My brother Dean enlisted in the Navy recently and asked me, his 18 year old little sister, to take care of his Camaro SS convertible for him while he is in the service. (He's either very trusting or very stupid!) He knew from the day he bought the car that I loved it, but until now he never even let me drive it! He lived a couple hundred miles from us, but came home for a week visit before leaving for basic training, and he checked me out on the car before he left. To make everything official, he put the car in my dad's name (so the insurance would cost less!), but I'm taking care of paying for everything including basic upkeep, regestration, inspection, and insurance. Dad even volunteered to park his car outside so mom's car and the Camaro can be parked in the garage. The Camaro will only come out to play on clear days with no chance of rain or snow. My Cavalier will still be my daily car. I want to be able to return the car to my brother in as good a shape as it's in now!
We've had Redbird the longest, about 10 years. She has been slightly modified. The 3-slow-5 is long gone. Her heart beat is a 350 Goodwrench 4 bolt with a lot of goodies ;>. The story goes something like this:
Lunati 204/214 420/442 (448/472 @ 1.6) Hydraulic Cam/Lifters
Edelbrock Double Roller Chain
Comp Cams 1.6 Roller Tip Rockers
Crane Chrome Moly Push Rods
Melling HV55 Oil Pump
World Products S/R Torquer Heads 2.02/1.60 170 cc runners
Edelbrock Performer EGR Intake
Modified cc q-jet
Accell Billetech 60109 Distributor
MSD 6A and 8.8 Wires
Edelbrock Victor Water Pump
Edelbrock Tubular Exhaust
Dynomax Cat Back
Hypertech Low Temp Fan Switch
Hypertech Thermomaster Chip
And a little bit of wrenchtime.
So that's all the mods to the engine bay area, and I always feel that if you can make it go faster, (easy, really) one should also improve the whoa factor as well. So the brake job goes a liitle bit like this:
All stainless hard and braided lines.
US Brake 2.75" piston front calipers.
Slotted disks up front
New master cylinder, and booster.
Dot 5 (silcone) brake fluid. This stuff is crazy!)
Rear is stock, but those aussie calipers are pretty good.
So, yeah, Redbird can stop on a dime and give nine cents change!
We also rebuilt the entire front suspension, ball joints, inner and outer tierods, center drag link, idler arm, and added a couple of small things like, KYB struts, Energy Suspension bushings, and Edelbrock tie rod connectors. Still using the factory springs tho.
This one time at band camp...No really, a couple summers ago I put a ten bolt with a 3:73 under there, and the Wife wasn't real happy with it. She said it kept going into "tire shake", haha. So I swapped back in the Aussie nine bolt. She likes it better that way. Don't get me wrong, she can and does drive like an ace, she would put a lot you "men" out there to shame! She's from Germany and has lots of Autobahn hours. What a blast that is, but that's a different story.
We haven't done much with the stock 700 tranny, stock T/C and a little B&M shift kit is all.
V-8, Automatic transmission, beautiful and FAST!
Runs and drives great!
SS package, convertible top, automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM/CD stereo, leather seats, dual exhausts, and a lot more...
Nine bolt aussie rear w/2.77. Yeah, I know, but she gets great hwy mileage.
I have not and will not do anything to this car. I'm keeping it the way my brother 'gave' it to me so he'll get it back the same way. I don't know what he may have done to it. I didn't ask, but he didn't mention anything.
New front suspension.
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