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Walton, New York
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I broke it!

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

So after fighting wheel spin and crappy 60's at the drag strip for a while I went to a different track. They do more traction prep and I dropped a little more pressure in my drag radials. I finally got it to hook hard for a strong launch and BOOM! The launch was stronger than the welds on the rear end housing. It twisted the center section on the axle tubes and poked a big hole in the back seat.

I called up a friend with a trailer and got it towed home... Now I'm in the market for a new (stronger) rear end housing!

Track time

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

I went to the track to get my suspension adjusted and the engine tuned just right to see what it will do. Due to rain and a guy grenading his engine I only got two runs in all day and neither were very good.

First run: No wheelspin. Quick burnout, 1.5/1 turns preload on the traction bars. Launched at 2000 rpm and it hooked hard... bogged down the engine down and then recovered halfway through first gear.

60ft............2.075
330ft..........5.805
1/8mi.........8.873
1/8mph......80.96
1000ft........11.503
1/4mi.........13.724
1/4mph......100.95

2nd run: Too much wheelspin. Quick burnout 1.5/1 preload. Launched at 3000 and didnt stop spinning until it got a little sideways and I lifted to get it back straight. Better top end MPH though.

60ft............2.942
330ft..........6.896
1/8mi.........10.006
1/8mph......80.19
1000ft........12.637
1/4mi.........14.867
1/4mph......101.61

Carlisle 2007

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

Everything is all done and functional. The 6spd, the suspension, the exhaust... It survived the 500 mile Carlisle trip and all is well. Last year's Carlisle trip I got 12.5mpg with my 4spd and 3.08s, this year I got 18.7 with the 6spd and 4.10s.

This year's event had 604 Camaros, a bunch were from Nasty Z28. We had a campground site set up with barbecues, lounging and miscellaneous hell raising. It was all a good time and I'll be back again next year.

winter project just got bigger

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

I decided to rebuild the front suspension while I had the car torn apart. As of tonight though, I think I'm finally to the point where I can start reassembly.

Transmission swap started

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

I pulled the 4spd last night, along with the driveshaft, exhaust, headers, e-brake. The slipping clutch comes off next and then I'll take out the 355. I need to replace the engine mounts by the looks, so I'll upgrade to poly and make the whole car shake even more at idle! I installed the subframe connectors last week and I also bought a battery relocation kit for the trunk, because I want to lift the front wheels this spring!

Edit: Engine is now out. Thanks to JohnnyBy68 for the extra hand tonight.

It's done!

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

Well, in Photoshop anyway. I finished up modifying the beast how I want it so I have a good idea of the finished project, even though I'm probably ~$8000 away from it right now. Actually getting my vision down on paper (well, digitally) and actually seeing it has me psyched. I can't wait to actually get this thing done.



And here is the pic I started with:

bought myself a 6speed

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

Can you say 4.10s AND better gas mileage? I'm ditching the 3.08s in now and the stupid slipping clutch. New u-joints, driveshaft, ring & pinion, and axles are on the list from moser, and probably a centerforce LT4 clutch.

line lock in

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

I installed the line lock and tested it out. Holy crap is that fun. I love having a RWD. All the smoke you could ever need... Check out the videos.

top end swap done

By woody2136

Filed under: 1980 Chevrolet Camaro (Z28)

Picked up some Vortec heads on ebay already clearanced to .500" lift to bump up compression and improve flow. I went with an RPM airgap intake manifold to take advantage of the big hairy cam. There were a couple issues making the new style heads fit the old block like fabbing a throttle bracket and some grinding on the alt bracket for the intake.
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