81 Camaro Pro Stock Build Project

Completed 7/4/21

Original Don Hardy NHRA 1981 Pro Stock that had gone through years of changes. Scott testing it out before complete disassembly.

9/27/15 1/8" Mile 5.10 ET




Progress on 12/1/18

Starting new chassis - using only original roof and rear quarter panels

Mounting Lamb struts on new chassis

Main chassis completed

Woody building Funny Car cage

Kirkman Composits made the carbon fiber wheel tubs

Anti roll bar & titanium links

Fabricating front motor plate

Rear push bar system

Wishbone in welding fixture

Wishbone installed

Billet Specialties double beadlock rims & Hoosier 18500 's

Wheelie bars being built

Fabricated 4130 chrome moly rear end

4 link, Strange Pro Stock 2 piece axles and aluminum center section

Penske double adjustable shocks

Fitting rear motor plate

Cut out old wheel opening that was modified numerous times

Repairing cut out wheel opening and returning it to original shape

Spread the wheel opening 4" and replaced inner lip

Sheet metal work on the quarter panels completed

Carbon fiber seat being fitted

Starting to modify OEM cowl

New cowl completed with removable firewall

3 piece removeable firewall completed

Belly pan and rear end powder coated, ready to install

Carbon fiber wheel tubs and panels, fabricated truck lid Dzus lip

Lenco 5 speed, Liberty shifter, Browell bell housing

Ram dual disc clutch

Instrument panel being built for Auto Meter Gauges

Dash completed

New chassis completed and removing all the old paint jobs!

Removing old paint!!

Front end complete, OEM headlights & grills

Wing, trunk lid & White chutes

Making stainless headers, Burns collectors

Front motor plate, radiator overflow tank, radiator filler, XRP plumbing

Dry sump tank, oil breather / overflow, oil pump, XRP plumbing

Reher Morrison 650 ci

Tunnel near completion

Fitting tunnel around shifter

Jaz 1.5 gallon fuel cell, C&R radiator


Racepak mounted

Braille battery mounted in driver compartment

Wing under construction

Launch controller, fire system, kill button, switch panel, chute lever

Tunnel complete and powder coated

Wiring laid out, MSD grid and Smartwire, etc

On the way to Tim Oros for paint

Tim Oros applying first coat of prep sealer

Body work done and in polyester sealer

At Tim Oros's shop - painting started

Center support added to door

Adjusting bottom of door to fit rocker panel

Removing low spot in door skin

Correcting windshield post and fitting door for proper gap

Door completed

Finished paint on door

Building hood scoop

Hood scoop completed

Trunk lid installed

All body panels installed

Final check on door gaps

Final fit on wing and chutes

Headlights and parking lights wired

Tail lights wired

Scott fitting front window

Framework with rivnut inserts to hold window

Optic Armor front window installed

Optic Armor rear window installed

Interior completed

Interior completed

Hoist we made to install Lenco 5 speed

Lenco Hoist

Original Don Hardy build tag 6-11-81 Model P-1