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Camaro Summertime Update: Part 2

Here we go with part 2 of our Summer 2015 update on the Camaro – check out part 1 here if you missed it.

SCCA Event #3 – Happy Father’s Day!

The first trip out with the new gears was fun, but kind of a mixed bag. We had some competition in CAM-T this time around, which was cool. The 4 car field consisted of us, a 68 Camaro prepped by Dusold Designs and packed to the gills with go-fast parts, a  Falcon, and a Model T (this class is really kind of confusing when you break it down!).

The Camaro got the luck of the draw on run groups, and getting pretty much a fully dry session between showers, while Paul’s session in the Z was wiped out by lightning and heavy rain.

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Camaro Summertime Update: Part 1

17136718738_d64eee39d0_z.jpgWow, this summer has flown by without an update here? We’ve been buy with life, and with racing and working on the car, and there’s a lot to cover to get back up to speed. Let’s dive right in, with the first of a 2-part update that will cover –

– A plethora of SCCA and other autocross and track events
– A few setup changes, including new rear gears and axle bearings
– Our plans to get better, faster, stronger for the winter

A quick note before we get started – the Optima Ultimate Street Car shows for this season start August 28th on MAV TV! We’re counting the days, and hoping to get some TV time with the little red beastie in the Texas episode. Keep an eye out for it, and we’ll definitely post an update. Speaking of Optima..

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Preseason Testing Highlights (in F1 speak)

We made our first trip out to the track Sunday with the new and (hopefully) improved Camaro. With Formula 1 preseason testing going on now, let’s get in the spirit and provide the highlights in F1 team press release speak:

  • Great pace early on in the session (the first pass was the quickest ever: 6.81) but it’s still too early to draw definitive conclusions
  • Pleased with first impressions on the new suspension developments (the sway bar seems to work well)
  • Data gathering on mixture settings will continue in the next test (we’re on a steep learning curve with E85, but practice and lots of research makes perfect)

And with that, on to the video!

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Shop Truck: On-board video from the track

After braving dense fog, near-freezing temperatures, fogged windows, and numb extremities, the truck surprised us again Sunday at North Star’s first bracket race of the year. Results from the driver were highly suspect, but the truck continues to amaze, lowering its best time by another .14 as the temperature came up.

The sun poked through the clouds a few times, but for the most part the first half of the day was utterly miserable with temps staying in the 40’s. It did eventually clear off, and as the track and air temp rose the beast came out. A (hoorrible) red light allowed me to run it out the back door, and my jaw dropped as I read 7.54 | 91 on the scoreboard. Luckily it did it again the next pass, otherwise I would have thought it was a fluke.

So, enough talking, let’s go for a ride –
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Super Saturday

Since winter seems to have skipped right over us (though it is 40 degrees today), we decided to make the maiden trip to the track in our new for 2012 configuration: Camaro in the trailer, truck following behind. Pretty uneventful trip, which is precisely what we were looking for.

Got 5 runs in with the car, no surprises other than the fact that mineshaft air conditions had it bit lean.

The truck was much the same, little bit of a stumble off the line due to lack of fuel, but only managed to make two passes after discovering a little leak out of the back of the water pump.

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Christmas comes early

The shop truck finally moves under its own power! For the first time since last November, our 63 Chevy C10 lumbered out of the shop and down the road. Updates we’ve completed at this point:

The basically stock 91 model 350 bid us farewell in favor of an RHS aluminum-headed 406 with a healthy solid roller and just over 11:1 compression. All that new grunt drives through a fully built 700-R4, and exhales out a new exhaust setup consisting of a 3″ Pypes x-pipe and full stainless tubing leading to the Hooker Aerochamber mufflers that were on the previous setup.

On the inside, a B&M Stealth Pro Ratchet shifter steps in for the original B&M Hammer, and the glovebox now conceals the MSD Digital 6+ ignition box. Still on the to-do list is a 9″ Ford rearend, then it will be thrash time.

Here’s a short clip from after the maiden voyage, and a much needed wash in the driveway. There’s a little romp to around 3,000, then 4,500 at the end.

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