It’s Monday afternoon and the old parts from our 1972 Hugger Orange Camaro are piled up in a corner of our tech center. With them out of the way we can finally kick this Super Chevy Week To Wicked Presented by CPP into high gear.
First up was bolting on the new tubular control arms and getting the billet double adjustable coilover shocks in place. With that done the Classic Performance Products (CPP) team could secure the spindles. One great aspect of this kit is that the spindles use C7 Corvette bearing hubs which are much stronger that C6 bearing hubs and given how we plan to drive this Camaro that’s a good thing indeed. Once those parts were installed we could bolt on the new 14.7:1 steering gearbox and add all of the new CPP steering components. Lastly the new high-rate sway bar was lifted into place and secured to the Camaro.
Moving to the back of the Camaro we installed CPP’s inventive narrow-leaf-spring kit. These leaf springs are quite a bit narrower compared to stock and when combined with their shackles the system will allow us to run massive 315/30/18 Falken RT-615K+ rear tires. To keep everything in place the CPP shackles incorporate high-durometer material in the bushings that won’t deflect and have self-lubricating properties. To gain even more room we used CPP’s new shock relocation kit. In addition to eliminating the 2nd-gen’s staggered shock arrangement it also moves the shocks inboard, to the inside of the frame rails. This helps accommodate the wide Falken RT-615K+ rubber. Another new product being used on this project are the CPP traction bars. These help stop wheel hop and better control the leaf springs, resulting in better launches and overall performance. Lastly the rear system incorporated CPP’s adjustable rear sway bar kit.
In terms of brakes the system included CPP’s big brake kit which uses a four-wheel-disc setup with slotted, drilled, and zinc washed rotors. We didn’t get to it today but the power assist will be provided by their HydroStop hydraulic assist kit.
Considering the delays we had on our morning “before” drive, we feel pretty good with the progress we made on our first full day of work on the Camaro. Tomorrow we will tackle plumbing the fuel system and, with the help of the Holley LS transplant kit, getting the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center (SDPC) Chevrolet Performance LS376 515 crate engine installed along with the Performance Automatic 4L75e overdrive transmission. And, if things are going well we can start installing the new Holley Terminator Stealth EFI system. Hey, it would be nice to get a bit ahead of the game for the inevitable glitch that’s sure to pop up eventually.
If you’re behind on the project then be sure to click on some of the prior stories below to get caught up and follow along as we try to turn a weak Camaro into something far wickeder in one very short week.
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