Universal City, Texas
1973 Chevrolet Camaro LT Z28 RS
1973 Plymouth Road Runner
Head to Head
About “Black Betty”
In 1973 the Type LT replaced the SS option and added many new options to the Camaro line, such as factory A/C for the first time and power windows for the first time in the second gen production line. I've owned this for a few years and done some myself, with friends and paid for the rest. I try to maintain a stock look, and do a few shows from time to time. In the coming summer I will run it down the track a time or two and get my 0-60, and 1/4 mile times.
If you can provide documentation on how many LT Z28 RS optioned Camaros were produced in '73 I would like to hear from you.
My current project. I bought the car for $800. It was painted primer gray on top of the original B5 blue. It has a 318 small block and automatic trans. I bored the block 30 over and filled it with Speed Pro's forged pistons. The crank had to be turned 10 thousandths and everything was balanced to within a tenth of a gram. The cam is a small RV type for the time being ( later plan on installing a pair of R/T heads and bump the cam up to a 284/284 duration with a .484 lift "Purple Cam") I also have full length headers and 3" exhaust. The intake and carb (Thermoquad) were originaly from a '78 Aspen 360 and now replace the 2bbl that my car originaly came with. 150 rear wheel horsepower was from the factory, now has about 300 (no dyno results yet). With the R/T heads and hot cam, it should make about 400 rear wheel horses (hopefully). My dreams for this car are to drop in a new 6.1L SRT8 Hemi, Tremec trans, AlterKation front-end, 4-link Moser60 rear with 3.92 gears and disc brakes all around, and 18 inch wheels in front and 19s in the rear (Foose?). I need about $50,000 more to finish my baby. I'll gladly accept any donations. Just kiding HaHaHa. I had an accident in 2007, and now I'm trying to get her back into shape. The picture above was taken at Fredericksburg's Big Boy Toy Show just a month before my accident,
Specs for “Black Betty”
-350 Chevy Small Block 325HP
-Muncie M-21 Close Ratio 4 Speed
-3:73 Rear End
-650 CFM Edelbrock Carb
Specs for “Project”
318 small block, Now measures 323c.i., automatic trans., power steering, NO power brakes, NO a/c.
About 300h.p, 305ft/lbs torque (computer dyno program generated numbers)
Factory Options for “Black Betty”
-Original Vinyl Top
-Front Disk Rear Drum Brakes
-All Trim Packages
Factory Options for “Project”
Front disc brakes, that is it.
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