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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 00, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi,
First of all let me introduce myself, My name is Adam, I'm 17 years old (going to be a senior this year) and I love cars, camaros, chevelles, novas, just about anything GM. I am currently building my first engine, a 406 sbc. Here is my question. I have been seriously thinking about buying a late model camaro (1982-1992). I saw one that I really liked today, but out of my price range. I like the look of a tubed camaro. What exactly has to be done to do this. I know that obviously the wheel wells must be cut and new, larger ones added. What I am not too sure about though is the suspension. Does the axle have to be shortened for say 15x14 wheels? What about the brakes, coil springs, shocks etc? How big of a deal is this to do? How much $$$ would I be looking at to do it? Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 00, 04:39 AM
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hey adam, welcome to the site,

first off, remember , its alot of work, a Tubbed car is a hell of alot of work, and not alot of people can do a great job at it, it cost some serious cash to get done right. you have to cut the trunk out, Z the frame in (or box it ) to support the shorter axle. you will need to get a good rear and have the tubes shortened, axles shortened and balanced. driveshaft checked and possibly balanced. new rear brakes , lines, fuel cell to replace the missing gas tank, extra frame supports. alot of people install a roll cage while there tearing it down that far.

and your 17, get a good job so you can afford it


I had the same dream when I was your age, had several muscle cars (67 stang 2+2 , and a 74 camaro 350 /th400 4:11 in the rear, it rocked. ) but Tubbing a car is alot of work and headache, unless your very wealthy (or your parents are) enjoy your young care free life before you begin a project like that.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 00, 06:06 AM
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welcome adam,
i also had that same dream when i was 17. but it took me 13 more years to actually do it.
i have and am still building a tubbed 69 camaro with a 396. it cost a lot of money, that's why it's taking me so long. like chris said, it's alot of time, correct measurements, the correct tools, and patience.
for what you want to do, you can buy a frame kit for that year camaro, set you back about 1000.00, then the 15x14 wheels, for a pair, about 400.00, tires and tubs,another 500.00, rollbar, 200.00+, trust me, it adds up quick.
i don't know how many times i wanted to sell mine and just give up.
but in the end, it's a great final product, i love how mine looks. don't let me give you the wrong impression, but if your going to do it yourself, it's a lot of time , hard work, and money. here's the site where i bought all of my stuff, www.swracecars.com
have fun and let me know if you have anymore questions that i might be able to help you with.
later,
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 00, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, it looks like I won't be tubing a camaro anytime soon I guess my question now is how big of a 15" wheel tire combination can you stuff in the back of an '82-'92 camaro? What about backspacing? We used to have a 1992 25th anniversary camaro, and absolutely loved it. My dad and I both want to get a 3rd. gen. camaro to put my 406 in. I know the stock rear end won't hold up to the power I will have, especially if I put big meats on the back of it, but I was just curious, how wide can you go? Thanks!

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406 sbc in the works
Solid cam 228 @ .050
.491 lift
106 lsa
x598 Heads
Edelbrock Torker manifold
750 Holley
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 00, 03:35 PM
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Adam, Don't tub your car unless you have lots of time,money and patience. It took me ten years to finish mine. By the time I was done I was sick of the car and I owned it for 22 years. It turned out great but was to much to be driven on the street easily.As for the question about wheel/tire combo, try 245/35-17 fronts and 255/40-17 rear on 17x8 wheels with 5" backspacing. Also try Belltech lowering kit,drop spindle front and coils rear on your 3rd gen camaro. This gives the perfect look and lots of rear tire. I did this to my wife's camaro last year and it proved to be a great big wheel/tire combo that doesn't rub on the fenders. Be warned, they don't give away that size wheel or tire. Hope this helps
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