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Cars > Jonathanrmanion’s Garage > Blog > 1983 Chevrolet Camaro (Haywire) > The Need for Speed


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The Need for Speed

By Jonathanrmanion

Filed under: 1983 Chevrolet Camaro (Haywire)

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Ok folks, i know you all have had the need for speed atleast a few times in your life. Me personally, I've had my fair share of close calls with Death when speed was involved. But it has never slowed me down. Has it gotten me to rethink my approach to speed, yes and no. Will i ever slow down? Hell no! To sum up how i feel about it i will use the Quote that my Detachment SGT has posted on his door. - Life's journey is not arrive at your grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "Holy ****.... What a Ride". So the thing that has been racing through my mind this whole morning is My Z28! It is going to be receiving my Chevelle's Salty Small block after i freshen up the gaskets a bit, and having north of 400 ponies will bring a smile to any ones face... but i am already dreaming of going fast again. I was think of a nasty Big Block, a 427 or a stroked 396 would be nice, with an exhaust that kicks out behind the front tires, probably by cut outs with a switch to open it up, though i have a feeling it would be open more often then not, unless the cops are near by or wintery weather prevents me! Am i crazy or am i just a good old fashioned enthusiast? Either way i am shoot for the moon and if i miss? Well i'll be among the stars

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Jun 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm
I understand the need for speed, and living life the way you want to, but don't throw your life away either. Leave your mark, whatever your mark may be. If your mark be speed, be the best, if your mark be fun, be the most noted. But, no sense doing it without safety in mind. Camaros, especially the earlier ones, have the serious problem that we have demanded of the manufacture, that the car delivers us more power then the car can handle. NASCAR has some pretty good rules for correcting this, following them will help make the Camaro safe. But safe isn't enough, safe just means surviving a crash (as you already have, by luck). Ideally you don't want to wreck. Thus you want control. Jaguar had said it best when they argued against putting those ugly Safety Bumpers on their XKE, "isn't it better to build a car better able to avoid an accident altogether?" Indeed the XKE was a very agile car, excellent power to control ratio. Today's comparison would probably be the Bugatti Veyron. I intend to own a Veyron, don't know that I will, but... However they are expensive. So how do you make your Camaro approach equality? First is to throw out that pathetic rear axle. Jaguar IRSs are readily available in many models of the Jaguar from many Junk Yards, and are readily adaptable to many applications including your Camaro. Also, even the XJ6 has a better front suspension and steering that isn't that hard to adapt. Breaking, I'd almost go aftermarket. Now the body morphing to fit the varying airstream created by excessive speeds... Of course after you conquer all of that, your tires will let you down, Radial tires may wear better and give better gas mileage, but they do not handle speed.
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Mar 20, 2012 at 6:23 am
Very deep and meaning full, thanks PRECISIONDRIVER! At the end of the day i just wanna have fun!
Mar 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm
Do what feels right and what you can afford. Just be careful out there. You can be the best high-speed driver in the world, but you never know what lies in the road ahead.
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Mar 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm
I dont think you can go wrong either way just depends on what you want. I like the 427 though. When will ya get to start on her.
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Mar 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm
Honestly, I think the Chevelles motor will be plenty for Haywire. The Chevelle will have a big block that WILL satisfy the need for speed.
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Mar 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm
Love what you're going for, and can't wait to see when done! biggrin image
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Mar 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm
427 sbc would carry it pretty good
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Mar 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm
I say go for it,because you only live once
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Mar 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm
I say "GO FOR IT"
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Mar 15, 2012 at 9:46 am
Road course or straight line drag strip is the question. The pure speed from a big block down the quarter mile is definately an adrenilen rush. Since I dont get to the track too often I side towards road course conditions. A small block gives you a huge preformance advantage in weight. You cn build em inexpensively to put out 500 hp. Not enough, then add a blower or turbo. NOS is cheap for the quarter mile, expensive on the street. Either way go with what gets you excited and keeps the passion alive.

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