I got my latest issue of Chevy High Performance and what a fantastic surprise to see my El Camino in the Local Heroes section. The sidebar write up was fantastic; "Sensible Shoe," what a great way to describe the El Camino. It is all that and more to me.
Considering the structure and content of your great publication it is obvious why I and so many others look forward to every issue. With the current economic climate being what it is, it is very difficult to relate to the ultra high dollar projects. You guys constantly emphasize that even into today's world there is still much that can be accomplished with a gearhead mentality and some logical planning. With money tight everywhere, keeping the dream alive is more challenging that ever but Chevy High Performance exemplifies that there is more than one way to beat the slump. Thanks again and keep up the great effort.
Harald K. Weldon
I just finished reading your article about plumbing repair in your home and it reminded me of a similar story.
My dad told me a story of how after a weekend of drag racing his then-new '66 Chevelle SS began running very poorly. He changed the points and plugs and the car ran better, but still had a miss under load. His dad (my granddad) kindly recommended that he change the plugs again for good measure. Convinced the plugs were not the problem my dad looked to the wires, carb, then the fuel pump, filter, etc. Two days later my granddad finally offered to buy the plugs if dad would put them in. Reluctantly my dad agreed, knowing that the plugs were not the problem since they were brand new. Sure enough after the new plugs were installed, the car ran like new. Guess its possible get a bad plug every now and then.
Fast forward 43 years, and my old trusted '92 Chevrolet half ton had developed a severe miss. My dad bought the truck new in 1992 and I bought it from him when I graduated college. After nearly 300,000 miles, it's safe to say the truck is somewhat sentimental. First, I changed the plugs, cap, and rotor with a little improvement, but still a miss. Next, I moved to the injectors and wires. No luck there either.
Thinking I might have a broken rocker arm or ring, I decided to do a compression check. Every cylinder checked in around 195 psi! Totally dejected, I called my dad to see if he had any advice. "Change the plugs," he says. I told him they were new, but he insisted I change them. To appease dad, I changed the plugs and voilà! She runs like new. Who would have known that we would have experienced the same problem so many years later! Guess we should listen to these old-timers from time to time. They may not be professionals, but they definitely know a thing or two.
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Black & White
How about three engines, five transmissions, and 30,000 original miles? Yeah, it sounded a little weird to us too. But that's what happens when your life is destined to be the test-training vehicle for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Aside from the unmistakable black & white paint scheme, this Camaro's got a new life to live as an autocross hero as soon as it was purchased at an auction. We stumbled upon this Camaro during the Holley LS Fest. The CHP already outfitted the 'Maro's interior with a fitted rollbar and reproduction CHP decals, and a light bar on its way!
Losing A Friend
Jim Summers 1956 - 2010
Over the years we've gotten to know Jim Summers, the motorsports director for ProCharger, pretty well and it saddens us to say that he passed away after a three-year battle with cancer at 4:15 a.m., Sunday, September 19th. Jim was a vital part of the ProCharger team and very respected in the drag racing community. ProCharger has dedicated a photo tribute page on their website and can be found by heading over to procharger.com/jimsummers.shtml. Our thoughts are with Jim's family, the Procharger team, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.
Gen-5 Camaro Catalog
Traditionally known for its classic GM restoration parts, Classic Industries (classicindustires.com) is expanding its line of inventory to include the most extensive collection of fifth-gen Camaro parts and accessories, including merchandise and apparel. This 60-page color catalog also includes exterior items like ground effects, spoilers, hoods, window louvers, emblems, engine dress-up parts, shift handles, interior trim kits, and floor mats. Performance items offered include exhaust systems, intakes, radiators, superchargers, underdrive pullies, radiators, shift kits, big-brake upgrades, ECU tuners, and performance suspension components. Highlights among the accessories offered are Generation Five Camaro apparel, floor mats, key chains, model cars, plate frames, car covers, and more.
I hate to say it, but if you weren't at the Holley LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, then you really missed out. Touching base with Henry D's Shop Talk, I just wanted to reiterate the Holley LS Fest again. Yes, while the rain put a damper on the event, it was a small hit on the super-explosion of fun and all-out LS mayhem. To be honest, it was just a group of enthusiasts who wanted nothing more than to hammer the throttle. Think of it as a three-day summer camp for grown-ups and their sick street cars. Whether it was on the autocross track, at the lanes, or during the Stop-Start challenge, smiles were abundant and drivers were more than eager to jump in their cars and strut their stuff. All we kept hearing was, "We can't wait for next year." I even caught myself stating the same. Albeit the total number of attendees wasn't all that impressive, but seeing as this was Holley's first year with this event, we can't see anything but a lot of growth in the years to come. Compound that through word of mouth and next year is sure to be a blast.
Everywhere we turned, there were pleasing LS-powered vehicles throughout the event grounds and a manufacturer's midway that allowed participants a firsthand look at new products and a chance to speak with the pros face to face. This event wasn't just for show cars. These cars put their money where their mouth was and left you speechless. These cars performed. Never mind the heat, these built cars were going round after round with no issues; a testament to LS-swap performance. Even late '90's Nissan 240s were tickling the event with full factory-like LS-swaps and six-speeds. One was a full drift car that spent a couple minutes doing nothing but burning tires for the crowd. At one point the driver even got out and sat on his door through the window and drove the car, completing 360s with ease.
This event was no joke. The CHP team tries to hit up as many events as possible. By far, this has been our favorite event to date. We can't wait for next year's event.
We've said it before and they are hard to miss. With LS swaps gaining more and more popularity among all auto enthusiasts across the board, it's only natural to see their inevitable progression into other makes of vehicles. We're talking about the overseas variety, and not the domestic ones. How do you feel about it? Is it the ultimate car voodoo? We'd like to hear your opinion on the subject. Log on to chevyhiperformance.com and let us know how you really feel.