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Author Topic:   mid 80's Camaro
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted July 29, 2002 05:33 PM
Can anyone give their opinion on a 85 Camaro as a pure stock/bomber car? I have one that was offered to me and rules dont require full framed "stock".

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 295
posted July 29, 2002 07:19 PM
the wheelbase on these cars are like 101". too short for most pure stock/bomber classes.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted July 29, 2002 07:42 PM
I guess that would make sense. There is a 108" minimum. I am just a camaro geek and wanted to run a 3rd generation style. I could run a 2nd generation. Some people have told me that springs are better for racing than leafs. I really want to build a Camaro however the class does not let you run springs on a car designed with leafs. Is there any truth to that? Obviously you can tell I am a beginner... thanks

redneck racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 276
posted July 29, 2002 11:49 PM
If i aint mistaken the 85 has coils or struts on the rear. Theres a guy who runs one down south i believe its an 85 he put an earlier camaro front subframe under it and stretched it to almost 108 but then you are looking at running it as a street stock or possibly a super stock where i am from. Most bomber cars around here are Ford thunderbirds caddys etc.the big cars. Eddie

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted July 31, 2002 09:46 AM
There was one guy who raced Pure Stock with me last year in Firebird that was about an 85 or 6 (the ones with the flip-up headlights) But I don't think our Track officials had made up their minds about a wheelbase rule yet. Yup, struts in the front, and I don't have a clue how he ever got that car to set up & handle, but he did -- ran pretty good when he could get it to stay cool. And his brother even won the Mechanic's Race with it.

As far as leaf springs vs. coils, well, that's gotta be an individual opinion... I raced a leaf spring car (72 Camaro) my first season, then built a coil spring (83 Monte) the next year. The coil spring car just seems to work real well for me & my habits - I've been so happy with it I'll probably never go back, but I've got friends who swear by the ol' leaf spring cars & wouldn't touch a Metric car. Could go either way -- Jsut find what works best for you.

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