As you might expect, both our Camaro creators looked to improve braking along with the massive power transplant. Jim fitted his '79 with 13-inch C5 Corvette rotors and calipers up front and opted for '97 Camaro discs out back. The new binders are activated by a Master Power master cylinder and 8-inch dual diaphragm booster, while a Summit prop valve gets the balance right. Josh also wanted a braking upgrade, but dared to be different, picking up a set of Brembo four-piston front calipers from a Cadillac CTS-V. These mondo clamps are teamed with stock '89 Camaro PBR rear calipers modified to fit the transplanted TA 9-bolt rearend. It's all worked by an N.O.S. '89 Camaro master cylinder-four-wheel disc version, of course. As for rolling stock, our slick second-gen moves on American Eagle wheels, 17x8 front and 17x19.5 rear, clad in BFGoodrich KDWS rubber, P235/45ZR17 and P275/40ZR17. Our trick third-gen wears Centerline Dagger wheels, 18x8 front and 18x9.5 rear, outfitted with Nitto NT555 tires, P235/40ZR18 and P275/45ZR18, respectively. Both cars, we're told, stop and handle "great."
Once his '79 was completely disassembled, Jim took the front subframe in for powdercoating at Douglas Metal Finishing in Alexandria, Minnesota. Miscellaneous pieces were also treated to nickel-plating. Jim then resurrected his second-gen, starting with a front rebuild kit and urethane bushings from PST. He added QA1 coilvers and an Addco sway bar up front. Rear suspension duties are handled by Eaton Detroit leaf springs (1-inch lowering), stock shocks, and another Addco sway bar. Directional changes also happen much quicker, thanks to an AGR 16:1 steering box. Unlike its older cousin, the front K-member in Josh's third-gen had to be notched for A/C compressor clearance. Beyond that, this entrant has been built with straight line performance in mind. After rehabbing the '89's frontend with Moog components, Josh has added Hotchkis Sport lowering springs, Air Lift Drag Bags, and a Spohn Panhard bar.
"I'm in charge of taking paint off, not putting paint on," says Jim. Accordingly, he took his totally-blown-apart '79 down to bare metal-and plastic-before sending if off to Rob's Auto Body of Alexandria, Minnesota, for a luscious coat of DuPont Viper Red. The factory white paint on Josh's '89, on the other hand, is still in great shape and is augmented with black stripes laid on by Augusta Auto Body in St. Augusta, Minnesota, along with a set of "LS1" emblems in place of the old RS logos. The engine compartment, once relived of its V-6 lump, was stripped and sandblasted, had its seams resealed, and was then repainted before receiving its Gen III transplant.
Once its LS1 was reinvigorated by the TPIS cam-but before the new converter and several suspension upgrades-Josh urged his '89 to a 13.30 quarter at 106.20 mph. With the mods he's already made and a Spohn torque arm with a set of slicks planned, he sees mid to low 12s in his future, which sounds about right. As for Jim's '79, he hasn't been racing, but he does drive it, most lately from Minnesota to the Lincoln, Nebraska, stop of the Power Tour. "It runs like a champ and gets 22 mpg," he reports-which sounds right on as well.