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Old Jul 27th, 12, 03:45 PM
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Default Gearhead's '68 Camaro Rebuild

This is more of a "rebuild" thread. Some of the previous work (engine, cage, chute receiver, etc.) is in the Performance section. I figured I'd start posting the rebuild here in case anyone is interested. Before, the car had a n/a 436 sbc with stock suspension, was driven fairly often, and went 9.69 with a 1.33 60 ft.

Here are two before pics...




I'm re-doing most of the car, from engine and driveline to rear end to exterior. The car has been in chassis jail for a while, and I'm not as motivated as I was earlier this year. Plus this project is running over budget. So this rebuild may, or may not get done soon. I'll post pics here as I get time between work and other priorities. As many of you know, I'm a meticulous freak, so this could take a while...

Here's the basic list of changes underway.
- replacing the n/a 436 sbc with a procharged sbc
- fuel system
- built transmission
- electronics
- mini tub and many related items
- wheels and tires
- subtle graphics later

My objective is to keep the car relatively stock appearing, while being totally streetable with respectable ET's at the track. Next post will include some of the basic parts.

Enjoy...
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Old Jul 27th, 12, 03:51 PM
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The 400 sbc long block...


The F2 Procharger and related parts... The BOV arrived later.


The TH-400 transmission...


More to come...
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Now: Boost...

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Looks like fun

When you say 'fuel system' - are you thinking about changing to EFI to go with the supercharging?

If trying to retain 'stock look' then you may want to fabricate the system to allow use of a lower'stock cowl hood set-up.
This would make the mods less noticeable from a casual glance
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The carb. Holley 950 HP built as a blow through by CSU with all the goodies, and powdercoated silver.


The wheels. Same type, Billet Specialties Street Lites, but wider with double beadlocks.


These are the slicks, Goodyear 29x11's. I removed the yellow lettering. The rear end will accomodate these but I will switch to Mickey Thompson Pro 275 drag radials soon.


More to come...
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Old Jul 27th, 12, 04:10 PM
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Looks like fun

When you say 'fuel system' - are you thinking about changing to EFI to go with the supercharging?

If trying to retain 'stock look' then you may want to fabricate the system to allow use of a lower'stock cowl hood set-up.
This would make the mods less noticeable from a casual glance
I did think about changing to EFI, but decided against it for two reasons. Cost and negligible difference in performance. I do like the tuning advantages, and may go that direction in a couple years.

The hood is one of a couple dead give aways of the car's performance. I have the old hood, but this one has grown on me. But it's something I'll think about doing again.
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Oh Man! This is going to be good!!!!
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Oh Man! This is going to be good!!!!
Man, I hope so. If the wife finds out about the secret bills, I may not be around long...
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Man, I hope so. If the wife finds out about the secret bills, I may not be around long...
X2 on that!
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Old Jul 27th, 12, 05:15 PM
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Here's the engine in its new home..


New big HP low stall converter from Midwest...


Note: The clearance between the ultra bell housing and the flex plate is super tight. As a one man show, it took some time to get it aligned properly.
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Out with the old wheel wells...






The new mini tubs from Detroit Speed...
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Who built your headers?Nice car
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Old Jul 27th, 12, 05:28 PM
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Test fitting the wheels/tires with the stock frame to check clearances...


A pretty tight fit, but probably not the best choice...






So, based on the tight fit, the frame gets notched, the leaf springs get moved inward, and the fuel tank gets narrowed. Yes, I want to keep the stock style fuel tank. My water box will be mounted in the trunk, along with the battery and chute storage mount.
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Now: Boost...
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Who built your headers?Nice car
Thanks. Hooker built them. They're Hooker 1-7/8" Super Comps.
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Now: Boost...
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Here's the fuel tank work...






Test fitting it. Also had the sump re-done. The old one looked like a shoe box. And had new bungs installed to accomodate the new engine's fuel needs, and a new return bung...
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Now: Boost...
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