I was just sitting here at work reading my latest issue and decided to give you some options for corner-carving. I would love to see, of course, the first-gen Camaro. I own a '68 that has been sitting in the garage being worked on for the past four years, slowly. I've done the Guldstrand mod with the help of David Pozzi and Team Camaro. You see, I'm looking at getting better handling without spending a lot of cash. That mod cost me $28 in new drill bits, and what a difference it made!
Then I met David and his wife, Mary, at an autocross in Costa Mesa and found out she's running her second-gen Camaro with leaf springs and making big noise at the event. Yeah, Mary is one heck of a driver, but in other events when drivers allow other drivers to drive their car, it proves that the suspension setup is more important than driver ability! Seeing drivers run quicker times in vehicles not their own says something.
My choices are the first-gen Camaros with a leaf-spring shootout, similar to the springs I just read about in the suspension article. How about comparing shocks such as Koni to VariShocks?
I currently have leaf springs (five) and will be switching the springs to either Hotchkis or DSE. I'm leaning toward the Hotchkis since I already have the front springs and sway bar from them. I look forward to anything you guys print, as it all helps, be it motivation to work on the Camaro or what I'm about to purchase next for her. Keep up the good work.
C10 Corner Carver
In regard to Shop Talk in the Sept. '09 issue, I have a '70 C10 that I'm restoring. I have a 408ci small-block backed by an M20 Muncie and a 12-bolt rearend, but I haven't decided on which way to go with the suspension. I don't know if I want coilovers, a complete Air Ride setup, a four-link system, or trailing arms.
I'm not into having a truck that is original or having one that will lay frame, but more into a pickup that has a nice, lowered stance and that will handle like it's on rails-if that's possible. So if you have any room in upcoming issues to address old pickups with 500-plus horses that have good enough suspension to hang corners I would love to read it. I know you're saying to yourself that there are truck magazines out there for this, but I have been a reader of CHP for many years, and most of the pickup magazines out there don't have what I'm looking for. Thanks, Mr. De Los Santos. Keep up the good work.
First off, I have subscriptions to a couple of different car mags, and yours is the one I read first, no matter the order they are received in.
I have a '92 25th Anniversary RS Camaro that I'm just about finished with. I have a 406 SBC that ran 580 horse and 570 torque on the engine dyno (I had to toss the dyno numbers in there, right?). I also replaced the five-speed with a six-speed. I know, I know, I did it in the wrong order, but I had the money for that part of it and did it, as it was the most expensive part of the build.
I haven't even read the suspension article in the new edition, and I felt that compelled to write in. I did a few minor upgrades to some of the suspension components, such as installing polyurethane bushings in the front end. I used a Spohn Performance crossmember and trans mount, and I'm planning to replace the rearend components with the matching Spohn parts as money allows.