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1972 Chevy Camaro Z28 - Classic Performance Products

This second-gen F-body shows you don’t have to break the bank for superb handling

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On the Street
This car was a little stiffer on the street than the rest of our entries. While the suspension was tight and responsive, you definitely felt more from the road than some of our other entries. The steering was superb, with great feel, control, and responsiveness. CPP's 500-series steering box was obviously designed well, and I'd recommend it to anyone with a second-gen Camaro, even if you're not performing other suspension mods.

Maneuvering through traffic the Camaro was nimble and true. While the CPP master cylinder required a little more pedal effort than its competition, it still felt good and wasn't an issue. Bumps, ruts, and potholes didn't faze the car, the CPP-spec'd Bilstein shocks keeping everything nice and stable while cushioning most road irregularities from the cockpit. Even on a rough railroad crossing the suspension held true along with the steering. The Summit racing seats were a little stiff for long-distance cruising, but on short drives would be just fine.

CPP's got a good history of making great parts that won't break the bank, and this was a good demonstrator. Total cost of everything bolted (note that term, bolted) to the factory subframe was well under $3,000 (sans brakes) and the handling prowess gained far outweighed the cost. The agility this Camaro had was superb, and made for a fun driving experience.

Specs
Car: 1972 Camaro
Color: Red
Owner: Greg Barkley
Engine
Type: Gen 1 small-block
Block: '70 four-bolt iron opened up to a 383 by Speed-O-Motive
Fuel Delivery:870 CFM Holley carb and Holley Blue electric pump
Drivetrain
Transmission: TCI 700-R4
Converter: TCI with 2,500 stall
Rear End: Factory 12-bolt with 3:73 gears and Eaton Posi
Chassis/ Front Suspension
Chassis: Stock GM with Chris Alston Chassisworks subframe connectors
Front Suspension: CPP tubular control arms
Steering: CPP 500 series box 14:1 ratio
Springs: CPP 1.5-inch drop
Spindles: CPP 2-inch drop
Shocks: Bilstein with CPP spec'd valving
Sway Bar: CPP 1-1/4-inch
Brakes: Baer six-piston calipers with 13-inch rotors
Rear Suspension:
Springs: 2-inch wide Detroit Eaton with a 2-inch drop 126 pounds per spring
Shocks: Bilstein with CPP spec'd valving
Sway Bar: CPP 1-inch
Brakes: Baer six-piston calipers with 13-inch rotors
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: Weld RTS, Front-18x9.5 Rear-18x11
Tires: Nitto NT05, Front-275/35R18 Rear-295/35R18
Cost of Suspension:
$2,155 (total without brakes)
Weight
Total: 3,466 pounds
LF: 959 | LR: 783
RF: 961 | RR: 762
Percentage
F: 55.4
R: 44.6
Results
Skid Pad: CW 0.91g, CCW 0.88g; Average 0.89g
Slalom: Best 47.7 mph; Average of 5 runs 47.7mph
Autocross: Best 50.85; Average of 5 runs 51.64
Baseline 1
2013 Corvette Grand Sport
Skid Pad: CW 0.98g, CCW 0.99g, Average 0.99g
Slalom: Best 48.5 mph; Average of five runs 46.9 mph
Autocross: Best 51.10; Average of five runs 51.58
Baseline 2
1972 Chevelle SS 396
Skid Pad: CW 0.69g, CCW 0.76g, Average 0.74g
Slalom: Best 38.7 mph; Average of three runs, 38.2 mph
Autocross: Best 1.03.87; Average of three runs 1.08.64

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