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  1. 5thTimeAround

    Purchased a 402/396 to rebuild - recommendations?

    I have a 72 SS original BB car that currently has a sleepy mid-80's 350 in it. I recently purchased a period correct (ish) 396 block with the original crank, 292 heads (no valves), valve covers, rods/pistons, intake, exhaust manifolds and the correct Q-jet. It was listed for a good price (in...
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    Just purchased this 72' SS 4x4

    I'm pretty excited about this one, despite its 4x4 stance which will soon be rectified! I've been wanting a 70-73 Camaro for 35 years and finally inked a trade deal for my most recent '81. I'll have it home next week and then the fun will begin. For now I thought I'd share a few pics. It's a...
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    Period Correct Engine and Car Value

    Looking at purchasing a 72 SS (not yet verified), U code (big block) but the original motor was swapped a long time ago for a 350 unfortunately. Original engine not available at all. I have the chance to also buy a 1972 396 motor that came from a different Camaro from the same seller. I...
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    What Ratio 4-speed?

    Admittedly, this is the lazy approach but I thought I could get a quicker answer rather than trying to apply other previous advice to my particular situation. The more I read on this site, the less I realize I know. I have an 81 Z with a 3.42 rear end and am running a 25.7” rear tire...
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    Thoughts on this rusty 71 RS

    This car is about a 5 hour drive from me and it has been listed in the Local classified for a while now. It keeps tempting me, but then I look at the photos and run away scared ha ha. Taking the information in the ad and the photos at face value does anyone think this may be a worthwhile project...
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    Dropping 200-4R - what to do before reinstall?

    Well, this was not on my winter project list but apparently I'll be dropping the 200-4R in the coming weeks and want to know what I should be checking or doing with it before bolting it back in. This is all due to a speedo driven gear housing that is solidly stuck in the case - should have just...
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    Bent Upper Control Arm?

    I’ve been trying to figure out why my drivers side front wheel sits further back in the wheelwell then the passenger side does. So much so that it rubs the back of the wheel well on left turns. It’s visually quite different side to side. I have been checking my sub frame measurements and they...
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    Lowered 81 with Hotchkis and Custom Performance

    Swapped my rear leafs today for the hotchkis drop leafs, and used the rear shackle kit with delrin bushings from Keith at Custom Works Performance. Already had the front hotchkis drop coils in and also may add a spacer in to bring them up 1/2”. I bought these rims and tires off Kijiji and was...
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    Subframe insert for back drive linkage

    1981 Z28: Anyone know what this is called or where I could find one? Wanting to hook up my back drive linkage (buying kit from Camaro Central) but see that this insert is missing from my subframe. I could reach out to a fairly local fbody wrecker but thought I’d check here first as I’d rather...
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    Newish Canuck Member with a New Car

    Hi all, thought I’d introduce myself officially and provide a few pics of my new ride. I’m Scott and I live in Calgary, Alberta. This is my sixth second gen Camaro, and definitely the cleanest one to date. It’s an 81 with 75k original kilometres and fully loaded. I’m the 3rd owner, the 2nd...
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    Cragar Window Louvers

    *This is sold now* This is my listing so thought I'd post here for more exposure. I may be on drugs with the price (but then again, maybe not) but thought I'd cast a line and see what happens. The louvers are next to new with all hardware. I'll sell to members here for my bid starting price...
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    Issue jacking up engine

    Hi all, I’m replacing my oil pan gasket with the engine in car (1980 Z28 - 350) Read lots of posts on here plus watched some tutorials on YouTube and feel pretty confident about the process. The issue I’m having is that the engine is not lifting up after removing the motor mount bolts. I’m...
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    Speedometer Head Scratcher

    Hey there, brand spankin' new member here! I have a 1980 Z28 with a 4 Speed T10. Recently had a noisy speedo cable (no surprise there) so I disconnected and lubed with graphite spray. After hooking back up it worked for a couple of days, made some awful noises then stopped working entirely...




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