here for current wheel/brake pics

Front Suspension & Brakes

Rear Suspension, Brakes, & Rear End

  • All the following from Vette Brakes & Products, Inc.
    • Heavy-duty front springs, 1” lower than stock, part # 42006
    • Carrera shocks (chrome) # 31086
    • 1 1/8” sway bar
    • Competition disc brake kit, #22085, 2ea heavy duty calipers, 2ea vane rotors, & semi-metallic pads
  • Performance Suspension Technology front-end polygraphite kit, sway bar bushing, body mount set, tie rod ends, idler arm, & control arm bumper
  • All removable suspension parts powder coated or painted gloss black, Including front clip
  • Brakes
    • Manual brakes conversion from Master Power Brakes:
      • Master Cylinder MC390360M
      • Manual push rod kit AD2732K with custom made 5/8" offset clevis
      • Proportioning Valve VL3359 and bracket BL3350K
    • SSBC Force 10 Super Twin 2-piston aluminum caliper upgrade - A180-S
    • New rotors and pads from
      • EBC 3GD sport rotors GD7065
      • EBC Greenstuff 2000 pads DP21145
  • All the following from Vette Brakes & Products, Inc.
    • Heavy-duty rear springs, # 42006
    • Carrera shocks, # 31045
    • 7/8” sway bar
  • Performance Suspension Technology Polygraphite bushing set 
  • 10 bolt rear end with chrome cover
    • Posi-traction, from Mark Williams Enterprises, Inc.
    • Yukon 4.11:1 ratio YG GM8.5-411 (Randy's Ring and Pinion)
      • 2300RPM at 70MPH in 5th gear
      • Installed by Harris Off Road, Burlington WA
      • Amsoil synthetic gear lube
    • Custom alloy axles (Dutchman Motorsports, Portland OR)
  • All removable suspension parts powder coated or painted gloss black
  • Brakes
    • SSBC rear disc brake kit (single-piston with aluminum caliper upgrade, 10.5" rotor) - A125

Front Wheels & Tires

Rear Wheels & Tires

  • From Performance Plus Tire & Auto (Long Beach, CA) & Discount Tire (Burlington, WA)
  • Wheels: 17" x 8" RT5 Retro Alloy, chrome, 4.5" backspacing
  • Tires: Hankook Ventus V12 evo  K110, 245/45-17
  • From Performance Plus Tire & Auto (Long Beach, CA) & Discount Tire (Burlington, WA)
  • Wheels: 18" x 9" RT5 Retro Alloy, chrome, 5.0" backspacing
  • Tires: Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110, 275/40-18




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Restoration pics

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Before restoration During restoration After restoration

Click here to see pics of the full restoration process

Exterior Parts - Replaced

Paint & Body Work

  • Parts replaced from Classic Industries
    • Front Spoiler
    • Park lamps, Tail lights, Rear license lamp
    • Head light rings
    • Passenger quarter panel skin
    • Front fender patch panels
    • Fuel tank & sending unit
    • Front & Rear window molding
    • Door handles
    • Door mirror glass
    • Urethane bumper
  • All new glass including windshield, side windows, rear window
  • Rust-free used rear upper-body panel from Camaro Part Network (Berea, OH)
  • ARB 920 headlights, with m17 white max H4 55/60 blueglow bulbs
  • Front & rear bumpers & grill filler re-chromed by Specialty Plating Co. (Mount Vernon, WA)
  • Paint and body by Hot Wheels Autobody (Mount Vernon, WA)

  • Paint

    • PPG base coat/clear coat: Hugger Orange

    • Black stripes

    • Painted grill black, hand painted silver highlight

  • Body Work

    • Built new rear window channel & driver lower trunk side panels

    • Replaced rusted passenger quarter panel with a new GM full quarter panel

    • Replaced rusted driver quarter panel with skin

    • Replaced rusted driver lower rear part of front fenders



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Click Here for the Interior Pics

Factory Replacement Parts

Custom Parts/Work

  • From Classic Industries

    • Console - #3975798

    • Molded carpet - loop style, carpet underlay kit

    • Rear seat jute, trunk divider jute

    • Deluxe mesh seat shelf

    • Console shift plate, manual shift tunnel

    • Lower manual seal & upper shift boot

    • Dash pad

    • Interior dome lens & reflector

    • Front & rear ashtrays

    • Head liner, Sun visors, Inner rear view mirror

    • Molded trunk mat

  • Corbeau Sport Seats (front), ordered un-upholstered, had them covered in the factory material to match the rear seats by John’s Auto Toggery (Mount Vernon, WA)

