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May 2011 Chevy High Performance News - CHP Garage


Mar 31, 2011
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Old School Going New

I was just reading your March issue of CHP. I have really enjoyed all the LS articles, and your editorial in that issue really struck me well. I am an old-school SBC and BBC guy. At the time, I knew them like the back of my hand and when I built my first car, a ’69 Pro Street Nova in 1984. It was saying a lot to have a 400hp normally aspirated SBC for power. Since then, I have been out of the car scene for a long time and recently started to plan my next project, a ’66 Nova. I have been increasingly interested in the LS engines for reasons you talked about in your editorial.

I know your time is valuable, but I was wondering if you could shed a little light on where and how I can find out the differences between all of the LS engines and in what vehicles they can be found? Also I really, really enjoyed your 700-R4 article, and now have found my transmission choice. Thank you for your time!
Delafield, WI

I’m glad to see another LS fan coming into the market! To help you get better acquainted with the LS engines, I’d suggest logging onto our site at and look up LS Motors Decoded. We take a closer look at the LS mills and go into greater detail of every Gen III/IV small-block that was available from the factory.

LS Era

I just finished reading your September article and I’m in total agreement with you; I found your articlewhile searching to learn more about Pro Touring. I’m 49 years old and live near the Mission racetrack in Vancouver, British Columbia. As a kid I ran the quarter-mile there andSeattle when Buck Kenney was racing. I own a couple of rare muscle cars but last year I helped my boy build a ’73 Nova and the bug bit me again. Now I don’t know if it’s age or a quest for greater knowledge of suspension and brakes, but I’m hooked. How hooked?I’m typing with one finger to let you know that I’m in full support of this new era.
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PQA Results

Thanks for publishing my letter.Hopefully it will help others.The mag just hit my mailbox, and as I said, your article is the first I read.

Since writing it I talked to my local shop, PMS, in Greenville, Illinois.Jim gave me some advice on the air bleeds and they are pretty close now.I also cornered QFT at IMIS-Indy and drug out of them some general tuning tips on the Emulsion Holes.My son and I recently installed a used chassis dyno with an eddy current brake.Now it is time for some fine-tuning. Keep up the good work.
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Is It Back?

For a while now, GM has been toying with the idea of reviving the El Camino back into production. A year ago, GM considered unveiling the new version of the El Camino branded as a Pontiac. However, that idea was killed but there are rumors lingering that GM will bring back the Elco again as a Chevy and would most likely use the Zeta platform, because it’s designed for rear-wheel drive. If it gets a green light, we might possibly see this version as a ’14-15 model.

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2011 NMCA Schedule Released

The NMCA Flowmaster Muscle Car Nationals is pleased to announce its 2011 series event schedule. This year’s schedule includes familiar favorites as well as some all-new events that will bring the best in muscle car drag racing to select regions.

March 18-20

9th Annual Ross Racing Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Bradenton Motorsports Park Bradenton, Florida

April 14-17

3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals
Atlanta DragwayCommerce, Georgia

June 3-5

9th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Featuring the 3rd Annual Late-Model Hemi Shootout Maryland International RacewayMechanicsville, MD

June 23-26

6th Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing
Route 66 RacewayJoliet, Illinois

July 8-10

Inaugural NMRA/NMCA West Coast Shootout
Auto Club Speedway Fontana, California

August 5-7

10th Annual Quick Fuel Technology NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green, Kentucky

August 26-28

5th Annual JE Pistons NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Milan Dragway Milan, Michigan

October 6-9

10th Annual FueLab NMCA World Street Finals
Featuring the 5th Annual GM Performance Parts LSX Shootout O’Reilly Raceway Park Indianapolis, Indiana

November 11-13

3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Lone Star Shootout
Houston Raceway Park Houston, Texas

Rooster Call
Sean Haggai

I’ve been talking about it for months among friends, coworkers, and even briefly in a past editorial. To cut a long story short, I finally have the drivetrain placed into my personal project: an ’86 regular cab shortbed C10. It was one of those instances when the want outweighed the need for another vehicle, a roller even. Committed, I dumped in a fuel-injected 383ci small-block with an overdrive 700-R4 transmission. It’s going to be a daily hauler, carry parts, and may even get some track time at the strip or through the cones. So what am I rambling on about? Well, call it coincidence, but our very own project ’72 Nova has also just received its own fully built drivetrain. We not only rebuilt the top end but also tagged on a 200-4R Level III transmission from Gearstar. All this got me thinking and inspired me to question what were some other interesting drivetrain combinations out there for your muscle car project?

If you think about it, the options for the best combination are almost endless and it could more or less hinge on preference. Whether your sled is packing boost or nitrous with a high-revving small- or big-block, there’s still a transmission out there to meet your specific needs. I believe we all quietly require our own list of standards and this might dictate which method you prefer: stick shift or automatic, and do you need two, three, or more gears? My curiosity has gotten the best of me, and I’ve been asking around furiously to find out what everyone else is doing. Could it be the cost that’s limiting your options or maybe the vehicle itself? Some of our favorite muscle cars require custom fabrication to fit a late-model transmission. For instance, the ’64-72 A-body needs some minor reworking of the transmission hump and a specific crossmember to properly fit a 4L60E.

For some purist, there’s nothing better than three pedals and the sound a closely geared four-speed produces while accelerating. While it sounds cool, it’s still a lot of work, and as a daily driver, it may not be the best option. Everyone has a different opinion on what’s cool and what can fit their budget. So, what’s your favorite engine and transmission combo? We’d love to hear about them!



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