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My name is Frank Payne and I was the owner of a restoration shop in Omaha, NE named Flying "A" Restoration. We performed a complete restoration on the 1969 Fathom Green Yenko Camaro. This car was restored with an open checkbook. We wanted the best parts available and we used all GM parts, NOS when possible.
This car was in the group of Yenkos ordered with power steering and was delivered to Grossman Chevrolet in Minneapolis. This car had a relatively easy life in that it was apparently not winter driven as there was little rust. The quarters were replaced with NOS GM panels because the wheel wells were radiused. Other than quarters there was only minor bodywork needed and no floor work or trunk work was needed.
The original engine was the only major component missing. The original 499 distributor and 837 alternator were on the small block that was installed in the car when Ron bought it.
All the important and hard to find components were there; the CX Turbo 400 is original and was completely rebuilt and the case was refinished bare aluminum, the original BE code 4.10 rear is under
the car and was rebuilt. Upon opening the rear, we found the special posi unit and high impact gears still inside, the gears were dated 69.
The missing engine was replaced with a standard bore 512 short block from a 69 435 horse Corvette. The engine was completely rebuilt using all original new GM parts including standard bore TRW 11 to 1 forged pistons and a new GM solid lifter cam. The block was decked, the proper broach marks were put on the block and the original numbers were stamped by an NCRS judge both on the deck and by the filter pad. All the engine components are correct and dated properly including the 4346 Holley carb and the smog pump, which also has dated hose clamps.
The original Dual Gate Hurst shifter resides in the car as are the original Stewart Warner gauges. All of these items were restored along with the car. Every nut and bolt on the car if not original was replaced with the correct ones and refinished. Every component is restored including unseen items like the window regulators.
When the car was finished we showed it at the World of Wheels where it won Outstanding Restored.
We also showed it in the Supercar showcase at Vettefest in McCormick Place, Chicago where we won the Top Gun award and a Gold Spinner. The Top Gun is extremely hard to win as that is for the BEST restored car in the show. The Gold Spinner is only given to cars scoring 980 points out of 1,000 or better. The Yenko scored 995.
This car was verified as an original Yenko by Ed Cuneen of the COPO Connection and Vince Emmi of Minneapolis. All Yenko serial numbers are in the public domain and are posted on the Yenko website: WWW.yenko.net This car appears on those lists.
I believe this to be one of the best if not the best Yenko Camaro in the country. It will be at home at any of the top concours it is shown at.