1969 Camaro - Owned by Manny Powell


Back in 1987, I was hunting for an old car to put my big block motor in so you could see the motor.  While hunting one day, I stumbled across an old 1969 body sunk in the mud of an old barn.  I asked the owner what she would take for the car, and the next day she stopped by my yard sale and traded it with me for an end table.  

I wanted everybody to see my killer motor, so I cut the car down small enough to see it.  I measured the driveshaft before taking out my saw and cutting the body into 29 parts, not realizing it would take the next 10 years to put it back together.  I worked a full-time day job and worked on my car at night.  

When I first started I went to Jegs and bought a roll cage kit and a 24-foot, 2x3 steel frame that I took home and narrowed to fit the car.  It has a 1963 Chevy van straight axle in the front; a beefed up 10 bolt Chevy rear end with Mosher axles; a 350 turbo transmission; and a 454 motor with a 671 Weiland blower and two 650 Holley carburetors.  Once I got it running, I drove it for three years, winning a lot of trophies at car shows.  

However, a house fire three years later damaged the car.  Since then, I’ve been rebuilding it—another six years in the making.  I have had an awful time getting it back together, but it is finally finished.  The car is only 4 feet 10 inches wide in the rear and 3 feet 7 inches in the front.  It’s 13 feet long and 3 feet, 1.5 inches tall.   This is the world’s smallest drivable 1969 Camaro.