Tim Allen’s COPO Camaro

Most of you probably knew that Tim Allen was a car guy. Jay Leno sits down with Tim Allen as they take a look at his 1968 427 Copo Camaro.

Check it out, and tell us what you think! Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

MuscleCar: COPO Interior and Exhaust

MuscleCar: COPO Interior and Exhaust

On a NEW episode of MuscleCar, the guys get to plug in the stock-style interior for their 1969 COPO Camaro tribute project. Then Tommy shows you how to address one of the more often neglected parts of a restoration, the inside of the trunk. Then it’s exhaust from headers to tailpipes as the guys help the Camaro exhale.

Tune in at 10:30 a.m. EST Saturday and Sunday on Spike TV!

To see a list of parts from this show, click here: MuscleCar Parts

MuscleCar: Copo Camaro Component Restoration

MuscleCar Copo Camaro Component Restoration

This week on a NEW episode of MuscleCar, the guys work on rescuing several stock pieces of their 1969 COPO Camaro Tribute Project. A pair of bucket seats with broken frames need some help, a steering column rebuild can save serious bucks, and we show you a garage-fix for a broken plastic grill!

Catch this NEW episode of MuscleCar at 10:30 a.m. EST on Spike TV!

69 Camaro, the Z28 RS

Plus, flashback takes a look at our COPO’s cousin, another famous ’69 Camaro, the Z28 RS. (AKA “The Hugger.”)

See parts from this week’s show here: MuscleCar Parts

MuscleCar’s COPO Camaro Paint and Body

On a NEW episode of MuscleCar, the guys try out a self-contained paint system on the 1969 COPO Camaro Tribute Project. Starting with body work, all the way through to buffing out the end result, learn how to take your finish from beginning to end.

Wanna see parts from this show? Click here: MuscleCar Parts

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HorsePower helps build 427 COPO Camaro engine at the GM Performance Center

On a NEW episode of HorsePower, the guys go behind the scenes of the GM Performance Center in Wixom, Michigan, to complete the creation of a new limited-edition COPO Camaro! You’ll witness the streamlined engine-building process and the meticulous car assembly of this rare Camaro designed for Stock Eliminator competition.

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To see the parts used in this show, click here: HorsePower Show Parts

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General Motors: Chevrolet Performance Offers Camaro Rolling Chassis

 

 

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From General Motors:

DETROIT – Chevrolet will produce a limited number of Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis designed for drag racing that provides racers with a professionally assembled, painted body and chassis ready to be finished. Consumers add their engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.

 
The rolling chassis go on sale Thursday, March 28, at noon EST and will be priced at $55,000. Each specially numbered chassis is assembled by hand at the same facility that constructs Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro production race cars.

 
“This is a great opportunity to buy a factory-built foundation for a competitive Camaro race car, saving racers the time of building their own from the ground up and offering them the opportunity to compete with a piece of Chevrolet history, because we’re only going to build a few of them,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Add your powertrain assembly and you’ve got a race car that’s ready to tackle the drag strip.”

 
Many of the components required to complete the transformation into a full race car, including crate engines, racing engine components, electronics – controllers and harnesses – and more, are available direct from Chevrolet Performance. The catalog is online at chevroletperformance.com.

 
“Finishing off your race car with authentic Chevrolet Performance parts helps make it all-Chevy, with uncompromising performance and confidence-inspiring durability,” said Campbell. “All of our hardcore racing parts have been designed and tested to standards unmatched in the aftermarket.”

 

 
Ordering information and chassis details
Customers will call 1-800-306-3005 to order a Camaro rolling chassis. The call center will send purchase certificates for the limited number of rolling chassis to be constructed, and customers will take the certificates to the Chevrolet dealerships of their choice to complete the sales.
The completed rolling chassis requires customer pickup in the Detroit area. Each will be serialized, but will not have a Vehicle Identification Number, so they cannot be titled or licensed for road use.

