May 2010 Chevy High Performance Letters - CHP Garage

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Australian Greetings
Thanks to your magazine, it was the inspiration for the car I'm currently building, a 1983 Holden Commodore. For the motor, I've built a 10.8:1-compression 383 that's topped off with a pair of 64cc Victor Jr. heads and a 750-cfm Holley HP series carb. The cam is solid flat-tappet with 0.518/0.536-inch lift and 290/298 duration. Here in Australia, 98 octane fuel is premium and available everywhere. Thanks for reading this.
Jason
Victoria, Australia

B-Body Madness
I noticed in the Shop Talk article in the February 2010 magazine you wanted to know if anyone would want to see B-body builds. Well I can tell you I've been waiting a long time for that, about 12 years. I have an '87 and an '88 Caprice wagon and I love them both. I wouldn't own anything else as a daily driver, in fact the '87 wagon has been taken off the road to become a strip car that is "street legal" (at the right inspection station of course). The '88 I am driving is in amazing condition and it was fully loaded and everything works; even the air conditioning.

The '88 has a ZZ4 with a few mods, a Stage 2 200-4R transmission from BowTie Overdrives, a custom-built driveshaft (blew up the first one), and a 8.5 10-bolt stuffed with a Truetrac with 4.10:1 gears. For rubber, I have P255/70R15s on all four corners.

The '88 is no Corvette but it's by no means a slouch either. Even with a 2,200-stall and the 4.10s at the track, it launches hard at 1,900 rpm. I have always wondered if boxing in the trailing arms or getting tubular ones would stiffen up the ride and either hurt or help the launch. My current best at the dragstrip is 15.3 but that was with a 2.1-sec 60-foot. On that run, I was pulling away from a 14.2-sec Camaro, however when I got to the 1/8-mile the car started to stutter due to a nice hole in the fuel line. Best part is that on the 70-mile ride home at 90 mph I still knocked down 14 mpg.

It also holds a corner better than most people think it can, and the stopping power is unbelievable. I don't really want everyone to know how great these cars are because I thoroughly enjoy spanking those pesky Mustangs with my old, wood-paneled grocery getting tank. But on the other hand, I would really like to see what I can do to improve it or find stuff that I have spent years searching for, like body bushings. Oh yeah, the plan for the '87 wagon is a nice Duramax diesel powerplant, rollcage, tubbed tires, and I'll do whatever it takes to get into the low 10s or high 9s. Thanks for reading my rambles and I hope to see some B-body action soon. Jake Via email

Sounds like you're having fun and that's what it's all about. Thanks for sharing and keep us posted on how your dragstrip terror comes along. That's going to be a sight to see.

Short & Simple
Hey, I am not afraid to burn some rubber in my town and I love my six-speed Imperial Blue 2SS Camaro.
Captain Buck
Via email

Useful Formulas
I've been reading your magazine for years and it's my favorite. I looked at your website today for the first time and wanted to ask; do you have tech type resources available, such as formulas used by racers or hot rodders? I'm looking for various formulas like how much horsepower is required to move X amount of weight down the 1,320 if X gears are used, or how to compute a certain rpm or gear ratio? Do you have a pool of such information that readers can tap into online?

FYI, I'm a 50-year-old man who is a first-time race car builder and trying to make a 2,900-pound '72 Camaro with a 500-horse 355ci small-block, a Muncie four-speed, 10-bolt rear, and 10.5-inch tires to run in the IHRA Hot Rod Eliminator class. I could use all the help/resources available to me.
Ron Obey
Via email

We don't have anything online-for now. However, you've brought up a very relevant topic that we're going to address in an upcoming issue. Keep an eye for it and thanks for the great idea.

Paint & Body
You have been educating and informing the car enthusiast community for some time now. As a longtime supporter, I felt the need to thank you for your unwavering devotion and for all the practical real world information you continue to share. I've personally found your blog especially useful for staying in touch with the topics the public is genuinely interested in. This allows me to better serve them as customers.

I would like to offer my vast knowledge as a resource to you in the area of paint and bodywork. Specifically, inexpensive commercial paint and bodywork services. As a longtime Maaco franchise owner, I paint a tremendous number of cars for all types of people. These people come to me with a host of different cars, needs, and budgets. I know you guys are busy, but I'd like to share information if you need it.
Charles Eric
Via email

We're always up for fresh information and want to thank you for the offer. I have to admit, our annual paint and body issue is coming and we'll have an interesting twist to this one.

Got something to say? We'll make you famous and put your letter here. Email us at chevyhi@sorc.com

New Rockets For Your Ride
Rocket Racing Wheels is introducing three unique styles of wheels for 2010, including the Rocket Launcher, Igniter, and Velocity series. Shown here is the one-piece alloy Rocket Velocity that features a traditional outer lip and split spoke design. For more information, check out Rocket Racing at rocketracingwheels.com.

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Rooster Call
Sean Haggai
By the time most of us have reached adulthood, common sense would have been welded into our brains. Most of us have realized some basic things that never change. These situations remain constant no matter what the outcome. For example, the sun will always rise from the East in the morning and set in the West. We vote for a new president every four years. Light switches turn things on and off. And for the most part, trees remain as stationary objects unless they're cut down. However, in my older brother's case, he must have known all but the latter. In his view of the world and schooling over the years, when trees witness a snowboarder ripping down the mountain they "usually" uproot themselves and side-step clear out of the way. This version of my brother's knowledge-base didn't occur though. He hit that tree. He hit that tree hard. He hit that tree so hard when he became conscious and tried to stand he failed-big time.

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Unbeknownst to me, my older brother was being towed down Mammoth Mountain by a paramedic snowmobile-strapped to a board. The text message from my mother said it all, "Your brother probably broke the femur bone in his leg on the mountain ... they are taking him to the hospital right now." As I called to find out more of the situation, my mother answered the phone extremely upset. Until we knew more, there was nothing we could do but sit and wait. Luckily for us, Mammoth Mountain is only about five to six hours away. Our worst fears were confirmed as his X-ray image showed a clean break.

During a two and half hour surgery, doctors entered through his knee to minimize scaring, tissue and muscle damage in the leg and inserted a titanium rod with pins from his knee to the hip. While I'm biting my lip to lay into him and tease him about becoming some sort of bionic-man with a robot leg, I was relieved to hear that he was OK and was even walking the next day. My friends and I can't wait to visit him while making hydraulic/electronic-servo-like sounds as we all enter imitating Terminator. Yeah, it's safe to say my brother found out the hard way that trees don't move on their own. I wonder if he can crush cars now?

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