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Finally Testing out the Camaro

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For those who don't know: '98 Camaro 3.8L auto with cam (pushrods/valvesprings too), headers, 3.73/limited slip, intake/exhaust, tune.

Well, tonight was the first time I floored the Camaro now that she has over 350 miles on the rebuild (starting the night, I'd say about 300). So, I start toolin' around to feel the extra power by myself without trying to race anybody. Well, needless to say, my buddy's Neon totally got whomped on even when he tried and he was speechless by how much faster my car got since the rearend, cam, headers, and tune.

So then there's a really loud Fox Body Mustang who keeps looking over at me while hitting it. Well, everytime he hits it, his whole car jumps.. so I'm like holy $h!. Anyway, I decided to go from about 5 MPH with him and we were neck-and-neck the entire way to 65. I was pretty impressed.

So, now I feel a little more excited and try to take an LS1 Z28 for $h!s and giggles (I knew I was about to get whomped on). Well, the driver says to go after the light (it was a green light and we were going about 30 MPH)... So she floors it UNDER the light and grabs a little lead on me because I went right after the light. At this point, my front bumper's at her door. Unfortunately, my damn auto doesn't shift down to first like it should've (and could've.. it redlines in 1st around 45 MPH), but stays in 2nd gear trying to keep up. Well, by the time I hit 55 MPH, my front bumper was at her back bumper. That's a pat on the back if you ask me!

So, yeah, I'm excited as hell and figured I'd share my glory!

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No problem, just be careful out there, speed can kill.

Yep. I typically don't race unless to just above the speed limit (5-10 MPH over), but the speed limit out there where I was is 40 MPH tonight... I was just getting a feel of her and what she can do. :)

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I swear when I had my old Mercury (mufflerless BTW) that every damn ricer wanted to race me. I was like f@#k that, i'm past that stage in my life and tickets and jail both suck.

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Oh, I forgot to add that the first time I floored it through second, I chirped the tires around 45ish going into second gear (in my automatic lol). I'm still impressed lol

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how much did all that stuff cost you? if it did that much for your car itll be worth it on mine too...

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For all new parts:

GT2 Cam: $300

Pushrods: $96

Valve Springs: $135

Retainers: $60

Headers: would vary

Gasket set: would vary

Differential/gearing: would vary

So, the above four priced items is ~$600 plus S&H @ ZZPerformance.com

And, don't forget an intake system (I did mine for next to nothing) and exhaust.

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so ya figure itd all wind up under 2 grand tho? cuz thats definitely worth it

as far as prices... you have the series III... do you know if everything would fit on my series II s/c? or would i need different parts which might have different prices?

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No problem, just be careful out there, speed can kill.

Nah just looking at pretty girls while driving can do that... :idhitit:

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NOS has the Series II, he just thought it was a Series III for a few weeks.

lmao Yes.. it's a huge inside joke because I thought (swore!) my intake manifold said Series III... blah.

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ooo alright then haha... only difference being FWD vs RWD... which i kind wish it was cheaper and easier to do a conversion because id do it in a heartbeat... but oh well...

any of this stuff take alot of mechanical knowledge to install?

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ooo alright then haha... only difference being FWD vs RWD... which i kind wish it was cheaper and easier to do a conversion because id do it in a heartbeat... but oh well...

any of this stuff take alot of mechanical knowledge to install?

Hmm, how much do you have?

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At any rate it sounds like you're having fun & you're

doing your own work. I commend people who turn

their own wrenches, esp. on cool worthwhile cars

like your F-body versus some 4-banger swap to

gain 0.2 liters & DOHC on some riced out Civic.

Keep us informed, don't get your license yanked. :D

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Hmm, how much do you have?

not alot... like i know where all the stuff in the engine compartment is... and i could change my own oil if needed... but i dont know the inner workings of an engine and wouldnt be able to take one apart and put it back together... the same goes for the transmission and most other stuff... id like to learn all of that but as of right now i have no idea

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For all new parts:

GT2 Cam: $300

Pushrods: $96

Valve Springs: $135

Retainers: $60

Headers: would vary

Gasket set: would vary

Differential/gearing: would vary

So, the above four priced items is ~$600 plus S&H @ ZZPerformance.com

And, don't forget an intake system (I did mine for next to nothing) and exhaust.

Too bad you dont live closer to me so I could test my car(when I get everything installed) against yours. It would be fair 3.8 vs 3.8 as long as you forget about my SC :P Edited by CaddyXLR-V

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not alot... like i know where all the stuff in the engine compartment is... and i could change my own oil if needed... but i dont know the inner workings of an engine and wouldnt be able to take one apart and put it back together... the same goes for the transmission and most other stuff... id like to learn all of that but as of right now i have no idea

Yeah, to do this stuff you'll have to know about how an engine works completely or you'll be lost as to why and you won't be able to question any of your work because you don't know how the engine itself works. Go to howstuffworks.com! :)

Too bad you dont live closer to me so I could test my car(when I get everything installed) against yours. It would be fair 3.8 vs 3.8 as long as you forget about my SC  :P

haha Yeahhhhh. About that..

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