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    The idea behind the "Tom Henry RS" Project was to modify a Fourth Generation Camaro, Powered by the 3800 Series II V6, to the point that some of its performance characteristics approached those of the latest V6 Camaros.

    Recent base-model Camaros come with GM's 3.6-liter, four-cam, direct-injected, "High-Feature V6" which puts out between 313 and 335- horsepower depending on the model year. Our project car build-up modified the 4th gen car's 3.8 liter V6 to about 300-hp then let its lighter weight (3266-lbs vs. 3740-lbs) compensate for the rest of the power difference. We, also tried nitrous oxide which got us just short of 400-hp and, on the bottle, no current V6 had a chance. In addition we did some performance enhancements to the car's suspension and brakes to improve the car's handling and stopping to the point they'll rival the 5G and 6G cars.

    The Tom Henry RS (THRS) project-named in honor of the famed, "Tom Henry SS" Camaros the Bakerstown, Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer sold in 2001 and 2002 - was begun back in 2003 for an article in Popular Hot Rodding magazine. In 2005, it was greatly expanded to a series of six articles, for Camaro Performers magazine ending in early 2007. In 2010, parts of the project covering the engine modifications were repackaged and published in a three-part series for 4th Gen Firebird owners in Pontiac Enthusiast magazine.

    Starting in 2008, the Staff at the now-defunct Camaro Homepage web site, which was sponsored by Tom Henry Chevrolet, began rewriting, expanding, and adding more imagery to each article, then posting them as a six-part series. The installments were added once a year. The Tom Henry RS project was completed at the end of 2014.

    After the Camaro Homepage was shut down by Tom Henry Chevrolet, the series eventually moved to camarov6.com. For the last three years the car has been a daily driver for one of the editors who formerly worked at the CHPg. The car is currently for sale.

    Thanks to all the visitors to the old Camaro Homepage and the many project sponsors who made the THRS project possible. Special thanks to Mike at the new camarov6.com site for taking an interest in the project. I hope you all enjoy it.

    Hib Halverson
    Former THRS project manager
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