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601  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Recommended Rear End Ratio... on: May 17, 2006, 01:53:06 PM
Okay, I am up in the air on a decision and looking for a consensus of what you guys think.  I have a 69 Camaro that is going to get a 502 Crate Motor, A Tremec tko 600 5 speed manual transmission and a Ford 9" Rear.  I am going with the Martz Rally and Road Race front subframe and a TCI 4 link setup in the back.  I have been given a choice of a rear end ratio.  Well, I have no clue at all what to tell them.  This car is going to be a daily driver and not raced.  I want something that leaves the line quickly bt will cruise nicely at 80-90mph down the highway.  I have been told anywhere from a 3:40 rear up to a 4:11.  I don't want too radical, but I don't want a dog either.  I am going to go with the majority of what you guys say.  So, you all get to help me build my car.  Tell me what you think and if so, why. 

Thanks for the help.

Steve
sdkar@bellsouth.net
602  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Donor cars for a Tremec 5 speed tranny? on: May 17, 2006, 07:21:56 AM
I would like to try and get a 5-speed from a donor car.  I hear all this info about WC and NWC tremec transmissions.  What does that mean.  Also, what donor cars should I look for to get a good 5 speed tremec manual transmission that will hold up with a 500hp motor?

Thanks.

Steve
603  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / 1969 Camaro trunk springs - will Nova trunk springs fit? on: May 15, 2006, 07:43:44 PM
I need the two spring bars for a 69 Camaro.  There is a 68 Nova in the junkyard.  Are these springs interchangeable?

604  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: 69 Camaro metal dash replacement - will Nova work? on: May 12, 2006, 11:56:35 AM
I wasn't talking about just the top part of the dash that commonly rusts out.  I was talking about the entire metal dash setup, that the gauges, ashtray, glove box etc was all housed in.  I was looking at buying a 69 Camaro that had this part removed.  However, I opted to not buy that one and ended up buying one that had a full stock dash in it.

605  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: May 10, 2006, 12:48:51 AM
I spoke with the guy and just for the heck of it, ordered the directions.  He stated that the motors used are from the 90's Chrysler Lebaron type cars with the headlight covers.  These cars use a single motor with two rods extending to each cover.  He stated I would need two of these.  These cost less then $10 at the junkyard near me and were plentiful. 
606  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Pro-Tour Camaro - Drop spindles or stock height? Tire size? on: May 09, 2006, 10:43:00 PM
I am looking at a new front subframe from Martz chassis for a 69 Camaro.  They are offering either standard height or dropped spindles.  What is the difference in handling and looks?  Is one better than the other and for what? 

Also, is there a tire size limit on the dropped spindles?  Finally, what is the biggest wheel and tire that will fit under a 69 with standard wheel wells? 
607  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: ignition system on: May 08, 2006, 10:26:39 PM
I used the Crane XR-i HEI conversion.  It fits in your existing stock distributor.  I got it from Summit racing and it costs $64.  It was recommended I upgrade the coil as well, so I bought a black coil that looks exactly like the stock one for $30.  This was done about 2-3 years ago and still runs great.  One of the best upgrades you can do for your car.  Total cost about $100 and it was done in well under an hour, and I took the entire distributor out to do it.  But the job can be done leaving the distributor in your car.  I highly recommend this upgrade.  Here are the links to the items I used.

Steve


http://store.summitracing.com/egnsearch.asp?Ntk=KeywordSearch&DDS=1&Ntt=750%2D1710&searchinresults=false&N=115

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=CRN%2D730%2D0020&N=4294890813+115&autoview=sku
608  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Does anything seem wrong with this auction? on: May 06, 2006, 02:16:10 PM
Okay,

I ended up buying the Camao.  I took a chance because everything else restorable was $12,000 and up.  The seller delivered the body to my house today.  Turns out it was a really good buy.  The work that was done was very nicely done and everything lines up almost perfect.  The car came with brand new asembled door panels, a Ron Francis wiring kit still in the box, and new carpet and a new gas tank.  The guy even threw in a couple of extra door that are really nice.  All of the seats, taillights, visors along with a few boxes of misc stuff that will be needed to put it back together.  To be honest, if the seller had better pics, was a little more clear on his answers to questions, and had a better feedback, the car would have sold for quite a bit more money. 

Overall, I think I got more then I expected and I am happy.  The body really only needs finish welding and skimming and I'm ready for the new suspension.

I know this is nothing important, but I felt it would be appropriate for the end of the post.
609  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / What other rear end differentials will fit a 69 Camaro? on: May 04, 2006, 03:29:18 PM
What, if any, other donor cars can I look for to get a rear end that will fit a 69 Camaro?  I don't care about the perches as I am going to cut them off anyway and install the rear with a 4 link setup.  I just want to make sure the width from wheel to wheel is okay to use.  Can I even go a little smaller and adjust it with offset rims.  This is for a pro-tour project with 17" or 18" rims.

Steve
610  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: 700R4 conversion in a '68 on: May 04, 2006, 03:25:39 PM
I installed a 200-4r in my 68 and it was the easiest swap ever.  I had to get the TH400 crossmember, the shift plate and shifter plate from shiftworks, the torque converter lockup module from TCI.  I got the tranny from a buick (I think a riviera).  It cost me under $500 for everything.  It was easy to do and the results were tremedous.  The 200 had a luxury car shift feel so I highly recommend a shift kit to firm it up a little.  It was installed behind my smallblock.  Not super high horsepower, but the 200 handled it fine and worked great.

I have the original article from Chevy hi-performance magazine from several years ago.  I saved it.  It has the step by step instructions and the list of suppliers where to get the parts as well as the list of donor cars to look for to get the tranny.  I will mail this to you if you email me with your mailing address. 

sdkar@bellsouth.net


Steve

611  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Anyone recommend an aftermarket front subframe/4 link suspension. on: May 04, 2006, 03:10:26 PM
I am completely rebuilding my 69 Camaro.  I want to get rid of the stock subframe and leaf spring setup and go with an aftermarket suspension with coilover shocks, rack & pinion steering, 4 link rear, new rear differential and 4 wheel disc. 

There are a lot of choices.  Has anyone used any of these brands and what do you recommend or suggest or have had experience with as far as installation and overall performance, and finally price?

The car is going to get a 502 motor and either a 5 or 6 speed transmission.


Thanks guys,

Steve

612  Camaro Research Group Discussion / Mild Modifications / Re: HELP with suspension upgrade? on: May 04, 2006, 03:05:43 PM
After installing new ball joints and tie rods and shock...I highly recommend upgrading to the 1" or 1-1/8" front sway bar.  It costs between $100 - $150 for it.  You wouldn't think this slight difference would make a big difference, but it really does.  It won't help with your bouncing (the other stuff will take care of that) but it will handle corners better and be a little more firmer in the turning. 
613  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: How Many 1969 Z28 Rally Sport Camaros Were Built? on: May 03, 2006, 09:09:23 AM
According to my last search on ebay there were 37,865 Z/28's with the RS option for sale.

614  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Rally Sport Vacuum problems. HELP! on: May 03, 2006, 09:02:23 AM
This may be a resolution.  I haven't tried it, but it may be worth a shot.

see ebay #4634888328

615  Camaro Research Group Discussion / General Discussion / What other subframes fit a first gen Camaro? on: April 30, 2006, 06:52:20 PM
Okay, I know a Nova subframe will work as well as its brother the Ventura.  What other subframes will work on a first gen Camaro?  Anything late model?

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