1980 Chevrolet Camaro
Grumpy Jenkins is widely known for his superior engine building skills, being a top-notch drag racer and a multi-motorsports hall of fame inductee. But before he made a name for himself, Jenkins was just a normal guy, or at least as normal as any future Chevy great could be. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 22, 1930, Jenkins was born William Tyler Jenkins, (it wasn't until much later in life that he acquired the nickname "The Grump" or "Grumpy"). Raised in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Jenkins grew up on his grandfather's unused farm property, located within a few miles of what is now the ritzy Main Line area. Like many young boys, Jenkins became interested in engines and vehicles around the age of 12. After all, he would be old enough to have some sort of vehicle to drive around the farm soon, and he looked forward to that opportunity. Unbeknownst to him, it was this first real thought of engines and vehicles in his early teenage years, that would eventually lead him to being the amazing engine builder he became later in life. -Thx to Chevyhardcore.com
As sometimes happens in life and especially with race cars, they are lost to the ravages of time, accidents, or become outdated and unfit for competition. Such is the case with the original Grumpy's Toy XV, lost to the world but faithfully recreated by our capable consignor. Covering every detail down to the decals, engine and even signatures from Larry Lombardo, one of Jenkins' drivers who is considered by some to be one of the greatest drivers from the early Pro-Stock era, this car is spot on. Proudly offered for consignment and gracing our Hallowed Halls is the perfect tribute to Grumpy's Toy XV, a 1980 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Stock drag car. Not only is this car up to date on its NHRA certifications, it can be shown as it has in the past. This car has been shown at numerous exhibits with Larry Lombardo, was featured in the Cruisin' Times publication, was a staple of the NHRA Summer Nationals at Raceway Park, Old Time Drags, and various other shows in New Jersey, as well as being in the Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing in York Springs, PA for a number of years. Oh, did I mention that not only is this car current with its NHRA certification but has run a best ET of 8.88 @160mph in the 1/4 mile.....Sunday Sunday Sunday!!!
Please Note: This Car Is Sold On A Bill Of Sale Only, There Is No Title***
Standard issue white covers the flanks of this once streeter now full on racer. This white is mixed with red down low on the front bumper rockers and rear bumper and also runs the length of the beltline and traces the A and B-pillars before highlighting the bottom of the rear window. Adorning the sides of the car are various sponsor decals and the infamous "Grumpy's Toy XV" in a machine turned gold. Slight faults are noted throughout, but hey, it's a race car and looks just perfect at 150mph. Lots of fiberglass has been employed to keep the weight down, and it's easier to note what is factory Chevrolet steel. Those steel parts are the roof, rockers and rear quarter panels. All factory glass has been removed in favor of lightweight Lexan and remains in good clear condition. A Pro-Stock scoop, which is part of the hood, allows massive airflow to reach the mill, and a black aluminum rear wing with a parachute below lets everyone know what this car is capable of. Wheels are Weld Draglites with skinny 2.50x4.50-15 rubber up front and massive 33.0x16.0-15 rubber in the rear. As an extra bonus, Larry Lombardo has signed the roof and the trunk lid.
Strictly business inside....swinging open the lightweight fiberglass door we see a simple sheet aluminum cockpit framed by a black steel roll cage. Bars for the cage run front to back and across to keep the driver safe should a bad situation arise. A simple black plastic racing bucket seat is bolted in and 5 point racing harness and window net are on to keep the driver exactly where he or she belongs. Remnants of the original dash are present but more so only in form rather than function. A basic steering wheel with 2 push buttons, (left button for air shifter actuation and right button to engage the transbrake), front a slew of AutoMeter gauges mounted into the dash. To the driver's left is a switch panel with toggles for the fuel pump, ignition, cooling fan, water pump, and lights. Hanging just above on the A-pillar is an Autometer tachometer. On the removable center hump is a Cheetah SCS racing shifter, which can be shifted normally or shifted via compressed air when making that record setting pass and on the right side floor is the MSD ignition box. Above is just the bare steel of the factory roof, the roll cage roof tubing and the handle for the parachute release. A shout out to the trunk which comes off via Dzus fasteners to expose a small fuel cell and the battery.
Grabbing a helper and pulling the pins allows us to lift off the ultra-lightweight fiberglass hood. Lurking in the tube frame-based engine bay is a massive 468ci Chevrolet big block V8. It is fed copious amounts of air and fossils via dual Holley Dominator 4bbl carburetors and an Edelbrock Victor tunnel ram intake manifold. A motor plate is seen to keep the engine secure and black Moroso valve covers are on for the dress up. Bolted to the back of this Pro-Stock mill is a reverse manual valve body TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. This feeds the huge horsepower count back to a near indestructible Dana 60 rear axle.
Far too low to the ground to make it up on our lift we did the snake slither and slide to get a view of the bottom side. All tube steel and aluminum sheeting makes up the frame and floors and naturally all is rust free. An independent front suspension with coil overs is noted and works with a ladder bar and coil over set up on the back to get the horses firmly planted to the ground. Wheelie bars have been added to keep the front end from reaching too far skyward during those hard launches. Disc brakes are on the front and in the rear drum brakes remain. If these binders don't bring you to a stop in the shutdown area there's always the parachute out back for assistance.
It's loud, it's powerful, it's radical, it's dangerous in the wrong hands, it's not legal for highway use, and it's a screamer. While my ample frame and lack of flexibility kept me from wheeling this Pro-Stock tribute, my partner in crime and all-around good guy was more than willing to strap in and try out the traction of the Classic Auto Mall testtrack. While he feels that he's graceful entering a racecar, I say it's like watching someone staple water to a tree. Once in and acclimated with the controls he fired the car up and got a little heat in the engine before heading off to set a new CAM 1/8th mile track record. While I didn't watch his drive, I could hear it as clear as day. Upon returning he reported blisteringly fast acceleration, adequate braking and handling on par with a purpose built straight line car. No track records were set during the drive as our fabled test track hasn't been properly groomed for 8 second passes and he is not a fan of No Prep racing.
An overall wonderful job with a dead-on replica of a piece of racing history lost to the ravages of racing and time. All motor under the hood, all business in the cockpit and all flash and fanfare on the body. Let's go spend some time on the show circuit then hit the track, hang the front wheels high, set a new best ET and make Grumpy proud!
Exact Replica of Grumpy's Toy XV
468ci Big Block Chevy V8
Dana 60 Rear
Current NHRA Certification
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