Popular Hot Rodding 1979 Z/28 performance test

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  1. Glava

    Glava Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I bought my 79 Z/28 in 79 and it was as hot as I could get at the time. Like most of us, I always read every magazine article I could find on my car -right?
    And the best best thing was when we found performance articles had our car doing better than everyone thought it could.
    So, out of all of the magazines that I saved from 1979, the one that I valued the most was the Popular Hot Rodding Magazine story that had in print that "The 79 Z has style and 14-second performance to match".
    Of course they go into detail that the actual best that they got "showroom stock" was 15.1 seconds (Note: Initial timing was advanced 6 degrees) They removed the air cleaner top and put on drag slicks, resulting in a 14.76 1/4.
    Two questions;
    1) They had a 350, 4 speed, 3.73 posi equipped Z -no t tops, but AC and power windows/ locks, which add some weight, but they indicated OCIR weighed it in at 3417lbs. Are these times possible???
    2) I have the same drive line, no T-tops, no AC, no power windows etc. If they did actually get these times, do you think I could duplicate it without the drag radials, but maybe do some research and have the distributor timing & curve set-up and the Q-jet dialed in?
    After having my Z/28 for 40 years, I'd just like to do try this for the nostalgia -any other recommendations or is the story Z28 Frontangle2019.jpg IMG_0464.JPG z28 interior.jpg BS?
     
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    My first new car was a '79 Z28 which I ordered in Mt Kisco NY. Dark Carmine red metallic, black vinyl interior, radio delete, posi 3.73, 4 speed. No options. In stock form I didn't think it could pull a fat wh-re off a petestal. At 7k miles I removed the engine and built it to the 350/350 specs but at 10 to1 compression. Even in that state of tune, on the factory Goodyear radials I doubt it would break into the 13's though I never tried. I already had a mid 11 second 350 SBC '69 Camaro I "drove" on the street and raced on the track. The '79 was for commuting, college and just general getting around.
     
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    My 1st new car I ordered was a 1977 Z28 4 speed with a/c, then I ordered a 78 and 80. Wish I kept the 77 and 78.
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    Yep, those old magazines didn't stay in business bad mouthing the new cars, no matter how pathetic they were. That test car was probably factory built for the media guys, hard to tell what was under that hood.
     
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    Basic low compression crate 350, A/C, shorty headers, dual exhaust (no cat), 2004R trans and 3.42 rear... The only thing lighter than stock is the radiator and intake, add subframe connectors, an amp, sub in the trunk and it probably weighs within a few pounds of what a factory Z28 weighs.

    I took the full size spare out of the trunk and made a few 1/8 mile passes.
    It ran 10.5 in the 1/8th. That would be about 16.3 in the 1/4.
     
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    When I think about it, the 2nd gen Camaro was one of the very few cars that still looked good with all the government crash protection equipment added to the original design. Might be blasphemous to say they maybe looked even better, at least the Z28s?
     
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    You know that you can make it look stock .But do some mods that small blocks love .
     
  9. Glava

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    Ok, getting back to what I wanted to find out:
    Two questions;
    1) They had a 350, 4 speed, 3.73 posi equipped Z -no t tops, but AC and power windows/ locks, which add some weight, but they indicated OCIR weighed it in at 3417lbs.
    2) I have the same drive line, no T-tops, no AC, no power windows etc. Do you think I could duplicate 15.1 seconds without drag radials and 14.76 with drag radials, but doing some research having the distributor timing & curve set-up and the Q-jet dialed in?


    So, I'm not looking to add anything to the motor or change the motor -but wondered if it may be possible to play with the distributor and carb, tire pressures, flipping the air filter lid etc. to get my 79 to run in the VERY upper 14 second 1/4 mile range.
    My Z/28 registration shows it at 3561lbs, I have the Borg Warner T-10 close ratio and a 3.73 Posi -plus 175HP LOL.
     
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    I don't believe upper 14's are possible with the car remaining completely stock. I ran my completely stock 1980 Z28 350 w/ TH350 back in about 1984 at the track and it went 16.10 can't recall the mph.
     

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