Better looking?

Discussion in 'Camaro Questions' started by Scott Sievers, Apr 10, 2020.

Who likes the early second gens more than the late second gen Camaros?

  1. Early Second gen ALL THE WAY!

    79.2%
  2. Late second gen RULES

    20.8%
  1. mallard

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    When the second gens first came out I was in love with them immediately and when I was "between wives" I decided I was going to find a decent 70-73. I started looking periodically back around 1983 but when I found a particularly nice '74 I couldn't turn it down. The looks of the '74 has grown on me although yeah, the 70-73 are probably still the nicest looking.
     
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    When they came out I had a 69 RS/Z. The 69 was "IT" for me. Thought the 70 looked like a Tylenol. First thought when I saw one was; "What have they done to my car??!" It was quite the departure from my 69. Then I drove one. It did everything better than my car. (yes, it was even faster) That's when I knew I had to have one. Still think it's one of the best looking cars on the road. Timeless.
     
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    Could that be really to the age of the car? The suspension design on both the 71 and 79 are the same...
     
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    The combination of the 79 larger sway bars and radial tires is probably most of it -the 79 just felt more planted.
     
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    I know the WS6 TA got special parts and some variations between F41 and Z28...but werent the sway bars comparably the same? 1" 1-1/4"?
     
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    A 71 would have had a 15/16" front bar and no rear sway bar unless it had F41. In that case, it got a 1" front bar and 9/16" rear one except Z28 got a 11/16" rear.

    In 79, the non F41 was similar to '71, but the Z28 had a 1 1/4" front nd a 5/8" rear bar. A '79 Z28 was a better cornering car than the '71 Z28.
     
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    The later cars were quite a bit heavier, marginally better build quality but the big difference was from 60 series bias ply to 70 series radials. All make the car feel more solid and planted.
     
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    The weight did go up in later years with more AC cars, with T tops power windows and all -mine has none of those and comes in at 3561 lbs which is not too bad. My 79 Z/28 was a June build and they definitely had less build quality than my 71 SS 350 had. It has huge misaligned door gaps, poor panel alignment and the paint is very thin as you get lower on the body, with it almost totally missing on the bottom edge of the rear bumper. It also has a dimple dent from the inside of the PS rear quarter panel. I had a 75 Trans-Am between the 71 and 79 and that's about how I'd position the handling.
     
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    FWIW, I knew a guy that owned a '70 z28 and later a '73 z28. This would be back when they were quite new cars. He claimed that while the '70 would have "sucked the headlights" out of the '73 the '73 was better handling. Not having had the honour of driving either, I can't comment on whether that's simply a perception or if there was any suspension difference in just 3 model years.
     
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    Having owned more second generation Camaros than I care to admit, I can agree that a '70 Z/28 would "suck the headlights" from a '73. That said, the '73 would suck the headlights from a 'rubber bumper' Z/28. But, the later Z/28s handled better. Put better suspension under an early car, or more engine in a later car......
     
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