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1971 Chevrolet Brute Force Camaro Multiple Show Winner

BJ Motors is proud to offer for sale this beautiful 1971 Chevrolet "Brute Force" Camaro; an ultimate Pro Touring build! Featured in a tons of National and International Publications, this is a premier Pro-Touring car that has not only been featured in Popular Hot Rod and Car Craft, but has also been filmed at OUSCI. The Camaro won Best of Show at Holley LS Fest and Lingenfelter Performance Nationals, and was a Steel City 6 (Top 6 cars of the show) at the Pittsburgh Autorama. This is a complete rotisserie rebuild with no bolt left untouched. The Mast Motorsports LS7 motor is bolted to a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission and the stock suspension was replaced with Detroit Speed's hydro formed sub-frame with tubular control arms.

The rear suspension is Detroit Speed's quadra-link. The car rides on Forgeline wheels, and Detroit Speed rear mini-tubs and custom inner fenders were added to allow for the tires. Baer 6S 6-piston brakes and 14 rotors give it stopping power. Every panel on the car has been modified. The roof was made to resemble that of a 2010 Camaro. The nose was custom-made with a billet aluminum grille and custom-fabricated bumpers. The hood was smoothed on the bottom and heat extractors were added. Side vents were added, along with rear brake ducts.

Late-model door handles replace the factory version. The trunk was modified to hide the rear trunk line, and a custom one-off spoiler was built for the car. The tail panel was reshaped in order to eliminate the factory bumper and create a more modern feel. A lower valance with exhaust tips was also custom-made for the car. The fuel fill is a one-off billet aluminum piece, and the front windshield and rear window have been flush-mounted. This is one of the most highly decorated and award winning Camaro's in the Country.

This pristine 1971 Chevrolet Camaro project, nick named the Brute Force Camaro. You might think that it was built by the famous Ringbrothers tuning shop. But in reality, its the brainchild of a man named Bob. Bob Bertelsen. In his own garage.

Every body panel has been touched and reformed to create a slick, modern street rod build from the inside-out. While the exterior keeps many of the classic design nods, the interior goes completely modern. A modern day dashboard, seats and gear selector make things seem as if you've hopped into a modern day track car and, not to mention, the Garmin GPS tucked in flush with the headliner.

Power comes from a 427 cubic-inch LS7 V8 engine, producing 650 hp, and shifted through a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed gearbox.

The 1971 Camaro has won countless magazine and show awards for the craftsmanship gone into the vehicle. And it can be yours.

The 1971 Brute Force Camaro has landed on eBay for a cool $189,990. Is it worth the price tag? You bet.

Bob Bertelsen's '71 Camaro would be great for the car guy's version of this game. There's not a body panel on it that hasn't been re-formed. modified. or otherwise massaged. but most of the changes are so subtle. That exemplifies what Bob does as a car builder. He works with the original design. and without trepidation. crafts it into the vision of how he sees the car in his mind. Bob is not a professional car builder. although he certainly possesses the ingenuity and capability it takes to be among the best in the business. Most importantly. he lacks that mental block that most of us have-the one that mocks us. saying. "You aren't capable of doing that!" Take. for example. the roof of his Camaro.

Bob wanted to integrate design cues of a fifth-gen Camaro into the car. including a 12-inch-wide recess in the roof panel. Most people who don't do professional metal-fab work would shun the idea. and even quite a few pros would be hesitant to launch into such an endeavor. Not Bob. He dove in. starting by rolling two 3/8-inch tubes and adhering them to the roof to create a basic structure and shape. He then cut out the 12-inch-wide section and crafted a new centersection. He didn't get the consistent arch he wanted the first time. so he modified his metal stretcher. welding a socket to the tool and using a torque wrench to modulate a consistent torque applied to the stretcher. He welded the recessed section into the roof for a subtle enhancement that looks so natural that many people don't even notice it. Bob had RPM Hot Rodding do the interior. starting with a clean slate.

