This Months Featured Camaro
Steve Araki's 1968 RS/SS 540 Street Car
By: Brendon Niimi

Steve's car has turned out to be an impressive and clean build. Like every car there's a story to go with it and for that we go back to the 80's. Steve bought the car right out of High School in 1987 in Hawaii Kai from an older woman. The car was an original '68 Rally Sport with a 2 Speed Powerglide Trans, Factory Air Conditioning, 10 Bolt Rear End and 327 SBC. The car was also in it's original color combo in Ermine White and Gold Standard Interior. Over the course of time, Steve repainted the car to a Marina Blue with white Z Stripes and Black Interior. A GM 12 Bolt 4.10 Posi  took place of the original 10 Bolt Rear. A M22 Rockcrusher 4 Speed also was installed, as well a built 355 SBC with a Solid Roller Cam. To really give it the Street Car image Steve selected Weld Draglite rims. 15X10 on 275/60/15s out back and 15X3.5 on 195/60/15s in front. The car sat for a couple of years and in 2009 Steve decided to rebuild the car to a whole new level. The '68 was taken apart and the restoration began. First off, he wanted to run more meat in the rear so he had the crew at Pacific Muscle Car install the DSE Mini Tub Kit. PMC (Pacific Muscle Car) also replaced some sheetmetal on the car as well as the bodywork and paint. For paint Steve picked Viper Red with Black Z/28 Stripes in a 2 Stage Base Coat/ Clear Coat. Once the car was shot with paint it was then time for Powdercoating. Mekala Powdercoating out in Kapolei did the Inner Fenders, Radiator Support, Rear End, and Front Subframe all in Gloss Black and shot clear over for additional protection. The freshly painted car was reunited with all the parts that were powdercoated. Steve always craved for a Big Block so he ordered a 540 Merlin BBC Short Block directly from Jegs. For the valve train he put in a Comp Cams .540 Lift/.540 Duration Hydraulic Roller Thumpr Cam with Ultra Gold Aluminum Roller Rockers. For Airflow he chose World Rectangle Port Heads 119cc. He kept the compression low at only 9.5:1. Hooker Competition Headers and a Stainless 3" Flowmaster American Thunder Exhaust System with 3.5" dumps were picked to help direct the escaping gases. To keep everything cool he chose a Be Cool 4 Core Aluminum Radiator with Dual Electric Fans. Steve rebuilt his GM M22 Rockcrusher placing in the new Marciero Gears in place of the original GM. Out back he also bought a Currie Enterprises Narrowed 9" Rear with a 3.89 Posi. The frame is armed and tied with Cal Trac Traction Bars and Heidt's Subframe Connectors. The  Rear Brakes are stock 9" Drums, the Front Brakes are from Master Power Brakes which are slotted and zinc washed. Due to the raw power of the 540, a Hydratech Hydraboost system was installed to help slow down the car which hooks up to the AGR Power Steering Box. For the Fuel System a DSE Narrowed Stainless Fuel Tank was selected and then Powdercoated. Steve also dropped the car 2" inches with  Master Power Brakes 2" Drop Spindles provided with the Brake Kit and DSE 2" Drop Springs in the rear. The Interior was tastefully redone with Black Recaro Front Bucket Seats, and the rear was recovered in the same material. The Black Standard Door Panels were reused. The headlights are now updated with the DSE Electric Headlight Kit. Instrumentation was updated to a Covan Classic Dash complete with all modern Autometer Gauges and it gives accurate readings. The car sports Centerline Telstar II Rims 15X10 on 325/60/15s in back 15X4 on 195/60/15s in front. Lastly an original 2" GM Cowl Hood all the original Chrome Moldings, Trim, Bumpers and Bumper Guards. This car was completed a year later in 2010 and Steve deserves a huge round of applause that is a lot of work that went into building a car and it was done the right way! It will always turn heads everywhere! Steve is looking at putting some Vintage Air in the car in the future. A huge mahalo to Steven Fujimoto, Daniel Nakamura, Dwight Min and the rest of the guys at PMC for making this dream come true. Also another huge mahalo to Noa Chan and the guys at Mekala Powdercoating for being involved with this project. Photos of the restoration can be found at Pacific Muscle Cars website at

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Much thanks to Mel Sakaba, Brendon Niimi and Ron Freitas for the pictures.

 1998 Indy Pace Car 6 speed Corvette is 1/1163 and 1/500 6 speed. Custom paint match tail light cover and plate everything works. $24,000 no trades/ best offer 28,000 original miles.
1988 Iroc Z Convertib
le Camaro Cold A/C Power Windows. Oxidation on hood top and body good shape. 305 TPI Automatic with 160 speedo. Asking $8,500 no trade.
Contact Lincoln at: 741-8556 leave message

1991 GMC Syclone, 28,000 Original Miles, Excellent Condition Asking $19,500

1968 Camaro Race Car, 383 SBC, Brodix Heads, Ford 9" Rear End, Chromoly Rollcage, Fiberglass, all Electronics, Powerglide, Transbrake, Backhalved, Lexan Windows, Aeroscoop Hood. Asking $25,000. Pictures of cars will be up soon. Call 286-0103.

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Pearlridge rooftop cruise nights hosted by bleizn fx

KAPOLei wendy's cruise nights 
every saturday night of every month 

BOB's Big bear Waipahu town center
june 7,

Fourth of july show n shine pearl harbor
july 4th 2014 more info at:

AIEA HIGH SCHool  show n shine & swap meet
june 28

RON's performance center show 2014
august 9

2014 WWM Cruise Night Schedule

Windward Mall will be holding it cruise nights on the 3rd Sat of the month in 2014 from 4:30pm to 9:00pm. and it start in March and end in Nov.
June 21, July 19 Aug 16 & Oct. 18

2014 APSC Cruise Night Schedule

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