It seems my December '09 editorial has generated quite the number of emails recently. This is definitely a great thing and I'm glad to see so many are getting into the modern era muscle car. After all, we all have one thing in common-we want to see the Camaro stick around for years to come.
Get Real H
I received my new, black 2SS six-speed back in June and the car gets faster and a little noisier as I break it in-so after spending over 45K Canadian, I am NOT gonna start spending more money to make it "faster." It's just my opinion but Chevy nailed the car out of the gate and she flies and sounds great. If I put a supercharger on her, I believe GM will void my warranty!
So here is the deal, Henry, these cars cost big bucks and have stringent warranties now, so underdrive pulleys and cold-air intakes might be OK, but go much deeper than exhaust and the small stuff and there goes that great warranty coverage. That is why I ain't screwing with a pretty amazing package out of the box! Cheers.
Bring On The Mods!
Read your article and I hear you loud and clear. I've had my ride since July and it's still bone stock. It's got the LS3 and I've been looking at exhausts and CAIs but just haven't done anything to the car yet. I admit that I'm used to old style small-blocks (sold my Chevelle to buy this) so working on this is just a little intimidating for me. I'm on the Camaro5 website pretty much but would like to see more stuff in the magazines about the products available for this car. Especially some type of comparison shootouts, etc. Anyway, I love the magazine so see what you can do for us. My dream would be to drop an LS7 under the hood like the concept GM had at the Carlisle GM Nats this past spring!
Bring On The Mods! 2
I am a longtime CHP subscriber and an avid Chevrolet nut. My toy is a 1968 Camaro RS with the original 327 (built pretty healthy 11:1, 64cc aluminum heads, 0.507/0.507 lift 0.244/0.244 duration, etc.) and a TCI Streetfighter TH350 with a Hughes 3,200-stall converter. But, this email isn't about me, it's about some of the members of my car club, the Northern Kentucky F Body Association (www.nkyfba.com).
We have several members with 2010 Camaros, and one of our members, Craig Newport, owns a local speed shop here in Cincinnati, Ohio: Cincy Speed. In the past few weeks the guys at Cincy Speed have been modding several new Camaros with many modifications, including a cam swap, cold-air intake, and a complete exhaust with long-tubes to x-pipe which already dyno'd 469 hp and 442 lb-ft to the wheels. Give him a call and let him know I sent you-I'm sure he'll be more than happy to send you pictures with their incredible results.
More On LS Decoded
Just a quick note to say thanks for the very well done December issue with the excellent story on the GM crate engines. I think this is the most comprehensive article I have seen providing all of the pertinent information pertaining to this new technology. This issue is definitely a keeper thanks to the well-documented information you guys provided. It even made me start thinking if I too should change out my old school 383 stroker with World Products Sportsman II heads and a host of Edelbrock speed parts for a late-model crate engine in my '65 Chevelle. I have upgraded my Chevelle with a Tremec five-speed and really enjoy the fun that the stick with overdrive brings to my driving experience. While I understand the power and torque that these new engines are able to generate there is nothing like firing up my Chevelle in the garage and having the entire house rattle. The new engines do not seem to have that wonderful sound that the older high-performance engines have. So I think I am going to stay with my old school small-block. Thanks again for the well-documented article, it was clearly insightful and thought provoking.
I'm glad to hear you enjoyed our LS Decoded feature and now that we've run the story, we'll be sure to keep our data up to date with any additional LS family members. Without a doubt, the Gen III and IV engines have really come alive into the muscle car scene and if you think you're going to miss that old school rumble, then you may want to check out Comp Cams latest line of Thumpr cams that are specifically built for the modern-day powerplant.
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Ground Up is on the Move
Ground Up is relocating from their current 16,000-square-foot warehouse to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Naugatuck, Connecticut, on January 1st, 2010. This 40,000-square-foot distribution center will also feature a 2,000-square-foot showroom with cars from Ground Up's own personal collection and a modern parts pickup counter!
This moves means they'll be able to add more in-stock items to their inventory, improve their logistics in order to ship orders even more quickly, and to expand their sales and technical departments to continue to provide excellent value through top-quality parts and excellent customer service.
