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2009 Camaro - CHP Garage


John Nelson Mar 1, 2008

Saturday Night Special
What was the part number for the cam in Jan. '07's "Saturday Night Special" bigblock? I'm building a motor just like it!
Richard Donahue
Via e-mail

You got us; we definitely floundered on this one by leaving out the part number (Comp Cams 11-852-9). Oddly, it figures it would happen on a combination that's been getting quite a bit of attention.

Back Issues
I would like to purchase some back issues. Is it possible for me to receive these?
Dan Underwood Jr.
Shelton, WA

Lately, we're getting a lot of inquires regarding back issues, so we'll put this question out there for everyone. your best bet is to try; however, if they don't offer it, e-mail us again and we'll do our best to get a copy of the article to you.

Carbs & Altitude
Great mag. I've been reading it for years. I live in Colorado, where altitude plays a lot in attitude. What about an engine build specifically for our area? Living at 6k feet makes it a challenge to build motors and a chore to tune. I'd love to see dos and don'ts about carburetors and cams.
Ron Sims
Peyton, CO

I remember kevin discussing this topic in Performance Q&A a while back, but it's certainly worth revisiting.

Rated Pg-13
I'm thinking of purchasing this magazine for my 13-year-old son, but I would like to know if there are any inappropriate pictures here that I would not approve of him having, such as half-dressed women. I would appreciate your comments.
Taneyville, MO

Rest assured that we don't showcase "half-dressed women" here. will say that we did have a model in a car feature in the July '06 issue, but it was so tame that I don't even think anyone noticed her.

S-10 Coverage
I've been a subscriber for several years and really enjoy reading CHP. A lot of the info has helped me quite a bit, but I know I can't be the only person to ask for articles on small-block motors with automatics being installed into 2Wd S-10 pickups.
Stanley Wilcher
Mt. Washington, ky

Funny you should bring this up.was recently checking up on a 434ci-packing S-10 that could really lay down the numbers at the dragstrip. While people have been doing this for a while, it's something we need to follow up with. If any of you S-10 owners are reading this, send us pictures of what you have, and don't forget to give up the details.

LT1 Hunting
recently saw your tips on LT1s in the Jan. '08 issue. And while I liked the tips you offered for both the seasoned and new owners, you forgot to mention that the rearend gears in an automatic came with a choice of 2.73s or 3.23s and that the six-speeds were the only ones to get 3.42s.The codes were Gu2 (2.73s) and Gu5 (with 3.23s), and I believe the code for the 3.42s was Gu8 and they can be found either in the door or in the glovebox. Also, for those who don't mind losing maybe 1-2 mpg, a good torque converter will drop as much as 0.6 second off their quarter-mile times.

I have a '97 Trans Am WS6, and with only bolt-ons (stock heads, cam, and bottom end) and minor suspension work, I run 12.98 at 103.03 with a 1.71 60-foot. keep up the LT1 edit, as I like some of the info you guys put in there. James Fuller diamond, MO

Thanks for the additional info, and yep, we'll be introducing more pieces on LT1s for sure.

Over- Heard
What would be a good starter for a noobie?

Anyone seen a '68-70 4-cylinder Nova? I don't know why I'm so obsessed with this, but I can't even find a picture of one in a car.

Is there anywhere in the Internet that would have a listing of GM parts and their numbers, like bolts, brackets, door switches, and a few dozen others, or am I just dreaming?

I love Pro Touring- style cars. But I've been thinking about making some changes to the Nova to make it a straight-line performer.

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Over Steer
This month's dyno thrash article got me thinking that someone could create a whole new magazine devoted solely to the art, science, and sometimes sheer agony of installing aftermarket performance parts. Combat Mechanics, maybe, or Guerilla Installation Tactics Monthly are just a couple of possible titles that jump out at me, though the latter almost certainly has too many words in it-magazine titles need to be crisp, getting straight to the point.

Before you get the wrong idea, I'm not in any way suggesting that any of the parts in the above-mentioned article is lacking in quality. The truth is quite the opposite, actually. In my experience, the quality of performance parts is better than ever, designs are constantly being improved upon, and the number of applications increases almost daily. As far as the parts themselves, it's never been easier to bolt on more horsepower.

On the other hand, that doesn't mean it's always easy to bolt that horsepower on. It probably sounds like I'm contradicting myself-not an entirely unusual occurrence-but I'm actually trying to differentiate between the parts themselves and the act of installing said parts. Ever order the wrong part, and not find out that it's wrong until you're attempting to bolt the thing up- or worse yet, discover it doesn't work after you've already got it bolted on? No? Ok, I'm the only one... Go figure.

It's also one thing to bolt parts onto a bare-bones engine that's devoid of trimmings, emissions, and other factoryinstalled niceties...and quite another to add a piece to the mix and keep all the extras functioning as well. We're mostly thinking of vacuum lines here. According to the dictionary, vacuum is "a space from which all air or gas has been extracted." Synonyms include "emptiness" and "nothingness." All I can say is that we spent a helluva lot of time making sure the multiple lines carrying this something defined as nothing were properly hooked up, and my Auto Zone Rewards points balance has increased notably.

