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Weekly Motor Fix: clean Camaro cruiser

12 October, 2015


Every few weeks, we take more of an in-depth look at a car we’ve found — be it at an event, at the racetrack, or on the side of the road — in a feature we call the ‘Weekly Motor Fix’.

This month we stumbled upon a seriously tidy Camaro built by its owner, complete with a video to match.

Auckland’s John Crawford and Angela Hassall imported their 1972 Chev Camaro back in 2013, and have recently given it a full overhaul, bringing it back to peak condition. Of course this was never going to be a stock rebuild, with John having the urge to add a bit more power while he was working on it.

The result of that was getting ‘Stroker John’ aka John Nijssen — a Kiwi living in America — to build up a stroked 383ci small block. While the engine build itself is impressive, it’s the work that John [Crawford] put into the engine bay that really makes it pop. The wiring is now neatly tucked away out of sight and the bay copped a fresh coat of paint at the same time, which adds to the appeal offered by the billet serpentine-belt–drive, bright-yellow block.

As you’ll hear when you watch the video, which was produced by John’s friend Todd Bradley, the car not only looks the part but sounds great also, and he couldn’t be happier with it.

To match the car’s newfound performance, a Speedtech Pro-Touring front suspension package has been added, along with Viking double-adjustable coilover shocks, to firm up the ride.

Despite wanting to add modern drivability, John still wanted a classic look so resisted the urge to fit larger or later-model wheels, instead putting his main focus under the hood. The end result is a great look, and one we’d love to see much more of.

Check out the video here:

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?