If you're in the area, be sure to check out their open house from January 22-23, featuring vendor demonstrations and displays. You can also log onto their website at www.ss396.com for complete details and latest news.
Full Yella Jacket
D&P Classics of Huntington Beach, California have built another stunning muscle-ride. This time it's in support of our military forces serving throughout the world for freedom. The '71 Chevelle features a 355 cubic inch NASCAR Donovan small-block, Tremec six-speed transmission, tubular suspension components, Baer brakes, U.S. wheels, and BFG KDW tires. It even includes a heads-up display, side view cameras, air conditioning, and HID lighting.
Sema Scholarship Camaro
SEMA, Chevrolet, eBay, and Hurst Performance Vehicles teamed up to auction a pre-production 2010 Hurst Camaro at the SEMA Show. Serial #3, the first Hurst/Camaro offered to the public, was won by Ernest Feist for a winning bid of $61,900 and joins a 1979 Trans-Am in his automotive stable.
Featuring choice items, including Hurst/MagnaFlow exhaust, Hurst/Eibach suspension, T-2 20-inch forged wheels, a Billet/Plus short throw shifter and a red-anodized HARD-DRIVE billet pistol-grip shift handle, the Camaro puts down 445 hp from its V-8 mill.
Signatures from luminaries such as Doc Watson, Linda Vaughn, and Hurst executives, and a personalized "SEMA Special" interior identification badge attest to the rarity of this special vehicle.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, a program that fosters industry leadership by supporting the education of students pursuing careers in the automotive aftermarket.
On The Big Screen
Sifting through internet forums and sites like elcaminocentral.com, we usually come across pretty interesting threads. Take the website link listed below as an example, which was posted by forum member: mondo05. This link will take you directly to an internet database which holds every movie and television program El Caminos and other great muscle cars have been in. Check it out to see if your cars made the big screen. http://tinyurl.com/elcaminomovies
So I got to thinking again. Yes, with me that may be a bit dangerous since it's not something I do very often. But, this morning during the religious "coffee-talk" with Henry D, we reflected on how time really does fly by. Fortunately though, we still remain upbeat and ready to pounce on our strict edit scheduling. We have just returned from our Thanksgiving holiday break refreshed and are back to the grind, again. We've got things to look forward to also. With three main project cars in the stable and one very slick '02 Z06 as a possible fourth, we've got a lot to handle.
The '66 El Camino started as a roller, however once we got into the body, we learned it was a little wasted. Rubio's Auto Body took over that one and produced razor-straight panels with a chocolaty finish. The front and rear suspension along with the steering system have all been rebuilt using PST's infamous bushings and suspension components. Our budget big-block is also currently between the framerails and backed by a Monster TH400 transmission. We're just waiting on the Denny's driveshaft, which will be completed at Fab-tech, and the car will soon be hitting the track for preliminary testing. We're still a little torn on what direction to take Brutus; full drag-duty, or street and strip?
The'72 Nova is ramping up for some special parts too in the form of a new transmission from Gear Star to aide in highway cruising and dragstrip punishment. We have yet to get this thing to the strip, but once we do, a cylinder head swap and blower-specific cam may also be in store.
Henry D's second-gen Camaro (F73) has yet to be driven with its completely new Detroit Speed front and rear subframe with Rushforth wheels, and it's taking on the whole jet-fighter stance with ease. We can't wait to get our grubby hands all over it and see how it rips through the cones. Finally, the '02 Z06; as reluctant as Henry was, he did hand me the keys one day to his new pride and joy. My jaw dropped and the car is everything it's cracked up to be. You'll just have to wait and see what we have for this one.
Either way, if you've got some ideas on which direction you would like to see our builds go, then drop us a note.
On The Bumper
At the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada, Al Jiminez managed to ride out a Second gear shift on the bumper. After a transmission upgrade, new headers by Fab-tech, a few ignition tweaks, and a more aggressive tune at the line, the team got the car to run. "I couldn't even tell if I was still going straight and let off," said Jimenez. Damage included a broken trans pan, broken shocks. and a banged-up engine oil pan. Working all night and into the second round the following day, they lined up against John Urist. Unfortunately, this round wasn't meant to be as Jimenez's 7.502 wasn't enough for the 7.39 set by Urist.