Autocross/Road Race 1979 Camaro Z28

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by OutrunNAScaR14, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. OutrunNAScaR14

    OutrunNAScaR14 New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Gainesville, Ga
    My name is Cody. I'm 23 and started building this car at 19 with the intentions of having a competitive autocross car to compete at local CAM events and Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series, as well as any other Vintage events, while being on a college budget.

    The car is currently being ran at a ton of events. This is the second season on the car and things are always changing. It took me 8 months to go from bare shell to driving, but of course it is never finished.

    I competed in my first Optima USCA race at NOLA this year in the GTV class. Finished 2nd in autocross, 3rd on the road course, and 4th in speed stop, all on 4 year old Rivals (NOT Rival S's).

    I won the 2016 Cruisin' the Coast Autocross.

    2016 CAM-T class winner.

    The car is ultra competitive for what it is.

    Build Breakdown, I built everything in my driveway, roll cage and all. The engine was built in my basement. All my ideas and parts come from circle track Late Model racing.
    SBC 350, .060 over, roller, AFR heads, 7500+ rpm's
    T56 6 speed (First season was a Super T-10 4 speed)
    Custom built roll cage
    Home built 3 link rear suspension (First season was a 4 link)
    Winters Quickchange rearend
    Paint and body done by my dad and I
    Port City Road Racing Late Model Stock Car Spindles with 4 pot Wilwood brakes (First built with 5 style spindles with 5th gen Camaro Brembo's brakes)
    4 piston rear calipers
    Custom fabricated double A-arm coilover front suspension (First built with PTFB upper A arms and 900lb springs)

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  2. OutrunNAScaR14

    OutrunNAScaR14 New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Gainesville, Ga
    Recently redesigned the rear suspension to a 3 link from a 4 link

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  3. BonzoHansen

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    72BIGBLOCK Veteran Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    Very nice !! Add a front spoiler
  5. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    May 6, 2012
    Federal Way, Washington
    Looks like you are having all sorts of fun.Good luck to you.

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  6. broahnazki

    broahnazki Veteran Member

    Jan 19, 2014
    los angeles
    Wow dude looks nice!! Good luck with the build. Take as many pics as you can I wish I had.
  7. AlbertaZ28

    AlbertaZ28 Veteran Member

    Aug 17, 2010
    Fort Mcmurray, Alberta
    Awesome looking car Cody. I am interested in your Brembo brake setup. I have 5th gen Camaro Brembos sitting in my garage and plan on mounting them this winter. How did you mount yours? Which spindles did you use? CPP?
  8. pecu_83

    pecu_83 Veteran Member

    Feb 22, 2016
    Wow! Nice build Cody!

    Are you running stock control arms front? If you are on a budget and don´t want to change them you can make them work with a little tinkering. Relocating the UCA little lower and little further back gives you more caster and more dynamic camber wich will help cornering. I agree with 72BIGBLOCK adding a front spoiler helps a lot too :)

    There is a TON of wisdom in the forum written by Ron Sutton:
    You really should read his posts if you haven´t already. You can have a winning car with a budget if you put in your mind, time and effort!

    Keep us posted!
  9. OutrunNAScaR14

    OutrunNAScaR14 New Member

    Mar 12, 2013
    Gainesville, Ga
    AlbertaZ28, yes they are the CPP C5 style spindles. The 5th gen Camaro Brembo's will not directly bolt on. I had to cut down the flange on the calipers and weld in new bosses and threaded holes to fit the Corvette caliper pattern on those spindles.

    72BIGBLOCK, I made a 4th gen Camaro air dam work in the front of mine for now. But I do plan on building a legal splitter soon.

    pecu_83, Thanks! I'm running PTFB upper A arms. So they help with more caster. However, when I convert the front to coilovers I am removing the upper A arm mount and will place it in a better location.

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