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poboy2
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 100
posted March 05, 2001 06:11 PM
Hey guys, I have heard that alot of guys in Arkansas are using the 82'-92' camaros. These are strut frontend cars and use coils with a torque arm of some type in the rear. I haven't seen any of these cars at our Mid-Missouri tracks, but have heard about them. Does anybody know first hand about these cars? I would like to hear from somebody who uses one. Thanks alot. Poboy.

widebody
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted March 11, 2001 10:45 AM
A few guys at my track have run these. We have a 108" WB rule, but the techs will let odd things run as long as they arent "in the way". When they start running better they hammer them on tech. 1 guy even stretched his to 108" to meet the WB rule. He was running good with it.
Another guy ran pro stock with one, he did some nice work on the front to brace the strut towers, and I think he made a frame around the unibody in the front, or he at least platted everything.
Amazingly light, but not overly strong, even with a decent cage.
I would try one if I raced on a smaller track like 1/4 mile, where the hits werent as hard as a larger track.
It only takes 1 guy to do good with something and youll see 10 new cars like it the following year. NO trend setters, only followers.
Go for it. Be different!!

2RACE63
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 12
posted March 16, 2001 07:42 PM
I built one of these cars back in 96' and raced it 7 or 8 times. There are several pros to this car. The torque arm gives the car a tremendous advantage over any leaf or gm 4-link car in terms of forward bite. When the track went dry/slick the car never had a problem hooking up. The car whith no ballast and no driver weighed in at 2,450#'s (we didn't have a weight rule) We only added 75# of ballast and ended up with 47% rear weight. The torque arm made up the difference in the normal rear %. I've never been in a car that would roll in the corner easy and drive off as hard as this car would.
The disadvantage to the car is its fragile. We removed the front inner fenders and built strut towers from the frame to the front hoop. We used Air Craft quality heims on the top for a strut mount. This is where we would adjust caster and camber. The tracks in my area went back to the 108" wheel base rule the following year making the car illegal. I still have the car.

ahh06
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted August 28, 2001 08:59 PM
what is the wheelbase on this type of car?

VIPER000
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted August 31, 2001 01:22 PM
I HAVE SEAN SEVERAL OF THESE AROUND HEAR AND THEY SEAM TO COME OUT STRONG AT THE BEGINING OF THE SEASON BUT AFTER ONE REAL GOOD SHOT THEY DROP OFF ALOT. JUST AN OBSERVATION.

WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted August 31, 2001 04:03 PM
I've never so much as stuck head under a 3rd generation Camaro, but if the rear-end set up makes it come off the corner so hard, why couldn't you use the rear suspension parts on a metric car? How hard would that be? Would it be incredibly obvious what you had done? Just curious.

WesternAuto17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted August 31, 2001 04:57 PM
quote:
Originally posted by WesternAuto17:
I've never so much as stuck my head under a 3rd generation Camaro, but if the rear-end set up makes it come off the corner so hard, why couldn't you use the rear suspension parts on a metric car? How hard would that be? Would it be incredibly obvious what you had done? Just curious.

McGinnis
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 7
posted September 01, 2001 06:35 AM
I have an 83 Camaro the stock wheelbase was 101".I think it is a good car, but it is fragile .It does drive the corners extremely well,and comes out like a bullet.This is my second car and I prefer it over the 70' chevelle,but when you do good the track techs seem to "nit pick"more on the Camaros.

superstock#81
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted September 27, 2001 12:02 AM
i run a 72 camero and the car has been on the track for 7 years and still keeps winning.

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