CBHvac Spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and proclaimed
No big deal...maybe next time.
Thanks to RS and a new face, TX for showing.
TX recently got a convertible Bird (68? 69? Forget exactly). I'll let
him go over what he has since I won't spoil it for him...
Also, Sorry, FBR, for not being there when you showed. You missed
everyone by an hour. <G>
So, one question remains. What day would be better for everyone?
Friday? Saturday? And what time? 8:30 Easterm, or would later be
Thunder and RS it was a pleasure chatting with you both. I just bought a 68
convertible that should be arriving in the next few days (being shipped from
Here is a photo provided by the previous owner
Thanks again for the information and hospitality.
A pleasure to chat with you. Start asking around about a 400 or
better yet a 455 to drop under the hood. See if anyone else thinks
the price you gave was decent or not.
68' RS Camaro
88' Formula Bird
Some are wise and some are otherwise
Speaking of a 455.... I have been seeing quite a few whole or parts of them
on ebay lately, and seeing as though the new 'bird needs and will get a
whole new make over over the next couple of years, was wondering what would
be involved in possibly replacing the (non-350 GRRRRRR!!) 305 engine with a
455... I would assume the transmission wouldn't be able to handle it.. or
would it? Would the stock suspension/alternator/fan/etc be ok, or would I
need those replaced as well? This is probably a stupid question.. but I
have always wanted a PONTIAC car.. and this would be really the only way to
get one. Any ideas/hints/tips/criticisms would be appreciated.
Well, catch you later,
1985 Blue Camaro 2.8L w/ T-tops
Well, for a third-gen, you're looking at a lot of work. There are some things
you can do leading up to the swap, though. Sub-frame connectors are an
absolute must. You'd also do well to put in a roll cage. They make 6-pt ones
that aren't that intrusive. If you don't want the roll cage, there are other
options. The point is that you need to stiffen the chassis...a lot. Also, the
455 is going to be heavier than the sbc that's in there now. So new,
higher-rate springs will be needed. Good idea to just get a kit to rebuild the
front suspension. New springs, struts, bushings, ball joints, tie-rod ends,
etc. While you're at it, pick up a good aftermarket brake kit and install with
new hoses. Next, you'll want to replace the stock rear-end with a stronger
unit. Shouldn't be too hard to find something already put together with disc
brakes and your choice of gears. Replace all the bushings and other rubber
while you're back there and the brake hose, of course. You don't have to go
low, since you'll have torque to burn. You'll also need to work around the
torque arm situation, but I'm sure there's info on that to be found. You'll
need to upgrade your cooling system. Not sure what's out there to fit the
third-gen, but a good aluminum 4-core radiator, if it will fit, and new fans is
a good idea. I'd find a good welding shop and get dimensions for a 3-point
strut tower brace. After the swap, the first thing you'll want to do is have
one welded up to clear the new engine and install that. If you can find
dimensions for one specifically for this swap, then you can have it made
before. Buying one, if they're out there to be bought, would probably cost
some $s, so having one made is a good idea. You might just want to pal up to a
local welding shop and see if you can work out a deal for all your work (sfcs,
roll cage, stb, crossmember, settling the engine). See if you can get a
discount of some sort for promoting his shop as well if money will be an issue
and finding someone that loves cars is a plus. I think that just leaves the
swap itself... You might want to see if you can line up a buyer for your
engine/tranny in advance, unless you're planning on swapping it into your
Camaro. *laughs* And that's actually not a bad idea, since you can use all
your take-off parts on that, including the computer and harness, I'd imagine.
Anyway, good luck and keep us posted if you go through with it.
Zang! Who is that, rampaging on the mountains!
It's the VampireMuffinMan, hands clutching a meaty axe! And with a vengeful
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