Caleb Miller and his 1987 Chevy camaro
Caleb Miller’s Camaro is anything but ordinary.
It was 1 degree above zero when we arrived in Middletown Ohio to visit Caleb. January in Ohio can be depressing. However, when we walked through the door to "Gonzo's garage", you would have thought he was ready to load up the Camaro and head straight to KD Dragway. It's easy to understand Caleb’s excitement during the miserable cold and snowy weather. He had Street Racing Channel YouTube Videos streaming on a big screen TV in his brand new heated and insulated garage.
Although we would have loved to watch videos all day, that's not what we came to do. Our attention turned to his 3rd Gen Camaro sitting in the middle of the shop. The little LS Turbo Camaro has made a name for itself in Ohio. Its last outing was at The Street Racers Reunion No Prep event in Clay City Kentucky where it went vertical just past the 60ft cone.
2018 was a tough year for Caleb and the Camaro. After upgrading the turbo and a few other parts, Caleb struggled to get the Camaro tuned in for maximum power. However, once he started to sneak up on the “sweet spot” he found a new problem... Keeping the nose down.
Caleb pointed out the smashed Moroso oil pan laying on the floor, “I patched it by welding it after the car came down hard at Pacemakers last year, but when it came down hard at Clay City, there was no fixing it.”
"I decided to go with a Turbo LS setup"
Wheel stands were a new problem for the Camaro. The basic V6 Camaro was purchased 8 years ago with a blown engine. “I started out with a pump gas 383 small block Chevy. Then I put a big block Chevy in it, but it wasn’t street drivable with fender exit headers. The big block fit in the car really nice, but there’s just no room for headers and exhaust under the car. So I decided to go with a LS Turbo setup.” When asked who built the car Caleb said, "I built pretty much every inch of it," With the help of his good friend Josh Lindon. Caleb back halfed the camaro after purchasing frame rails from Jegs. All of the Fabrication work was done by either him or Josh.
Caleb located a LC9 5.3 LS engine and went to work fabricating his own front clip and turbo kit. The 323ci all aluminum LS engine sports its stock crankshaft, but has been upgraded with Trick Flow 220 heads, a Brian Tooley Stage 3 hydraulic roller Camshaft, Flat Top Pistons, H beam Connecting Rods, and an ATI Harmonic Balancer.
A belt driven fuel pump feeds fuel pressure to the Fuel Injector Development Injectors, and a Holley EFI ECU controls ignition and fuel demands. Caleb was tight lipped about other specifics, especially when asked about the Big Single Turbo Charger he purchased from Forced Inductions. The turbo feeds boost to a Frozen Boost Air to Water Intercooler that has been fitted into the cowl area below the windshield.
All the power from the little 5.3 can make is put through a Power Glide transmission, and sent back to the ladder bar rear suspension and 9” Ford Rear Axle.
The Plan for 2019
Caleb plans to put the Camaro in the winner’s circle at KD Dragway at the Midnight Madness Season opener May 10 and 11th after he gets a new Windshield installed and gets the Camaro up on a frame rack to repair the damage it suffered when it stood straight up, and drug the parachute mount last fall at Mountain Park Dragway. “I’ve switched back to a stock F body pan to get some additional ground clearance. I plan on putting dual adjustable front struts on the car for 2019 to help control the front suspension.”
Clearly, the Camaro has just begun to show its potential. We at Street Racing Channel can't wait to see it race in 2019.