Roadkill fans love the Crusher Camaro and why wouldn’t they? It shreds tires like a Collie dog sheds a winter coat, and it’s been one of the most dependable cars in the fleet, General Maintenance aside. There’s only one thing to do with a perfectly decent-running car on Roadkill, and that’s mess with it. Before we make changes though, let’s make sure you know what we’re starting with in our bright yellow burnout machine.
Back in 1994, Hot Rod Magazine rescued this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro from the poised, gaping jaws of the car crusher as part Chevron’s exchange for emissions credits, deemed “accelerated retirement” by the oil companies. Yeah, that whole deal sounded like crap and a lot of classic cars were invariably turned to refrigerators anyway, but HOT ROD saved at least this one ‘67 Camaro to turn it from a well-tended straight-six daily driver into a rip-snorting street machine that would still pass smog. The Crusher has served in several capacities during its 22 years in the HOT ROD and Roadkill families; you can read more about its long history here.
More recently, Freiburger and Finnegan put nearly 4,000 road miles (and a healthy number of extra tire revolutions turning rubber to smoke) on the Crusher Camaro in episodes 19 (with the Super Bee for Midnight Drags at Rocky Mountain Raceway) and 24 (the live engine swap at PRI and a run down the drag strip), but we haven’t dusted off the yellow F-Body recently for Roadkill. Fans have been asking for updates on the Crusher Camaro and after Hot Rod Garage recently gave the Crusher Camaro its eighth engine swap, Freiburger finally got the chance to drive it again and fill in the details:
The new powerplant is a Blueprint Engines 427 ci LS3 with Holley Dominator EFI and a Magnuson 2300 supercharger sending 10 psi of boost into the LS3. The blower’s belt drive is at the back of the supercharger, giving plenty of sonic goodness for the driver from just an inch or two on the warm side of the firewall. All of that is good for well more than 700 horsepower to the wheels, 770 lb.-ft.of torque, and—most importantly—10-second ET’s in the quarter-mile.
This is also the first time in more than a decade that the Crusher has worn its hood, which is the original stock ‘67 Camaro hood. The colors just slightly mismatch now for a variety of reasons, but we still think it looks close enough for Roadkill.
The suspension and wheels have also been updated with 18-inch US Mags Rambler U110 wheels. Under the bigger wheels is a full QA1 coilover suspension with Hotchkiss springs and a QA1 front sway bar. The lowered Crusher now carries a Pro Touring look to it for the first time, though Freiburger is likely to change both the Camaro’s stance and engine again for a retro look. Keep your eyes peeled for more on the Crusher Camaro later this year.