They fabricated a custom dash. door panels. and console that houses everything Bob will need for performance driving as well as hitting the open road. The unobtrusive roll cage was created by Bobs friend. Tom McKenzie. That design element continues as the air flows rearward over the decklid. An original spoiler would have looked disproportionate and clunky with the flush and smooth rear panel of the car. Bob created a new spoiler that is 3/4-inch shorter and 1 1/2 inches smaller (front to rear). incorporating the same 12-inch recess from the roof panel into the center of the spoiler.

Another critical part of Bob's craftsmanship is functionality. This is true in the basic hardware. and also in the design aspects of the body. All of the ports and ducts carved into the sheet metal of his Camaro-aptly named Brute Force-perform a purpose. whether it's directing fresh air toward the engine. onto the rear brakes. or exhausting hot air from the engine compartment. Nothing on this car was overlooked. and every millimeter of sheet metal was intentionally shaped. Even with his exceptional level of fabrication capability. Bob took the Camaro to Area 51 Autoworx when it was time to have the finishing bodywork done and the car sprayed. Choosing the color was an adventure in itself. His local paint store mixed a dozen or so variations of blue and sprayed them onto sample panels. but none of them were exactly what Bob envisioned.

So he talked the paint shop into letting him do some mixing on his own. A dash of this. a drop of that. He was able to create a color he loved. but there was no formula for it. He sprayed it onto a panel and took the pieces to BASF. They scanned it and created a formula. complete with the name Brute Force Blue! A casual glance doesnt uncover the extraordinary craftsmanship in this car. What looks like an RS bumper is actually three completely custom metal sections. and the original marker light openings were filled with round fog lights and brake duct inlets.

ven the grille was custom created just for this car. Bob is the owner of A-Plus Powder Coaters. so he made generous use of his company's coating capabilities on the car. Anything that wasn't painted on the Camaro was powder coated in a special gray texture that he created. On some surfaces. such as the valve covers. he added black with orange accents. creating detail and connecting the engine to the exterior graphics. In addition to a unique look. the powder coating is durable and easy to clean. He even mixed up a special orange powder and sent it to Baer to have the calipers powder coated to match the detail paint he used throughout the car. Even though this car was primarily built in Bob's two-car home garage. he is quick to acknowledge those who helped him.

Shayne Smeltzer. Willys Smith. and Tom McKenzie all spent weekends at Bob's place working on the Camaro. And Jason Rushforth penned the first rendering of the car. Bob and Jason bantered back and forth about many of the design details that make up the overall statement of the car. One area that combined many of their ideas was the nose of the car. Jason recommended recessing the grille and using a three-piece front bumper. Bob created a grille using CAD tools and had it cut using a water jet. He didn't want the nose to look like an RS. though. so he omitted the upper marker lights and integrated round foglights into the rectangular openings that would have housed standard parking and turn signal lights. Some time ago.

Bob was incurably infected with the Pro Touring disease. He competed in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) with his previous F-body. Code Red. and he took measures with his current project to make sure it lived up to the "brute" in its name. In fact. immediately after the car debuted in the summer of 2012. Bob competed in our inaugural Muscle Car of the Year (MCOTY) competition at National Trail Raceway. a mere day after earning the Good guys Muscle Machine of the Year award. Since Bob has competed with cars in the past. he knew that he needed to outfit his machine with the right equipment to get the job done. He chose DSE suspension systems front and rear. using the company's Hydroformed subframe up front and its Quadralink kit in the rear. The front subframe is a bolt-in system that mounts tubular upper and lower control arms. C6 steering knuckles. DSE power rack-and-pinion steering. and a DSE splined sway bar into one seamless package. The Quadralink rear system completely replaces the leaf springs. using a tubular four-link setup with a Panhard bar. Bob used JRL coil overs-DSE's preferred unit-at all four corners.

Bob also installed a pair of DSE wide wheeltubs in the rear to make room for massive 335/30ZR18 tires. Together. the front and rear DSE systems created a high-performance chassis that's as competent on the track as it is on the street. Of course. suspension upgrades alone do not a Pro Touring car make. The DSE front spindles wear Baer 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. while the Moser 9-inch rear axle is outfitted with the relatively new Baer Tracker full-floating axle kit and 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers. The Baer Tracker converts the rear end to a full-floating design to eliminate axle shaft deflection during hard cornering. This keeps the rotors from pushing the pistons into the calipers during high lateral loads. requiring you to pump the pedal to move the pads back into position. The entire rear view of the Camaro is created by Bobs fabrication handiwork. He formed a sheet metal bumper and molded it into the rear panel. along with crafting a lower valance that resembles a fifth-gen Camaro. and incorporates the tailpipes.

