I would like to thank the staff of Chevy High Performance for a great publication. I am a representative (aka club member) of the Illinois Camaro Club (over 200 cars) and I have a '98 metallic gold Z28 with 400 rear wheel horsepower and a '95 V-6 five-speed. For many of us in the club, this will be an awesome project to watch (especially my best friend with a '79 Z28). Please be aware that my suggestions are my own and do not represent my club as a whole. For "the look" on page 42 of the Sept. '08 issue, the silver/black is the way to go, but keep the spoiler that came with the car, please. The orange/black looks too much like Bumblebee. Big brakes and sticky tires are always a good way to go. With the small exception of body repairs, please keep fabrication to a minimum. Many people that wish to mimic parts of your car don't have fabrication tools/experience. I am of the opinion that the more you can do with true bolt-ons, the easier and less expensive the project will be in the long run. As for the motor, an LS powerplant is hard to argue with, but a 383ci is easy to build and install. Give it some great out-of-the-box heads, maybe splurge on an aluminum block and go for 400-plus cubes, and top it off with a Magnuson and one of those new looks-like-a-carb-but-it's-fuel-injected fuel mixers and keep a traditional look under the hood.
If you're not stuck on installing a five-speed, try a paddle shift kit for a four-speed auto with a manual valvebody. You will be able to keep both hands on the wheel during track days. There are so many good bolt-on suspension parts out there that I think you guys can sift through. Whatever you decide to do, it'll be awesome. Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinions.
Well, you just have to put some Candy Apple Red on this car-nothing's faster than a red car. Call it PONYKLR, cause you're gonna stomp those cookie-cutter Mustangs with a 500hp 383ci. I love your mag, so now do I get the jacket? Also, how about more Corvette stuff? Maybe you can thrash on mine a little.
Please resist the trend to put RS bumpers and the short spoiler on the car. And please don't make it a cartoon car like Hot Rod did with their F-Bomb. Look at the way Year One did the Bandit-not too subtle, but not over the top. Personally, I think the car in its present condition looks great.
Make the name simple-my suggestion is F2 for second-gen F-body. If nothing else, just make sure to avoid anything that sounds tacky. Better yet, why not just call it the CHP Test Car?