Be prepared, C-Prepared Autocross (1981 Camaro)

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 1981paul, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

    Some of you might remember me, some of you have forgotten me, most of you have probably never met me, but I've been here for a while.

    I'm taking my former college ride/daily driver, and building it for SCCA autocross competition in C-Prepared.

    A little history first. I bought the car back in 2000. Then it was a well option V6 car. Slower than dirt, but it had cool t-tops. I drove it like this for a while, making minor improvements. Eventually, I build a Vortec headed 350 for it and had some fun running around in it. After a few failed emissions tests it got parked and I kinda forgot about it. I started autocrossing (then my daily driver) and always wished I had a faster car to make a project out of. A good friend of mine then reminded me of that Camaro in my garage...

    Here is a quick list of what I have and what is to come:

    1981 Camaro, stripped down to bare shell
    14pt S&W cage
    16x14 and 16x12 wheels (14" wide rear radial slick, 12" wide front)
    Kirkey Seats
    Home-made subframe connectors
    Fiberglass front clip, flares, hood, doors, and decklid
    Lexan front and rear glass (no side glass)
    SPC upper control arms
    Howe lower control arms
    Custom 3-Link rear suspension
    Koni coilovers
    Ford 9" Rear (upper 4.86 gears)
    Custom front and rear (blade) sway bars
    377ci SBC
    Jerico WC4 4-speed

    Plus probably a few other things I'm forgetting...


    Back when I brought her home for the first time...
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    Then Pat and I put a new motor in...
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    Then Pat made some subframe connectors...
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    I dyno'd the motor...
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  2. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

    Made some other changes...
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    Then I ripped the perfectly good motor out, and started the teardown...
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    Funny thing about this photo ^^^ The Camaro is mine, the Hyundai in the lower right is my first autocross car, and later on I sold the Hyundai and bought the SRT-4 in the driveway next door.
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  3. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

    Playing with tire mockup...
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    Guess I'll need something to cover those....
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    Just some more work (a-pillar bars are getting cut out and custom ones will be bent)...
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    And just today, the car came back from blasting and priming...
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  4. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

    And how could I resist throwing on some shiny bits...
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    What will it look like when I'm done?
    Hopefully like this photoshop...
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    Thanks for looking! I'll have more pics as progress continues.
     
  5. Ls1smlblck

    Ls1smlblck Veteran Member

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    I'll be watching this build!
     
  6. 3SLO5

    3SLO5 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    wondered where you went posts posts then gone.
     
  7. SR79

    SR79 Veteran Member

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    Awesome progress, man, can't wait to see those meats sucked up under there :D

    What brand are those LCA's? They look nice.
     
  8. Damon23

    Damon23 Veteran Member

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    Well, that looks really sweet.
     
  9. 79CamaroMan

    79CamaroMan Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Sounds like a fun build! Very interesting.
    So, are you planning on eliminating the T-tops? I noticed in you photochop, you them out.
     
  10. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

    They are from Howe racing.

    It's important to say - this stuff is "race stuff" and not for a street car. My car will see zero street miles, but you may be different.
     
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