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Cars > Challenges > “Haywire” Vs “Impala SS”


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Towanda, Kansas
United States

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1983 Chevrolet Camaro Z28


1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

“Impala SS”

Photo of: 1983 Chevrolet Camaro
Photo of: 1996 Chevrolet Impala

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About “Haywire”

A guy i worked with had told me of this car that his father in law and him had bought and unseized the block with coke and automatic tranny fluid after filling the entire engine with diesel for a month. He told me the starter went out and that they had it for sale for 2,500 obo. So i took a starter with me to check it out and test drive it, no big deal to change a starter on a 80's camaro (between me and my GF we had three) but it had some back woods engineered exhaust so it couldn't just pull the old one out. So i said i would consider buying it once the starter was put in, leaving my starter there i went home empty handed..... :( but about a week later while on the jobsite my buddy gets a call from his father in law wanting to know how much i would give for the car, cash money right then and there without hearing it run or driving it. I said 600 bucks and he said ok. so with some excitement i went over there with a buddy and a trailer and brought it home. Once it was home i took advantage of it being an open bottom trailer and dropped the entire hill billy exhaust and changed out the starter, changed the oil and bolted it all back together. While i was under there i noticed it had a 200R4 tranny with a pieced together torque arm mount (ugliest welding i ever laid eyes on) and what looked like 3" fence piping used as exhaust pipe..... i put a new battery in it and tried to start it. Cranked like crazy but no fire! so i pulled a plug, found the problem to be extremely fouled plugs, so i just cleaned them all and it fired up super easy. Once my Gf Kayleigh got home we took it for a test drive (i followed in my truck) and she got on it a lil and it had some salt to it. But on the way back it brakes faded bad, so bled them out that night and figured we try again the next day. Brakes didn't fade but she said one side would grab alot harder than the other, so i test drove it and the opposite side grabbed hard.... so i went to bleed the brakes again and noticed the fluid look funny, so i dipped my finger in it and it was automatic tranny fluid! needless to say Kayleigh wasnted to sell the car, but i liked it so just bought it from her. After 1500.00 bucks in replacing the entire brake system i had pretty decent Z28. But the motor's started declining in power quickly (i'm assuming because the rings were never replaced after breaking it loose) but i kept driving it, then once night after drill weekend the headlights and tail lights went out.... thankfully the sheriff let me drive it home (i was fixing to deploy, was in uniform with my bags packed in the backseat!) so now it is sitting in the drive way awaiting a motor swap, but the good news is i am buying a 396 400 combo from my cousin for my Chevelle so Haywire is getting the very salty 350/350 combo!

About “Impala SS”

I was in high school when these big ol' hot rods came out. The other guys wanted Ricers, but THIS is what I wanted! It's big, it's bold, it makes a statement.


Specs for “Haywire”

It has a carbed 305/ 200r4 combo in it right now that is all but dead, but it is getting my race prepped 350/350 out of my chevelle so it will be getting some susp upgrades like sub frame connectors, adjustable coil over shocks and what not.

Specs for “Impala SS”

5.7 liter LT-1 V-8
260 h.p.
330 lb.ft. torque
4-speed automatic transmission

Wheelbase - 115.9 in (2,944 mm)
Length - 214.1 in (5,438 mm)
Width - 77 in (1,956 mm)
Height - 54.7 in (1,389 mm)
Curb weight - 4,221 lb (1,915 kg)


Factory Options for “Haywire”

LOL Factory options on a Z28? everything! AC, Power window,locks, steering, brakes, though mine didn't get the power hatch release. It also has T-tops, so have to do extra reinforcing.

Factory Options for “Impala SS”

Maroon paint, gray leather upholstery


Mods for “Haywire”

No modifications listed.

Mods for “Impala SS”

K&N Drop-in Low-Restriction Air Filter.
(Well, there IS a pinstripe on it!)


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