Robbie Wyatt dropped off his unmolested, pristine 1997 LT1-equipped Camaro SS for a total overhaul with PCM of NC. It’s not everyday you come across a ’97 LT1 Camaro with just 9,000 on the clock. This low mileage beauty just sat in the garage with a bad fuel pump. With no time to work on it, the smart decision was made to bring it in to the shop to give it a much-deserving makeover inside and out.
According to PCM of NC’s Facebook page, here is the complete build with all photos documenting the process from start to finish. Check out the before photo of this bad boy before PCM of NC dove head first into the project.
Here is a photo of the engine bay before tear down began. This stock LT1 has a bum fuel pump and just 9,000 miles – which means it’s time to prep the car for major heart surgery. To make sure the factory paint stays pristine and doesn’t get scratched during the process, it is wrapped before the motor is completely removed.
To make removing the drivetrain much easier, the car is put on the lift so the engine and transmission can be pulled out from the bottom of the car. This way, the engine transmission and K-member/engine cradle can all be lowered at once.
Although it is very possible to pull the drivetrain out from the top of the hood of a fourth-gen (and we’ve done it ourselves), it’s less stressful on the mind, body and soul to do it like this.
Everything is pulled and the engine bay sits completely empty waiting for its transplant. Not only is the engine getting an upgrade, but the suspension is receiving a much needed update. The 17 year old springs and shocks are being replaced with BMR lowering springs and Bilstein shocks. Check out the new versus old below.
Like PCM of NC said, it’s too pretty to put on an engine! Now that’s a sight to behold.
Brian Tooley Racing valvesprings are finishing off the head package.
The factory shortblock is now prepped and ready.
It was time to add a bit of color with this awesome powdercoating job performed by H.M. Elliott, Inc. Coatings.
Next up, mounting the coils!
Getting even closer.
A Meziere electric water pump has been mounted as well as a custom cam by Alvin.
Racetronix fuel system now added.
Also added a QTP cutout.
Check out the brand new look of this sweet F-body.
A Hurst shifter was added for improved shifting power.
Check out the finished product! Now that’s a beautiful sight if we’ve ever seen one.
To keep the look clean, the fuel lines have been relocated.
Not only that, but the body wiring harness has also been relocated.
With an in-house dyno, the car was tested and here are the results. There wasn’t a baseline since the car wasn’t running when it was dropped off, but the car does have some nice power with 422 horsepower and 373 max torque!
As Robbie mentioned on PCM of NC’s Facebook page, “I would like to thank everyone at PCM of NC involved in making my “mid-life crisis” dream come true. The finished product has exceeded all my expectations and she is a whole different animal who can be a little hard to control from time to time. I guess our next project will be to solve the sudden “Traction Loss” issue I now have. Thanks again for everything!”
Amie became a fan of fine machinery as a kid thanks to her dad; a pilot and professional skydiver, and was always there to help tinker around on Cessnas and old Chevys. Amie has been writing in the automotive field for years on all makes and models.