The 1968 Camaro 496 Stroker BBC Cammed Idle: A Sound That Will Take You Back in Time
A 1968 Camaro with a 496 cubic inch (also known as an 8.1 liter) big block Chevrolet (BBC) engine would likely be a powerful and high-performance vehicle. The 496 BBC engine is a large displacement V8 engine that was popular in muscle cars and other high-performance vehicles of the time. It was known for its ability to produce significant horsepower and torque, making it a popular choice for those looking to upgrade their vehicles for improved performance.
However, it’s worth noting that the use of this engine would likely require significant modifications to the vehicle, including the engine bay and possibly the suspension and transmission as well. It’s also important to consider the potential impact on the vehicle’s handling and driving characteristics, as well as the potential for increased fuel consumption.
In this video we have a very nice 1968 Chevy Camaro. But its beauty does not end only at the external appearance. The most special thing about this car is the sound. It is definitely stress relieving. I would listen to that all day long.
1968 was an important year for the ‘Maro. Not only were the side-window vents deleted but marker lights were added because the U.S. government mandated them. More importantly, the front grille got a little pointier and the rear shock absorber mounting was staggered to eliminate wheel hop.
A “cammed” idle refers to the sound produced by an engine with a camshaft that has been modified (or “cammed”) to produce more aggressive valve timing and lift. This can result in a distinctive and often louder idle sound, as well as increased performance characteristics such as improved horsepower and torque. Camming an engine involves installing a camshaft with different specifications than the original equipment camshaft, in order to alter the timing and lift of the valves.
This can be done for a variety of reasons, including to increase the engine’s power output or to change the engine’s performance characteristics. It’s important to note that cammed engines may require other modifications and adjustments in order to function properly and safely, and that the use of a cammed engine may also impact the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and emissions.
Of the 235,147 units produced that year, almost 27,900 were SS models. This car in the video is the example, featuring a 496-cubic-inch stroker V8 blunderbuss.
All you have to do is to play the video, sit and enjoy that sound: