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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS

Happy 25th Anniversary, My 50-year-old Baby!

This 2nd week of September 2021 marks 50 years since my 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS has been assembled at the General Motors (GM) plant in Norwood, Ohio, USA.  I bought the Camaro as a project car in 1996, restored it and displayed it in the Trans Sport Show in 1998, stored it from 2003 to 2008, revived it in 2009 ...

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Part 4: Stalled Project

While waiting for its new 383-cubic-inch (6.2-liter) small block Chevy V8 engine and 700-R4 four-speed automatic transmission in October 2013, our 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS project car was inundated in five-feet-high flood waters during the height of the Habagat monsoon rains while parked outside the garage-workshop of V8 maestro Ben Lim in Cainta, Rizal. Ben jokingly called our Camaro a ...

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Part 3: Rescuing our Orange Submarine

In June 2013, we took our 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS project car to Ben Lim’s workshop in Cainta, Rizal in eastern Metro Manila. In July, the engine bay was devoid of the original 307/327 V8 and Turbo 350 3-speed automatic transmission and was waiting for a newly assembled 383 and refurbished 700R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive. Then, sometime in October ...

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Part 2: The Price of Neglect

If you missed Part 1 of the Project Car series on our 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS, here’s a short summary: Power Wheels Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lester Dizon bought the car in January 1996 and started working on it piecemeal, as his budget will allow. It went through a nuts-and-bolts restoration at MSG Garage in February 1998, displayed in April at the ...

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Part 1: A Brief Background

On the 2nd week of September 1971, a 2nd-generation Camaro with the Rally Sport (RS) option rolled out of the General Motors (GM) Chevrolet assembly plant in Norwood, Ohio, USA. Its Trim Plate indicated that it was finished in Sunflower Yellow (Paint Code 52) with a Black Vinyl Roof (Roof Code B) and Black Custom Z87 Cloth Interior (Trim Code ...

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