Friend’s Chevy Camaro sparks want for own SS

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Editor’s note: Mike Porter of Auburn shares his 1969 SS/RS Chevrolet Camaro in this week’s Your Ride feature. I’ve had more than a dozen cars. Mostly junkers that I modified, raced, and wrecked. I had more tickets than dollar bills. My mom shipped me out of Santa Cruz County to Santa Clara County when I was a senior in high school. Delightfully, my grandmother sold me her 28,000-mile 1969 Pontiac Firebird for $1,000. My buddy had a ’69 Chevrolet Camaro, and always beat me by a fender. Fourteen years later, in 1989, I purchased a 1969 SS/RS Camaro from an Englishman named Fred Saunders. This car is one of two sequential cars from France; one silver and the other dark green. The previous owner shared some slides and a magazine feature on the Camaro. He proposed to his wife in that car. Recently, I completed a partial restoration on the car. The sub-frame was restored with a POR-15 rust-preventive coating. The cost was more than $3,000 and I did all the work myself. The Cortez Silver paint was done by Alpha Body Shop in Roseville in 1993. The interior is all original and the aftermarket goodies include 15-inch rear wheels, a B&M shift kit, 460 cam, 650 double pumper carb, RPM Hi-Rise, gel cell battery and Hedman Hedders. The engine I rebuilt is .020 over with a .020/.020 crank. The rear gear is an original 2:55 tall gear; 12 bolt. Factory options are: power windows, rosewood trim, fold-down rear seat, clock, headlamp, washer, hood lamp, bumper guards, space saver spare and quick ratio steering. This car is a regular at Auburn Cruise Nites. Have a classic, custom or hot rod you want to share? Tell us about your vehicle in 300 to 400 words. Let us know things such as: What is it? Where and when did you get it? How much work have you done on it? And have you won any awards for it? Mail the information and a photo of the vehicle to: Gold Country Motoring, C/O Andrew DiLuccia, 1030 High Street, Auburn CA 95604, or e-mail it to