1970 Camaro Z28 Rally Sport NO RESERVE
Price: US $12,655.00 Item location: East Quogue, New York, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Camaro
- SubModel: Z28
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: Rally Sport
- Year: 1970
- Mileage: 54,921
- VIN: 124870N557868
- Color: Mulsanne Blue
- Engine size: 454 Big Block Chevy
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Six Speed Manual
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Black
- Options: CD Player
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z281970 Camaro Z28 Rally Sport. This car is a genuine Z28, but has several performance oriented modifications. This is a car for a "gear head" / hot rodder, not for an originality "numbers matching" purist.
At one time the second generation Camaro was my demonic obsession. I owned at least a dozen of them over the years and would buy anything and everything having to do with them.
During the course of this obsession I met "Mad Mike Maciolek", the founder of the NastyZ28.com website. "Mad Mike" hit a rough patch in his life so I bought the website from him and ran it for a few years before selling it back to him. It remains, to this day, as THE "go to" resource for information on anything to do with these wonderful cars.
I too learned that life has its ups and downs, which means that I can no longer hang onto my Camaros. I am preparing to move 1,000 miles away so all of them need to go. After the 1970 goes next up will be a 1979 Z28 with a 383 small block.
The car is located in East Quogue, NY which is about 80 miles east of New York City on Long Island. The winning bidder must pick up the car in East Quogue.
I bought the car in June 2004 right after it was professionally painted by Keri Coach Works located in Westbury, NY. When I got it the car had a non original warmed over 350 small block. It ran OK, but since the original engine was gone, I was free to install a 454 big block Chevy.
The good stuff about the car:
- The paint is stunning, IMHO. The color combo is a real crowd pleaser and the gloss is outstanding. If anything, the car looks better in person than in the photos.
- It has a ballsy drivetrain. The engine is a Gen V 454 cubic inch big block crate engine from GM. I sent it over to Lawrence Racing Engines in Westhampton, NY for some massaging. It now has Brodix aluminum heads and an Edelbrock Performer intake. The carb is a Holley 750 double pumper with no choke. There are no drag strips on Long Island, so I had the engine built to maximize torque under 5,000 rpm. The engine was run on a dyno before I installed it. Peak torque was 574 ft-lbs at just 2,600 rpm. Peak horsepower was 460 at 4,900 rpm. If you want more eye popping horsepower numbers then install more cam. I am a low end torque guy myself, but your mileage may vary. This car would wipe the floor with a bone stock factory 1970 Z28 with its LT1 350.
- About 2,000 miles on the new driveline. I never drove the car much further than the local cruise night spots. I took it to New Jersey once on a 250 mile round trip with no issues.
- Factory 12 bolt posi rear with 4.11 gears
- I installed a six speed manual transmission from a Dodge Viper using a conversion kit from D&D. At the time it was the only six speed tranny that could stand up to the torque of the big block. Two overdrive gears: .75 and .50. The tranny / rear end combo lets the car climb a wall in first gear, yet cruise down the highway at 70 mph at about 1,800 rpm.
- Exhaust is a 3 inch dual exhaust from Pypes. The car sounds like it means business.
- Steel cowl induction hood from Goodmark.
- Optima battery relocated to the trunk. Installed correctly, with the solenoid by the battery.
- The car can be driven away to anywhere you want to take it.
- It is a genuine Z28, not a "badge car". All the indicators of its authenticity are there (12 bolt rear, trim tag, larger radiator opening, factory Z28 wheels, and so forth). The color does not match the color code on the trim tag, but the car was painted a much better color, IMO.
- Garage kept and covered since I bought it.
The car's shortcomings (stuff I didn't get around to addressing):
- None of the factory gauges work. The gauge panel is there, but all four tabs are broken. The 8,000 rpm tach and 150 mph speedo are both there, but not hooked up. The mileage shown in the listing is when the odometer quit working. I would suggest installing aftermarket gauges and selling the speedo and tach to a purist. You will also need to consult with D&D (still in business) to get a speedo to work. The aftermarket oil pressure, water temp, and voltage meter all work. No functional fuel gauge.
- The power steering belt squeaks. I used a factory big block bracket set up. I had planned to go with a fancy serpentine belt system, but never got to it.
- The Z28 steering wheel is gone. A "joe blow" Camaro steering wheel is in its place.
- The shifter boot is not big enough to cover the opening in the carpet. Not a big deal if you have some fabrication skills, or know someone who does.
- No center console. This was optional equipment back in the day, so this car may have left the assembly plant without it. Aftermarket consoles are available.
- The car is "cold blooded" because the carb lacks a choke. Once it is warmed up it idles fine.
- The car sits a bit low in front. It looks cool and all, but if were keeping it I would install big block springs.
- There is one small dent in the driver's side fender near the Z28 badge ( see photo ). One of my kids dropped a bike by the car. It can probably be repaired by one of those dent repair magicians, but I don't guarantee it.
- Gen V big blocks have no provision for a mechanical fuel pump. I run a Holley blue pump mounted on the passenger side frame rail.
- The quarter panels were "skinned" by the paint shop, probably due to rust. There are some rust bubbles on the bottom edge of the driver's side door, but are only visible on the inside. The trunk pan has some surface rust and signs of bondo. I don't think it is big deal, but worth a mention. if the repair work was shit it would have shown up by now ( 12 years ).
This car can be driven and used as is, or you can apply your own fixes / finishing touches. The paint and driveline are both done, and done well, so the rest is relatively easy stuff for an experienced gear head.
The winning bidder must pick up the car. It would be best if you could take delivery during normal banking hours so we can finalize the paperwork at my local bank branch where everyone inside is on video and the funds can be certified as genuine. No offense intended, just too many bad actors out there.
Thanks for looking.