 
Each rolling chassis is constructed with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. Each is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with NHRA-approved racing chassis and suspension components, including brakes and solid rear axle – minus the third member. Bogart racing wheels mounted on Hoosier tires are also included.

 
All will come in Summit White, with a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. Inside, racing seats, a production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting are included. Basic body and chassis wiring is built into the rolling chassis, but it does not come with engine harnesses or a battery.

 
Customers will need to add basic equipment to complete the assembly, including:

 
•    Engine and air inlet system
•    Engine mounts
•    Engine controller and wire harness
•    Exhaust headers
•    Coolant hoses (a radiator is included)
•    Transmission and shifter assembly
•    Driveshaft
•    Differential third member.

 
Chevrolet Performance’s entire range of high-performance and racing crate engines is available to power the rolling chassis, including the three 2013 COPO LS-family engines, which were developed for NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. They include a 350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower; a 396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower, and a 427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower (part number 17802825). Supercharged crate engines based on the 2012 COPO Camaro program are also available, including a 327-cubic-inch engine with a 2.9L supercharger (part number 17802826) and a 327 with a 4.0L blower (part number 17802827). The 350 and 396 engines will be available later this year.

Also, if you want to see the latest of MuscleCar’s COPO Camaro tribute, click here: COPO Camaro Tribute

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General Motors: Chevrolet Identifies Customers for New COPO Camaros

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From General Motors:

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced that customers for the limited run of 2013 COPO Camaro factory drag-racing cars will be identified starting Monday, March 11. Only 69 of the cars will be constructed this year.

Racers must make their purchase intentions known by signing up on the COPO Camaro Mailing List at chevroletperformance.com by Thursday, March 7.

The starting price for the COPO Camaro is $86,000.

“The COPO Camaro program is growing into its second year to support our customers, who have continually expressed their interest for these specialized race cars,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The 2013 production run builds on the success of our inaugural year with new powertrain choices and enhancements that will make the cars even more competitive.”

More than 3,000 hand raisers indicated a purchase interest in the 2012 COPO Camaros, when only 69 were built.

COPO stands for Central Office Production Order and was originally used by dealers in the 1960s to generate special orders, mostly for fleet vehicles. Some racing-minded dealers used the system to create higher-performance models that weren’t otherwise available, including the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, which featured an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine developed for racing. Sixty-nine ZL1s were built and they’ve since become valuable collector cars.

New powertrains

The 2013 production run will be offered with two all-new engines, as well as a new manual transmission, to make the COPO Camaro eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. The engine range includes three naturally aspirated choices:

  • 350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower
  • 396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower
  • 427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower.

A high-feature fuel-injection system is standard on all COPO Camaros, with engine management directed by an all-new Holley HP EFI electronic control unit that features self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging. The injection system is used in conjunction with a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold.

Driven by customer demand, the new manual transmission joins the Powerglide automatic for the COPO Camaro’s transmission choices. Rear axle gearing is optimized for each vehicle, depending on the engine and transmission.

All of the LS-family engines are built at Chevrolet’s Performance Build Center, in Wixom, Mich., and the buyer can opt to participate in the engine assembly, similar to Chevrolet’s Corvette Engine Build Experience and the Chevrolet Performance Build Your Own Crate Engine programs. Customers can also select the Engine Collector’s Package, which includes all three COPO racing engines serial-number-matched to the car, with one installed at the time of delivery. Serialized engines can also be ordered separately, (i.e. only one additional engine), but will be still number-matched to the car.

Additional new and revised production features for 2013 include:

  • A “heritage” grille and standard-production (non-HID) headlamps
  • New exterior graphics choices with engine-size call-outs
  • Revised interior package with custom carpet and new switch panel
  • Dedicated racing wiring harness
  • Revised front springs that enhance performance
  • Transmission cooler integrated with radiator.

Five exterior colors are offered for 2013: Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic.

