Jessie Coulter has owned this Camaro since around 1998-’99. When he bought the car it was just a street car. Coulter used to go buy late-90s vintage LT1 engines, add a healthy shot of nitrous and go hurt some feelings. If he blew up an engine he would just go back to the junkyard and get another LT-1 and start all over. Slowly over a long period of time, though, it graduated into a full-fledged race car.
Currently, the car carries a 25.5 roll cage, Moser M-9 housing, Coulter’s own torque arm design, and a TRZ Motorsports anti-roll bar/panhard bar combination. To help plant the Camaro’s rear end, Coulter uses Afco double-adjustable shocks with x-valving. The car has Wilwood brakes out back with Lamb units up front, and Weld wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial Pro 275s.
For power, Coulter recently changed the turbo’s configuration to take advantage of the open air source rule. The turbo is a Precision 7691 with a PT3000 intercooler, 66mm blow-off valve, and Race Parts Solutions twin 44mm wastegates. Before this most recent change, the car made 1,007 rwhp, and he has yet to dyno it this year, but judging by the combination’s need for more fuel, Coulter is estimating this combo is good for an extra 250-300 horsepower.
All that power comes from a Thompson Motorsports-built 388-inch short block combination using an LSX block, a Callies crank and rods, Wiseco pistons, and a Brian Tooley Racing custom hydraulic roller cam. Up top are Trick Flow 245cc heads and an Edelbrock Pro-Flow XT intake. Behind the LSX combination is a RPM Transmissions Turbo 400 with a PTC converter, and a Precision Performance Products shifter.
At the most recent NMCA LSX Challenge Series at Atlanta, Coulter put it all together to get the win in Real Street. Coulter qualified number two with an 8.01, but the weekend started out with a bad crank sensor. He fixed that, and all was well until the boost controller quit working during eliminations. Coulter made do with what he had, though, and made the best of it. He caught some breaks, and in taking the win said, “It’s better to be lucky than good.”
Up next Coulter is going to make sure the boost controller issue is fixed and get ready for the NMCA event at Indy in a couple weeks. By winning the first race, Coulter is number one in points, and he’ll look to carry that designation the rest of the season.