Dave Kattner

Chevy Camaro Type LT

Year: 1974

Paint: PPG Deltron Base/Clear

Special Modifications: Motor is a 350 bored 30 over, original block. Edelbrock Aluminum heads, Dual Edelbrock 4bbl carbs, Vintage Air, Dougs headers, Be Cool Radiator, EMS serpentine belt system, Dakota Digital Gauges, 4L60E 4 speed automatic/overdrive tranny. Moser 12 bolt rear end with Eaton posi and 3:73 gears. 4 wheel Wilwood disc brakes, Foose wheels with BFG tires, L88 fiberglass hood.

The story behind this car is one of which I am extremely proud of and only what is above has the answer.

Three years ago I was hit in the head with a hot tub cover on Christmas Day. After being taken to the doctor and extensive tests being done I was diagnosed with two brain tumors. I ended up at Madison University and had brain surgery for the removal of one of the tumors which was cancer. During my extensive recovery, brain radiation and chemo, my cancer counselor says, “Dave you are very special. There is something very different with you that the medical people cannot figure out. You shouldn’t be doing the things your doing and you keep on moving forward.”

She started to push the idea of me building and painting a car as it is what I did most of my life. I thought she was crazy!! Well, she has become the sole reason for me taking the chance on it. She was right and I ended up building this White Camaro in six months while on chemo. I do not know how or why but it happened. I was able to take the White car and my Black Camaro to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee in February of 2020 and I received the Steele Master Builder of the Year award for what I have accomplished.

Now please know, I do not have a shop, lift, special tools or any help, just me in my garage. If I had answers for all the questions that people ask I would be very smart. Well, I tell them, “I’m OK”
I am very fortunate making it through to this point. I enjoy going to car shows and having people see what I have accomplished.

I am a Very Proud Cancer Survivor!!! To all the Cancer patients out there, “Never Give Up”