All COPO Camaros are assembled by hand starting with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. Each is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle. Production equipment also includes lightweight Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier racing tires.

The purchase process

The pool of potential customers identified via the COPO Camaro Mailing List is randomized by a third-party organization and a Chevrolet representative will contact them from the Central Office, starting March 11.

The Central Office representative confirms the purchase intent and works with the customer to specify the powertrain, exterior color and graphics and other options. The customer will also indicate a preferred Chevrolet dealership to complete the sale. After that, a COPO purchase certificate is sent to the customer, who will take it to his or her preferred dealer to officially place the order for the car.

Production is scheduled to begin in April, with deliveries starting in early summer. Customers must take delivery of the car in the Detroit area, where the COPO Camaros are built.

Each COPO Camaro features a sequenced build serial number matched to the engine, but is sold without a Vehicle Identification Number and cannot be registered for highway use.

Parts and assembly guide

Many of the fundamental components used to assemble the COPO Camaros – including all of the hand-assembled racing engines – are available from Chevrolet Performance. They are outlined in a special COPO section of the 2013 Chevrolet Performance catalog, which is available from Chevrolet dealers or by ordering online at chevroletperformance.com.

The COPO parts must be ordered and delivered through Chevrolet detailers and other authorized retailers. Additionally, customers can participate in Chevrolet Performance’s Build Your Own COPO Engine program when purchasing one of the COPO racing engines (at an extra cost), allowing them to visit Chevy’s Performance Build Center to help assemble the engine they purchased.

Also available from Chevrolet Performance is the “COPO Build Book,” part number 88958767, which provides an overview of the cars’ assembly process for those that want to build their own Chevrolet Stock Eliminator or Super Stock race car.

MuscleCar: NOPO to COPO Engine Swap/Shifter Install

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On a NEW episode of MuscleCar, an all-aluminum ZL1 Big Block gets plugged into the ’69 COPO Camaro tribute, and the floor is modified to receive a conversion from automatic to 4-speed. Also, find out why trim pieces tend to pit so badly over time, and how to revive a barn find car without catching it on fire! See it this weekend at 10:30 a.m. EST Saturday and Sunday on Spike TV!

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PowerBlock TV’s MuscleCar pays tribute to the COPO Camaro, starting with a ZL1 427

FRANKLIN, TENN. JANUARY 4, 2013 –

To celebrate the rare, original 427 COPO Camaro, “MuscleCar” is teaming up with aftermarket partners Chevy Performance, Classic Industries, Barrett-Jackson Restoration Systems and others to build a correct-appearing tribute car with subtle upgrades.

The COPO Camaro legend started in 1969 when Chevy dealers, desperate to beat GM’s ban on selling high-performance small cars, discovered he could order Camaros with 427-inch ZL1 aluminum race engines by using GM’s Central Office Production Order form. They were one of the most powerful street-legal cars Detroit ever built, and with only 69 made, extremely rare.

“Forty-four years later, gearheads continue to lust after these cars. This will be MuscleCar’s highest profile project ever so we are dedicating multiple episodes to detailing what it takes for a guy to build one from the ground up,” said RTM executive producer Joe St. Lawrence.

The tribute car will be built around sponsor products such as a limited edition 430 HP 427 Anniversary Edition crate engine from Chevy Performance and authentic GM Restoration parts from Classic Industries, including everything from brake, suspension, cooling system components and sheet metal. The COPO will be painted with the new Barrett-Jackson Restoration System, which features prep, paint and protection products.

The car will also feature an Auto Gear M22 four-speed transmission, a 12-bolt Moser rear end, Lizard Skin insulation, TMI seats, Wheel Vintiques rally wheels and Firestone Wide Oval tires from Coker Tire.

RTM Productions will air the COPO episode of MuscleCar at 10:30 a.m. EST/PST, Feb. 9-10 on Spike TV. Episodes of the COPO also can be streamed for free at www.powerblocktv.com, and include links to the featured parts.