LABOR OF LOVE
Hot Rod|March 2021
This 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Gets Show-Winning Restoration
Jerry Heasley

Frank Arone’s 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is the latest in a group of nearly two dozen muscle car restorations that he has done. He owns a restoration shop that, while it is a business, “is not highly profitable for me,” he admits. “It’s a labor of love.”

Frank restored many of these muscle cars prior to opening this restoration facility, which goes back to the year 2000. He was a muscle car enthusiast first.

Frank has been painting cars since he was 12 years old. His interests have covered Corvettes to sport trucks, four-wheel-drives to SUVs, and now at 62, his interests have circled back to muscle cars, which are what he really likes. Over the years, he’s amassed some noteworthy models, including a 1969 COPO Camaro, a 1969 Z/28, and a 1967 Yenko Camaro, among others.

When describing the restoration of this 1970 Z28, Frank says he wanted to go over the top. “Not a lot of people have really done the second-generation Camaro to this level. There’s a few out there, but we just set out to try to make the car as good as we could,” he says.

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