The devil's in the details, the saying goes, and this is often the case with bolt-ons. Sometimes the struggle to get everything properly plugged in seems like a war, but when the spoils are more horsepower, then we, like you, keep coming back for more.

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Rooster Call
Has it been that long already? Six months seem to have flown by in the blink of an eye-it feels like last week I got hired here at CHP. A lot has happened in these short months, and I have a ton of respect for the team involved in making this magazine function month after month.

I hit this job running and received its crash course without a helmet. I've already got one testdrive event, SEMA, and PRI under my belt. And with the project El Camino, I've got my hands full. Along the way, I have skinned my knee a couple of times and stubbed my toe more times than I can count. I fully admit to being a rookie, the FNG if you will, still wet behind the ears. I'm fresh meat on deck and definetly no hot shot. I've got a lot to learn.

Heck, I wanted to work for a racemachine shop, join a race team, and tour the country; I never expected to be here. If it weren't for the guidance, help, and patience of this staff... well, I'm not going to get all soft on you, but let's just say never have I experienced a work environment where teamwork was a staple and practically a job requirement. A lending hand is literally only an office door away. I sincerely appreciate every bit of criticism and opinion in everything I try and accomplish here, even if it's about what color my shoes are. I accept commentary in every form because every sliver helps. And I rely on it later, ultimately producing higherquality stories and generating a better magazine for you.

You may not realize it-I certainly didn't-but I can confidently call these people friends as well as colleagues. It's rare to find an open-door policy, where you can actually sit with the "big guy" and throw around ideas for various projects. Quite frankly, to do it with such freedom is an awesome experience not shared by many. And if it weren't for them catching me every time I fell, this magazine wouldn't be what it is. They have an unbelievable amount of patience and have been providing me with guidance, which helps keep me on track. I can be certain this ain't a one-man show-it takes teamwork and the compilation of effort from many. Cheers!

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San Ramon, California's RJ Barranti is only 16 and he's already got a jump on the high-performance side of things. RJ's '79 Chevy Cheyenne (aka Black Sunshine) is a perfect foundation for adding go-fast goodies. Currently his 350ci small-block is bone stock, as is the factory Midnight Black paint. His plans include an Edelbrock intake and carburetor to aid the Flowmaster exhaust he's already installed. He loves driving his Big 10 Cheyenne to school and says it's a blast.

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GM Drops Its Top
GM was in full force during the '07 L.A. Auto Show and made sure to showcase its full line, from compacts to musclecars and trucks. With the '09 Camaro right around the corner, and to help quench the thirst of all Camaro lovers, Chevy teased the crowd with a ragtop. That's right; if you weren't already aware of it, The General will be offering a convertible as well. --SH

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More Cars for Jay
Another catch at the L.A. Auto Show was a special-edition Corvette built for Jay Leno. Dubbed C6RS, it runs on E85 and puts out an easy 600 hp and 585 lb-ft, thanks to a 500ci LS mill from Katech Engine Building & Development. --SH

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Who among us hasn't dreamed about sitting behind the wheel of a '67 Corvette, especially a 435hp Tri-Power big-block car? The real thing is out of reach for most of us mere mortals, but with GMP's new 1:6 dashboard replica, anyone can get the feel of that legendary cockpit. The detail in this piece is beyond meticulous: Every switch and lever works, including the radio dials; the steering wheel turns; the glovebox and ashtray open; it comes with a real set of ignition keys; and it even has an owner's manual. Load it up with three AAA batteries and the dash lights come to life. And if you need your mini-dash to be useful as well as cool, it also comes with a business card holder. Check it out in either black or red by calling 800.536.1637 or visiting --JN

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Prestone Turns 80
We may take antifreeze for grant-ed these days, but when Prestone hit the market in 1927, there were 20 million cars on the road (as opposed to today's 217 million), and the ability to keep a car's cooling system from freezing in cold weather wasn't a sure thing. Back then, Prestone consisted of pure ethylene glycol in cans, with published charts showing the protection afforded by specific quantities. The concoction wouldn't boil away or burn and was relatively odorless, unlike some of the other antifreezing agents of the day: honey, sugar, molasses, and methyl alcohol. The formula has changed over the last 80 years, but Prestone is still producing a variety of antifreeze/coolants, as well a wide range of cooling system flush and cleaner products. For more information on the brand's 80th anniversary and Prestone products, visit

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Baby Buckets
Known as one of the leaders in high-performance and racing seat technology, Recaro also has you covered when you're doing kid transportation duty with its five new child safety seats, which the company says incorporate years of proven engineering and design to protect your children. The latest seats include the Como and Signo (shown), designed for children up to 8 years old weighing 5-70 pounds. Both feature Side Impact Protection, adjustable headrests, innovative latch-bar systems, a racing-inspired five-point harness system, and a comfortable ergonomic shape for an improved upright position for your youngster. Seats for children up to 12 years old and a new line for infants are also available. Visit for more info. CHP



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