  • 1978 Camaro rear seat courtesy of Ken Kudo. The car was wrecked one week after being bought new, seat was never used

  • Factory gauges except for MSD shift light, MSD-8952, mounted on the steering column, from Summit Racing

  • Black floor mats with orange RS pattern, from Auto Custom Carpets, Inc

  • Repainted metal parts, cleaned and polished the rest of what wasn't replaced

  • Original door panels, console, and rest of plastic parts, cleaned and/or refinished

  • Changed dash carrier from factory wood grain to factory black with chrome trim



Motor from Motorworks Northwest (Burlington, WA) completed June 2002

  • 9.5:1 short block (350), painted Chevy orange
    • 0010 high nickel block
    • Speed-pro pistons, .030 over
    • Speed-pro file fit rings
    • Clevite77 bearings
    • Stock crank, polished 10-10
  • Comp Cams Xtreme Energy mechanical roller camshaft, duration 236/242 @ .050", lift .564/.570
  • Lunati roller lifters
  • Comp Cams magnum steel roller tip rocker arms, 1.52 ratio
  • Cloyes plus roller chain set
  • Manley push rods
  • Crane rev kit
  • World Products Heads, Sportsman II
  • Fel Pro head/intake gaskets
  • ARP head studs
  • New harmonic balancer
  • New mechanical fuel pump
  • Dyna gear standard volume oil pump 
  • Alternator bracket, aluminum, chrome finish. SUM-420100
  • Spectre Ind power steering pump cap, chrome cap. SPE-1798
  • Fluidamper harmonic damper, SFI 18.1 FLU-620101
  • Moroso harmonic damper bolt MOR-38770
  • Dayton V belt. #15440 (Parts Plus, Mt. Vernon, WA)

  • Green Performance 14" x 3" air filter, dyed orange 
  • Filter Top & base rechromed by Specialty Plating Co. (Mount Vernon, WA)
  • Edelbrock polished performer intake
  • Holley street avenger 570cfm carb.
  • Moroso 64927 throttle return kit
  • ARP carb. stud kit, stainless steel
  • Aeroquip braided fuel line, dual feed for Holley carb.
  • Aluminum 1969-72 Z28 valve covers polished by Specialty Plating Co. (Mount Vernon, WA)
  • Fuel vapor charcoal cannister #17063011 (Blade Chevrolet, Mt. Vernon)
  • MSD-6LA ignition with Mallory Unilite dual point, using one set of points as trigger for MSD
  • MSD Blaster 2 coil, Taylor red pro wire set
  • Tuff Stuff 100 amp 1 wire alternator from RB’S Obsolete Automotive Inc. (Edmonds, Wa)
  • Optima Yellow top battery
  • Factory battery tray, chromed battery hold down (Blade Chevrolet, Mt. Vernon)
  • Battery cut-off switch, Calterm 41860
  • Summit chrome water pump
  • Milodon gold oil pan, pickup MIL-18600 (Summit racing)
  • Energy Suspension engine and transmission mounts (Summitt racing)
  • ARP-534-9501engine bolt kit, polished stainless steel 12 point (Summit Racing)

Various engine compartment parts

  • All new hoses
  • New master cylinder and power booster
  • New A/C pump
  • Remanufactured steering gear by Red-Head Steering Gear (Seattle, WA)
  • Rebuilt stock radiator with chrome support
  • Billet Specialties radiator cap, 16 pound, plain
  • Chrome fender to radiator support bars
  • Chrome thermostat housing

Transmission/rear end/exhaust pics
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  •  Hooker Super Comp Headers, ceramic coated with 1 3/4" tubes, 32" long primaries, 3" collectors
  • 2 1/2" Flowmaster exhaust,  manifold-back, designed for the Camaro so the muffler is in the factory position (installed by Budget Towing & Repair, Mount Vernon, WA)
  • Tremec TKO-600 - Keisler Engineering PerfectFit 5-speed
    • .64 overdrive
    • Internal offset shifter
    • Mini-billet shift tower
    • SLG-7236 shift handle
    • Modified cross-member
    • Changed upper r/h mounting bolt to socket head cap screw
    • GM 11" bellhousing, titanium/aluminum thickwall construction
  • Centerforce dual friction clutch
  • Hays aluminum flywheel
  • New speedometer cable (Tacoma Speedometer & Instrument, Inc., Tacoma WA)
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