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Video: JCG-Built Blu Balz Camaro Has Its Day on Big Muscle

The 1968 Camaro dubbed Blu Balz and built by JPC Restorations and Customs has been by far one of our favorite feature cars here on Chevy Hardcore. The mere detail that comes with this classic first-gen puts it in a class of its own, and we’re not even talking horsepower numbers or performance yet. But obviously with a car of this caliber, we’re not the only ones to have noticed. With anything great, word spreads fast and this week we saw Big Muscle take a drive down to JCG in Oxnard, California to meet Blu Balz in the flesh. Check out the episode above.

Something as simple as tow hooks or hood pins may not seem like much, but every detail added to this car gives Blu Balz more character than any other Camaro we've seen.

Owned by Karl Dunn of Tennessee, this awesome custom creation is the work of primarily one man- owner of JCG Cris Gonzalez. But unlike many shop-built projects that are nearly fully dictated by the customer, Blu Balz is the epitome of Gonzalez’s vision of a Trans-Am racing inspired 60s Camaro. Luckily, Dunn and Gonzalez have very similar taste and were able to hammer out each and every detail in matters of minutes anytime a question or suggestion would come up.

Built to be the total package as far as a pro-touring beast is concerned, Blu Balz is equipped with a QMP Racing Engines specially-built LS7 engine breathing through a set of Detroit Speed headers and spinning a JCG Dry Sump and Accessory Drive systems. Backing that is a T56 transmission with a clutch from Advanced Clutch Technology.

Specially built by QMP Racing Engines, this mean LS7 was designed to give the competition a run for their money.

Carrying as much of the engine’s 600+hp to the ground as possible is a complete DSE suspension system and Moser 9-inch rear connecting to 19-inch Forgelines on all four corners. Wrapped around these blacked-out beauties are beefy 305/30/r19 and 345/30/r19 shoes respectively.

This car may have been built to drive, but there's no missing details in this interior, which makes you feel right at home whether you're racing on an autocross course or cruising the town.

As far as the aesthetics go, Blu Balz is all about the details, from the custom billet grill piece to the 2-inch stretched fenders in the rear and 1.5-inch stretched fenders in the front. The interior is similarly detailed from the custom carbon fiber center console to the billet gauge panel. Gonzalez spared no detail anywhere on this car.

Blu Balz is an amazing car, not only to look at, but to listen to and feel the mere presence of. Not many people can build a car of this caliber and we’re thankful that we were able to talk to Gonzalez about this amazing car that’s now a feature car in more than one way. We can’t wait to see this car out tearing up some asphalt come 2013.

With every detail subtly executed, Blu Balz is just enough in your face to know something's different about the car without being obnoxious.

About the author

Lindsey Fisher

Lindsey is a freelance writer and lover of anything with a rumble. Hot rods, muscle cars, motorcycles - she's owned and driven it all. When she's not busy writing about them, she's out in her garage wrenching away. Who doesn't love a tech-savy gal that knows her way around a garage?
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