I picked up a really well built 1971 Camaro last week and I'm excited to start the build to bring it closer to my vision.
The theme of the car is going to be vintage looks, modern suspension, brakes, transmission and vintage hot rod SBC motor with good street and track manners. The car is going to be mainly a street car, but as a former long time autoxer turned HPDE junkie turned NASA race series participant in CMC, the car has to handle well and be at least capable of the occasional autox or tame track day session.
I've been hot rodding cars for 35+ years, and built a few from ground up including a road race 1991 Corvette. F-body wise this is my 6th one.
Had a '89 Iroc 5.0/5-speed that ended up with a super-ram solid roller 355 and TKO
Race car 83 for CMC class
68 show car with 383
69 Pro-touring build with EFI LT1, TH700R4, Front subframe chassis w/ R&P, C5 components
2016 Convertible SS T56 - currently own
I am debating if I will keep the 2016 long term - my plan would be to drive this one about as often as I drive that one, which for the past 2 years has been 5K miles a year. We'll see how I do once I get through the initial phase of my build plans.
71 currently has a 406 that makes 500hp/500tq and a manual TH350 with 3200 stall. Hotchkis suspension. 4wheel disc. 10 bolt with Eaton posi and Moser axles.
Initial focus is T56 Magnum install plus some odds and ends like power steering, power brakes, and some slight tweaks to the motor and exhaust.
Next phase will focus on the suspension - looking at the DSI quadralink and add coil overs and tubular A-arms to the front
Final phase is a bit fuzzy - potentially additional power, upgrade wheels, convert to EFI, track oriented mods like baffled fuel tank - depends how the car is working and where I want to use it at that point.
It was featured in CHP in April 2010 with the story title Old Soul, so I figure keep that name for this build thread.
A few initial pics below. Updates should start this weekend with the exhaust system - I will post as that progresses.
Currently has a cobbled up mostly 2.5" system with 2.25" collector reducers and 2.25" flowmaster 40 series muffles which are very loud.