Peter Newell fuses styles to spawn a wicked Pro Out­law first-gen Ca­maro

Chevy High Performance - - Con­tents - TEXT: Chuck Vranas | PHO­TOS: Robert McGaf­fin

Peter Newell fuses styles to spawn a wicked Pro Out­law first-gen Ca­maro

When you build high-per­for­mance cars for a liv­ing, the ma­jor­ity of your time is fo­cused on com­plet­ing the projects for your cus­tomers. Many times, it’s rare to get enough free time on the clock to take on a build of your own. Peter Newell’s roots lie in hard-core Pro Street cars that can be driven

... not just lo­cally to your av­er­age cruise night, but cross-coun­try where per­for­mance de­mands re­quire them to be com­pletely func­tional to en­dure a beat­ing. As owner of Com­pe­ti­tion Spe­cial­ties in Walpole, Mas­sachusetts, he lives and breathes these cars as his per­sonal church.

Start­ing back with his first build, an ’86 Trans Am was cut up to cre­ate a 6-71 blown small-block car run­ning mile-wide rear rub­ber. The car set the lo­cal scene on fire since it was driven year round in New Eng­land ... with­out a hood—even through snow­storms! Over 20 years ago it was a “Long Hauler” on the Hot Rod Power Tour.

This brings us to Project Leftover. As time went on, many peo­ple shrugged off Pro Street cars as a pass­ing fancy, but ded­i­cated builders of these cars kept them very much alive. Newell took on a derelict roller project in 2011 and deemed it Leftover. The con­cept was to take the shell to com­ple­tion utiliz­ing the many scraps in the shop for a new daily driver.

In its first it­er­a­tion, the car was fin­ished with a stroked small-block

Chevy and coated in blue suede paint. As promised, it took a daily beat­ing 12 months a year through all types of weather, en­dur­ing lit­er­ally tens of thou­sands of miles. Want­ing to in­ject more style, the car was torn down to cre­ate Leftover 2.0, bathed in blue candy gloss with a myr­iad of cus­tom body mod­i­fi­ca­tions and an in­jec­tion of car­bon fiber. Again on the road and thou­sands of miles later the re­vi­sions con­tin­ued to Leftover 3.0, adding a fresh twin-turbo mill to the equa­tion to up the ante on the street.

In its lat­est form, con­ceived over the past 12 months, the car has evolved to an en­tirely new level. Rais­ing the bar and in­cor­po­rat­ing a myr­iad of high-per­for­mance parts from many of our in­dus­try lead­ers, Peter has al­ready laid down over

10,000 miles since the project up­date was com­pleted. The base for any true Pro Street build re­lies on the abil­ity to put the power to the street.

To start, DMC Rac­ing in Hal­i­fax, Mas­sachusetts, back-halfed the car, sus­pend­ing a nar­rowed Dana 60 rear packed with 4.11 gears spin­ning 35-spline Strange En­gi­neer­ing axles with their ad­justable four-link and Pan­hard bar and QA1 Quad Ad­just re­mote reser­voir coilover shocks. For ex­cel­lent han­dling, a Fat­man Fabri­ca­tions front sub­frame in­cor­po­rates their Spor­tal­ign IFS sys­tem with ex­clu­sive tun­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. To set the stance even deeper, Peter chan­neled the sub­frame 1 inch into the body.

If you’re push­ing big horse­power num­bers you’d bet­ter be able to stop. A Wil­wood En­gi­neer­ing dual mas­ter pushes juice through steel lines to a forged Su­per­lite 6R big-brake pack­age, 14-inch drilled and slot­ted ro­tors with six-pis­ton calipers up front with Dy­nalite 12.88-inch drilled and slot­ted ro­tors and four-pis­ton calipers out back. Con­nect­ing it to the street are cus­tom 18-inch front and 20-inch rear Boze Vor­tex three-piece con­cave wheels wear­ing Hankooks up front and Mickey Thomp­son Sports­man S/R ra­di­als out back.

When it came time to build a mill that could take an all-out beat­ing and main­tain de­pend­abil­ity, Peter con­tacted C3 Au­to­mo­tive Ma­chine in Foxboro, Mas­sachusetts, to build the short-block. A Chevro­let Per­for­mance 350ci Bow Tie Sports­man block with four-bolt nodu­lar mains was packed with a GM forged steel crank linked to H-beam rods capped with Ross Rac­ing forged alu­minum slugs

get­ting a hefty bump from a Nel­son Rac­ing stick. Peter as­sem­bled the rest with am­ple power com­ing from Dart Pro 1 alu­minum heads. An Edel­brock Vic­tor Jr in­take cra­dles a Quick Fuel Tech­nol­ogy Q-Se­ries 850-cfm BlowThru carb linked to twin Nel­son Rac­ing 61mm mir­ror-im­age tur­bos gen­er­at­ing enough power to pin you to the back of the seat. The Vin­tage

Air Front Run­ner drive sys­tem adds plenty of per­for­mance ac­cented by cus­tom in­ner fender pan­els and bil­let hood hinges from Ed­die Mo­tor­sports and DMC Rac­ing’s ex­clu­sive hide­away turbo plumb­ing. The goods move through a Per­for­maBuilt Level 3 In­vin­ci­ble 4L60E trans to a QA1 REV Se­ries car­bon-fiber drive­shaft, mak­ing it easy to cruise com­fort­ably at tripledigit speeds.

Study Leftover and you’ll see plenty of sub­tle changes. Peter turned up the heat start­ing with a cus­tom-fab­ri­cated steel chin spoiler, welded and filled front fend­ers, and filled an­tenna mount as well as welded and smoothed driprails. He con­tin­ued on with

2-inch dropped steel rocker pan­els with match­ing sec­tions on the fender and quar­ter-panel bot­toms, adding a cus­tom re­lief to the quar­ter-pan­els ahead of the rear wheels and wrapped it up by pie-cut­ting the rear of the quar­ters to grace­fully tran­si­tion the pan­els into the roll pan and car­bon­fiber dif­fuser.

Fi­nally, the quar­ter seams were welded and smoothed with fi­nal ac­cents in­clud­ing Ed­die Mo­tor­sports RS grille, tail­lights, and door han­dles, as well as a car­bon-fiber trunk lid by Anvil. He then set the gaps, made it ra­zor sharp, and laid down a deep coat­ing of House of Kolor Ap­ple Red ac­cented by cus­tom stripes.

In­side, DMC Rac­ing com­pleted the tin­work along with the eight-point chro­moly cage. The fac­tory dash fea­tures a cus­tom in­sert hous­ing a Ra­cepak IQ3 to mon­i­tor the vi­tals. A Bil­let Spe­cial­ties wheel carves the course while shifts fly through a Lokar unit. Cool breezes are by Vin­tage Air.

All-new in­te­rior pan­els were de­signed and crafted at JK Au­to­mo­tive De­signs and cov­ered in a com­bi­na­tion of black leather and suede by Cut­ting Edge De­signs, both of Stone­ham, Mas­sachusetts. Cut­ting Edge then up­hol­stered the Pro­car seats in black leather while also cov­er­ing the dash in suede, ac­cented by char­coal Ger­man square weave car­pet. Clay­ton Ma­chine Works door han­dles and win­dow cranks add the fi­nal touch.

In its cur­rent form, the car is a fu­sion of Pro Street and Pro Tour­ing to cre­ate a type of Pro Out­law style where a wide-tire car can ef­fec­tively throw down blis­ter­ing per­for­mance and still han­dle well on the long haul. Cur­rently, Leftover has logged over 50,000 miles in all types of weather con­di­tions year-round, and shows no signs of slow­ing down! CHP

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