Weekly Motor Fix: clean Camaro cruiser

Posted in Cars, People

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:

Todd Wylie

Todd Wylie has been involved with NZV8 magazine since before the first issue was printed, and has been the editor for the last eight years. Growing up in the heyday of the Jap-import scene, he's not adverse to Japanese vehicles, having worked for NZ Performance Car previously, as well as owning a few well-known examples. These days he cruises at a slower pace in a 1956 Cadillac Coupe and dreams of building a Model A tudor.