Be prepared, C-Prepared Autocross (1981 Camaro)

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  1. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Some of you might remember me, some of you have forgotten me, most of you have probably never met me, but I've been here for a while.

    I'm taking my former college ride/daily driver, and building it for SCCA autocross competition in C-Prepared.

    A little history first. I bought the car back in 2000. Then it was a well option V6 car. Slower than dirt, but it had cool t-tops. I drove it like this for a while, making minor improvements. Eventually, I build a Vortec headed 350 for it and had some fun running around in it. After a few failed emissions tests it got parked and I kinda forgot about it. I started autocrossing (then my daily driver) and always wished I had a faster car to make a project out of. A good friend of mine then reminded me of that Camaro in my garage...

    Here is a quick list of what I have and what is to come:

    1981 Camaro, stripped down to bare shell
    14pt S&W cage
    16x14 and 16x12 wheels (14" wide rear radial slick, 12" wide front)
    Kirkey Seats
    Home-made subframe connectors
    Fiberglass front clip, flares, hood, doors, and decklid
    Lexan front and rear glass (no side glass)
    SPC upper control arms
    Howe lower control arms
    Custom 3-Link rear suspension
    Koni coilovers
    Ford 9" Rear (upper 4.86 gears)
    Custom front and rear (blade) sway bars
    377ci SBC
    Jerico WC4 4-speed

    Plus probably a few other things I'm forgetting...


    Back when I brought her home for the first time...
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    Then Pat and I put a new motor in...
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    Then Pat made some subframe connectors...
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    I dyno'd the motor...
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  2. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Made some other changes...
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    Then I ripped the perfectly good motor out, and started the teardown...
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    Funny thing about this photo ^^^ The Camaro is mine, the Hyundai in the lower right is my first autocross car, and later on I sold the Hyundai and bought the SRT-4 in the driveway next door.
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    Playing with tire mockup...
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    Guess I'll need something to cover those....
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    Just some more work (a-pillar bars are getting cut out and custom ones will be bent)...
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    And just today, the car came back from blasting and priming...
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    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    And how could I resist throwing on some shiny bits...
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    What will it look like when I'm done?
    Hopefully like this photoshop...
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    Thanks for looking! I'll have more pics as progress continues.
     
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    I'll be watching this build!
     
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    wondered where you went posts posts then gone.
     
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    Awesome progress, man, can't wait to see those meats sucked up under there :D

    What brand are those LCA's? They look nice.
     
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    Well, that looks really sweet.
     
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    Sounds like a fun build! Very interesting.
    So, are you planning on eliminating the T-tops? I noticed in you photochop, you them out.
     
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    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    They are from Howe racing.

    It's important to say - this stuff is "race stuff" and not for a street car. My car will see zero street miles, but you may be different.
     
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