Under the almost completely hand built hood lies a Mast Motorsports-built LS7 powerplant. The Mast-built 427 grunts out 650 hp with a reciprocating assembly made up of Callies and Mahle components that are built to take abuse without worry. The engine uses a Mast dual wide-band engine management system for calibration work. Bob had a Flex-a-lite aluminum radiator built to fit his custom core support. and added a Flex-a-lite dual electric fan setup that moves 4. 00 cfm of air to keep the engine cool. even when Bob has the Vintage Air cranked up on hot Midwestern summer days. A Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed connects the power to the Moser axle. When it came to the interior. almost everything was pitched to make room for custom work. This is one part of the car that Bob didn't do himself. calling on RPM Hot Rods in Pittsburgh instead.

They crafted a custom dashboard to house the Stack Motorsports multi-function display gauge cluster. Vintage Air controls. and i did it tilt steering column. The dash also holds a Stack tire pressure monitoring system to report air pressure and temperature. both critical factors on a road course. RPM also fabricated custom door panels and replaced the rear seat with panels to cover the widened wheel tubs and to hold a mix of Kenwood and Alpine stereo equipment. Pro Car seats were modified and stitched up in gray and orange leather that was also generously laid over every surface in the interior except the floor. Even though RPM did most of the work in the interior. Bob's attention to detail still prevails. He powder coated the center and spokes of the Lecarra steering wheel. and then had the rim wrapped with the same leather and orange stitching of the rest of the interior.

Bob is an ordinary car guy with extraordinary vision and fabrication skills. This is the fourth Camaro hes built. and each one goes further than the last in performance and execution. While hes committed to driving and competing in this car for the immediate future. we have to wonder if the wheels are already turning in his head about the next one! In addition to an artfully conceived and executed design. we dare say that there isn't a single component on Bob's Camaro that was taken out of the box and simply installed. We've uncovered only a couple dozen of the ultracool modifications that he has done to this Camaro. How many more differences can you find? By The Numbers 1971 Chevy Camaro Bob Bertelsen. Columbiana. IL Engine Type: Mast Motorsports 427ci LS7Block: aluminum GMOiling: ARE dry-sump systemRotating assembly: Callies forged crank. steel connecting rods and Mahle pistons Cylinder heads: Mast Motorsports Black Label 305cc aluminum heads Camshaft: GM LS7 with 246/260 degrees at 0. 050-inch lift and . 658/. 667-inch lift Valvetrain: Mast Motorsports Induction: Chevrolet Performance LS7 Exhaust: DSE 1. 875-inch primary headers. 3-inch exhaust system with Flow master mufflers Power adder: none Fuel system: Cadillac CTS-V electric in-tank pumpIgnition: Mast Motorsports Cooling: Flex-a-lite aluminum radiator and dual electric fansOutput: 657 hp at 6. 00 rpm and 575 lb-ft at 5. 00 rpm. Built by: Mast Motorsports Bob did a masterful job of making the 650hp Mast Motorsports LS7 look it belongs under the hood of this 71 Camaro.

The inner fender wells are made from a custom spinning process for motorcycle fenders. Bob welded sections together for a factory-style appearance that covers massive 275/35ZR18 tires up front. DrivetrainTransmission: Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed manual Rear axle: Moser Engineering 9-inch with 3. 90:1 gears. Eaton Truetrac Chassis Front suspension: DSE Hydroformed subframe using DSE upper and lower control arms. DSE spindles. JRi coilovers. and DSE splined sway barRear suspension: DSE Quadralink four-link suspension with Panhard bar. JRi coiloversBrakes: Baer 6-piston 14-inch rotors front; 6-piston 14-inch rotors rear Wheels & TiresWheels: Forgeline CF3C wheels 18x10. front; 18x12. rearTires: BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW. 275/35ZR18 & 335/30ZR18

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Brute Force
Camaro Multiple Show Winner
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