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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 01, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to put a 400 small block into my car and i was wondering if the way i build it will the chassis twist because of so much horsepower running through it. I have found out that there will be about 440 hp in it. if i get T-tops on it how much would it cost and will that make a difference in causeing the chassis to twist? And last question, where can i go to find customized parts for my camaro its a 1987 Camaro Z28
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old May 27th, 01, 08:42 PM
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I guess you may see a bit of twisting; maybe get some suspension upgrades and sub-frame connections, not sure. My guess though is that the tires won't give you the traction to allow the chassis to twist. I theorize you will spin the tires way before you can do much damage, providing you stick with your stock 60 series meats.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 28th, 01, 06:05 AM
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definitely get some sub-frame connectors!! even if ur tires spin so much there wont be much twisting, there will still be SOME. and that could b bad for ur t-tops. check out www.nextgenparts.com u can order a free catalog from their website. they have a connector for an 82-92 f-body part # SF28 for $249. but check them out, they have some pretty good stuff

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 29th, 01, 09:33 AM
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Just install the 400 and get a plate that says " Twister", cause that what she is going to do!

Get sub frames right off the bat. They will help. I cracked a t-top with my V6 (not stock) so it doesn't take much to do some damage. I just picked up the Southside Machine lift bar setup. I have two friends that run them, and the cars dead hook.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 29th, 01, 12:12 PM
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You cracked a T with a V6? Must be a nice engine. Anyway, I just realized something here. I am running a 1983 Trans Am with a 250 +- HP 350 in it, and my T-tops are fine. I think this may be due to the stiffer trans-am package, so if you are going to put it in a Camaro, I would say yes, the sub-frame connectors are in order. When I put the 400 in my T/A, I will also get sub-fram connectors to play it safe. They are cheaper than a new chassis afterall, heh.
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