It’s not very often that we have the opportunity to feature a late-model Camaro in our Home-Built Hero department. Let’s face it, most of these cars feature only a few dress up mods, and if they do get any serious performance upgrades, those are typically done at a performance shop, which means it’s not home-built.Steven Roy on the other hand is quick to point out, “All of the modifications that have been done, I have done myself with the help of several friends. Those guys will probably never speak to me again since convincing them this would be a fun undertaking.” Steve bought the car new in August of 2011 from Denooyer Chevrolet in Albany, New York. From the beginning, the car has always been a daily driver, not a trailer queen. Steve told us, “I drive the car year around, except when there is snow or heavy salt on the ground in New York.”
Under the hood is a 416 cubic-inch LS3 with a forged Callies crankshaft and connecting rods, with Mahle pistons squeezing the cylinder pressure. The cylinder heads are CNC-ported, and use a set of Brian Tooley Racing valve springs and titanium retainers. The bumpy stick is also a Tooley piece. Fuel is sprayed into the intake via a set of Injector Dynamics 1,000 cc fuel injectors and Holley fuel rails. Power adders are huge in the late-model world, and Steve’s car is no exception. Extra engine pressure is added by a 78 mm Turbocharger, and we’re certain the Corsa stainless-steel exhaust system sounds great at full song. Steve was happy to report the car makes 630 horsepower and 673.2 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on 93-octane pump gas.Having a butt-load of power is useless unless you have the suspension to handle it. So, Steve incorporated Spohn trailing arms and toe links with Del-Sphere pivot joints, A Truetrac differential with 3.91 gears, and a set of G-Force 1320 axles and a Dynotech driveshaft.
If you like things that really catch your eye, the functional PFYC Sinister ram air hood with a Halo Supercars reverse tilt hood kit will definitely do that. Giving the Camaro a supercar look is the MPD1 rear spoiler and ZL1 front fascia. Finally, Steve credits Jay Griffen of Quick Draw Custom Painting for the airbrush artistry that adorns the engine bay, headlights, interior, and exterior.The car is not only a show winner, but Steve also uses it to help others. “The car was on display at the Javits Center for the New York International Auto Show to draw awareness to the 911 survivors, and I have used it to give disabled children rides during the Woodward Dream Cruise.” Steve said. Steve also backed-up his daily driver statement when he said, “I have driven the car from New York to as far north as Canada several times, and as far south as Tennessee.” Steve continued, “I have even driven it as far west as Wyoming and South Dakota and up and down the eastern seaboard.” Do you want to read about more Home-Built Heros? All you need to do is click here. If you own a Home-Built Hero, we want to hear about it. Since we’ve started the Home-Built Hero series, we have received more than a few candidates, but we still want to see more, as we can never get enough. If you want to see more cars built by you the readers, send us a few pictures of your car showing the engine, interior and exterior, along with all of the pertinent information, and we’ll make you Internet famous. You can send your submissions to [email protected].