Call 440-914-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 1971 Camaro Brute Force Wow! This car exceeds the definition of pro touring! And the best part is it exudes craftsmanship and ingenuity! Description An ultimate Pro Touring build! Built LS7, T56, Detroit Speed chassis 657 hp at 6,700 rpm Massive amounts of subtle changes Multiple time magazine car Fresh and ready to race Check out this article from Car Craft : Remember those games in kids' magazines where you try to spot the differences between two pictures? Bob Bertelsen's '71 Camaro would be great for the car guy's version of this game. There's not a body panel on it that hasn't been re-formed, modified, or otherwise massaged, but most of the changes are so subtle, without a stock example sitting next to it, they escape the eye. That exemplifies what Bob does as a car builder. He works with the original design, and without trepidation, crafts it into the vision of how he sees the car in his mind. Bob is not a professional car builder, although he certainly possesses the ingenuity and capability it takes to be among the best in the business. Most importantly, he lacks that mental block that most of us have-the one that mocks us, saying, You aren't capable of doing that! Take, for example, the roof of his Camaro. Bob wanted to integrate design cues of a fifth-gen Camaro into the car, including a 12-inch-wide recess in the roof panel. Most people who don't do professional metal-fab work would shun the idea, and even quite a few pros would be hesitant to launch into such an endeavor. Not Bob. He dove in, starting by rolling two 3/8-inch tubes and adhering them to the roof to create a basic structure and shape. He then cut out the 12-inch-wide section and crafted a new centersection. He didn't get the consistent arch he wanted the first time, so he modified his metal stretcher, welding a socket to the tool and using a torque wrench to modulate a consistent torque applied to the stretcher. He welded the recessed section into the roof for a subtle enhancement that looks so natural that many people don't even notice it. Bob had RPM Hot Rodding do the interior, starting with a clean slate. They fabricated a custom dash, door panels, and console that houses everything Bob will need for performance driving as well as hitting the open road. The unobtrusive rollcage was created by Bobs friend, Tom McKenzie. That design element continues as the air flows rearward over the decklid. An original spoiler would have looked disproportionate and clunky with the flush and smooth rear panel of the car. Bob created a new spoiler that is 3/4-inch shorter and 1 1/2 inches smaller (front to rear), incorporating the same 12-inch recess from the roof panel into the center of the spoiler. Another critical part of Bob's craftsmanship is functionality. This is true in the basic hardware, and also in the design aspects of the body. All of the ports and ducts carved into the sheetmetal of his Camaro-aptly named Brute Force-perform a purpose, whether it's directing fresh air toward the engine, onto the rear brakes, or exhausting hot air from the engine compartment. Nothing on this car was overlooked, and every millimeter of sheetmetal was intentionally shaped. Even with his exceptional level of fabrication capability, Bob took the Camaro to Area 51 Autoworx when it was time to have the finishing bodywork done and the car sprayed. Choosing the color was an adventure in itself. His local paint store mixed a dozen or so variations of blue and sprayed them onto sample panels, but none of them were exactly what Bob envisioned. So he talked the paint shop into letting him do some mixing on his own. A dash of this, a drop of that. He was able to create a color he loved, but there was no formula for it. He sprayed it onto a panel and took the pieces to BASF. They scanned it and created a formula, complete with the name Brute Force Blue! A casual glance doesnt uncover the extraordinary craftsmanship in this car. What looks like an RS bumper is actually three completely custom metal sections, and the original marker light openings were filled with round foglights and brake duct inlets. Even the grille was custom created just for this car. Bob is the owner of A-Plus Powder Coaters, so he made generous use of his company's coating capabilities on the car. Anything that wasn't painted on the Camaro was powdercoated in a special gray texture that he created. On some surfaces, such as the valve covers, he added black with orange accents, creating detail and connecting the engine to the exterior graphics. In addition to a unique look, the powdercoating is durable and easy to clean. He even mixed up a special orange powder and sent it to Baer to have the calipers powdercoated to match the detail paint he used throughout the car. Even though this car was primarily built in Bob's two-car home garage, he is quick to acknowledge those who helped him. Shayne Smeltzer, Willys Smith, and Tom McKenzie all spent weekends at Bob's place working on the Camaro. And Jason Rushforth penned the first rendering of the car. Bob and Jason bantered back and forth about many of the design details that make up the overall statement of the car. One area that combined many of their ideas was the nose of the car. Jason recommended recessing the grille and using a three-piece front bumper. Bob created a grille using CAD tools and had it cut using a water jet. He didn't want the nose to look like an RS, though, so he omitted the upper marker lights and integrated round foglights into the rectangular openings that would have housed standard parking and turn signal lights. Some time ago, Bob was incurably infected with the Pro Touring disease. He competed in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) with his previous F-body, Code Red, and he took measures with his current project to make sure it lived up to the brute in its name. In fact, immediately after the car debuted in the summer of 2012, Bob competed in our inaugural Muscle Car of the Year (MCOTY) competition at National Trail Raceway, a mere day after earning the Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year award. Since Bob has competed with cars in the past, he knew that he needed to outfit his machine with the right equipment to get the job done. He chose DSE suspension systems front and rear, using the company's Hydroformed subframe up front and its Quadralink kit in the rear. The front subframe is a bolt-in system that mounts tubular upper and lower control arms, C6 steering knuckles, DSE power rack-and-pinion steering, and a DSE splined sway bar into one seamless package. The Quadralink rear system completely replaces the leaf springs, using a tubular four-link setup with a Panhard bar. Bob used JRi coilovers-DSE's preferred unit-at all four corners. Bob also installed a pair of DSE wide wheeltubs in the rear to make room for massive 335/30ZR18 tires. Together, the front and rear DSE systems created a high-performance chassis that's as competent on the track as it is on the street. Of course, suspension upgrades alone do not a Pro Touring car make. The DSE front spindles wear Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers, while the Moser 9-inch rear axle is outfitted with the relatively new Baer Tracker full-floating axle kit and 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers. The Baer Tracker converts the rearend to a full-floating design to eliminate axleshaft deflection during hard cornering. This keeps the rotors from pushing the pistons into the calipers during high lateral loads, requiring you to pump the pedal to move the pads back into position. The entire rear view of the Camaro is created by Bobs fabrication handiwork. He formed a sheetmetal bumper and molded it into the rear panel, along with crafting a lower val...for more information please contact the seller.
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