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1971 Camaro Suspension Upgrade - Project Back to the Street: A Return To The Classroom

By Michael Galimi, Photography by Michael Galimi

The drop spindles and rear suspension combination will have this second generation F-body slung low to the ground and handling like a Vette. To ensure our project can keep up with some of the new and powerful generations of Vettes as well as outrun Super Chevy Project Homewrecker, a GM Performance Parts ZZ454 crate engine was tapped for a tour of duty. We tested the bullet on the engine dyno at B&B Performance Machine (Rahway, New Jersey) with a set of 2-inch long-tube headers and a Holley 770cfm carburetor. To our surprise, GMPP was slightly conservative with its horsepower rating. Final output was an impressive 502 hp and 547 lb-ft thanks to 34 degrees of ignition timing, 93-octane fuel, a 1.5-inch spacer, and an average air/fuel mixture of 12.8:1. We just hope the carb spacer fits under the hood once we bolt the engine into the car.

We resisted the urge to add a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and decided on a 4L60E transmission. It's an electronic controlled transmission and Level 10 Transmissions fortified it to handle the horsepower and torque of the big-block Chevy. The overdrive transmission has better clutch packs, bands, drums, valvebody, and deep sump fluid pan. A separate transmission controller and a custom torque converter round out the transmission setup.

Right now, the car sits in the technical school's shop stripped of any remnants of its drag racing past. The future looks bright as the car is staying in school so it can return to the street.

SOURCES
National Parts Depot (NPD Michigan)
2435 S. Haggerty Rd.
Canton
MI  48188
734-397-4569
www.npdlink.com
GM Performance Parts
P.O. Box 33170
Detroit
MI  48232
800-577-6888
www.gmperformanceparts.com
3M Corporate Headquarters
3M Center
St. Paul
MN  55144
888-364-3577
www.3m.com
Fatman Fabrications
8621-C Fairview Road, Highway 218
Charlotte
NC  28227
704-545-0369
www.fatmanfab.com
Energy Suspension
1131 Via Callejon
San Clemente  92673
888-913-6374
http://www.energysuspension.com
B&M Racing
9142 Independence Avenue
Chatsworth
CA  91311
818-882-6422
www.bmracing.com
Currie Enterprises
382 North Smith
Corona
CA  92880
714-528-6957
www.currieenterprises.com
Level 10 Performance Transmission Systems
3670 Route 94
Hardyston
NJ  07419
973-827-1000
www.levelten.com
Wilwood Engineering
4700 Calle Bolero
Camarillo
CA  93012
805-388-1188
www.wilwood.com
Midstate Automotive Paint
1816 N. Olden Avenue
Trenton
NJ  08368
609-883-6200
www.midstatepaint.com
By Michael Galimi
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