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September 2020 Camaro of the Month: Rick Railey’s 1969 SS Convertible

This 1969 Camaro SS convertible is the ultimate cruiser, packing modified big block power, a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and the timeless design of the first generation Chevy muscle car.

For several years, TorqueNews has worked with the folks from the Camaros Unlimited Facebook group to select the Camaro of the Month. Every month, more than 46,000 hardcore Camaro fans nominate their favorite car that is owned by another member of the group. When they get five nominees, the crowd then votes on their favorite Chevy muscle car of those in the running. When the voting ends, the Camaro of the Month is crowned.

For September 2020, the community of Camaro fans and owners chose the 1969 SS convertible shown here, owned by Rick Railey. We reached out to Rick for all of the details on his muscle car and you will find that information below.

Rick Railey’s Camaro SSRick Railey’s Camaro SS
Here a bit about the car. I purchased it from a family member in 2009. They had it since 1990. Really my favorite car is a 62,63 or 64 Nova but when this car was offered for sale I jumped on it. The car was 75% finished when I got it and the owner was in the process finishing it up. I mostly had to do little things like dress the motor up with some chrome and gauges .We did have to install a new convertible top along with top cylinders and pump. When I purchased the car it had 14 and 15 inch Cragar wheels. A couple years ago I decide it was time for a little update. We put Wilwood on all four corners,changed the suspension and added 18 inch Billet Specialties wheels. I’m proud to say everything works and with just a minimum amount of upkeep used every summer.

Rick Railey’s Camaro SS

Key Features:
396 bored 30 over with a comp nostalgia cam. 425 hp. Estimated.
Sanderson headers
4-speed Muncie M-21
Tick-Tock clock
12 bolt posi-traction rear end
4 wheel Wilwood brakes and master cylinder
18x7 front and 18x8 rear Billet Specialties wheels
Car is an x11 style code

Rick Railey’s Camaro SS

I would like to thank Mark Grill for all his help. We don’t have any plans to do anything to the car other than keep it running exactly as it is now with everything working .We use it once or twice a month in the summer.
Congratulations to Rick Railey and his 1969 Camaro SS convertible for winning the TorqueNews/Camaros Unlimited Camaro of the Month for September 2020.

Rick Railey’s Camaro SS

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Patrick Rall is a professional writer and photographer with a passion for all things automotive. Patrick has been sharing his automotive expertise in automotive journalism from Detroit for more than a decade covering the Big Three. Having grown up in his father’s performance shop, he spent extensive time at the oval track and drag strip – both driving and wrenching on various types of vehicles. In addition to working as a writer, Patrick previously worked as an automotive technician before moving on to a business office position with a chain of dealerships, and this broad spectrum of experience in the industry allows him to offer a unique look on the automotive world. Follow Patrick on Youtube and Twitter.