Custom Cruise Friday
One of the best things about the Chevy Camaro is that there has always been a trim or performance package that is built to meet any need for performance or budget. This week’s Custom Cruise Friday features a vehicle that is among the top echelon of performance vehicles ever built. Edmonton resident, Phil Heindel was gracious enough to show off his 1971 Chevy Camaro Z28. In the Camaro world, the Z28 version is well known for being one of the fastest and high-performing of all of the available Camaro packages. Basically, it is a track-ready car straight from the dealership.
Heindel acquired his 1971 Camaro Z28 in 2004 after making the decision to get into the muscle car world. In true 21st century fashion his first instinct was to see what he could find online. In the early 2000s that meant searching eBay. He found the exact car he was looking while searching the site and bought his 1971 Camaro Z28 from a seller in Colorado. Just 24 hours later the car was on a truck heading to Edmonton. Finding this particular version of a Camaro was fortunate in a number of ways. But, primarily, Heindel is lucky to own it because in 1971 there were only a little more than 4,800 of the Camaro Z28 built.
Once the car got to Heindel, he started making a few changes to ensure it was to his liking. One of the first things he did was replace the original powertrain. In place of the stock motor and transmission with a 383 Stroker and a five-speed TREMEC transmission.
“It’s a much more drivable car,” Heindel said. “(And) makes it a bit more fun.”
Adding to the “fun” factor for Heindel is the Rally Sport package that came with the car. The telling trait for the Rally Sport set of features is the pair of bumperettes that are on either side of the iconic pointed nose and grille. The Rally Sport package also includes park lights in a unique position.
In a little more than a decade of ownership, Heindel has added about 12,000 miles to car’s odometer. Of course, like so many other classic car owners, these miles only come during ideal weather conditions. Proving there is still plenty of life left is this pony car, Heindel drove it more than 2,000 miles to Spokane, Washington in the U.S. for a car show. Amazingly along the way he managed to record as much as 11.8 L/100 km. Impressive fuel-efficiency aside, Heindel and his 1971 Chevy Camaro Z28 has taken home multiple awards, but that isn’t his favorite part of being a member of this special community.
“It’s about the acquaintances you make,” Heindel said.
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