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The photos in this edition are black and white.

While the first-generation Chevy Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds are iconic cars that command high sale prices in restored and unmodified form, the second-generation Camaros and Firebirds are much more affordable. These Camaros often sell for only a few thousand dollars, and as a relative bargain compared to the early cars, many owners use these cars as a blank canvas to build an all-out performance car. Not only are the second-generation cars great platforms for modification, owners don't have to feel guilty about heavily modifying an extremely rare or valuable collector car that the first-generation cars represent.

Several million Camaros and Firebirds were built from 1970-1981. Many of these were sparsely equipped cars with six-cylinder or small V-8 engines and are perfect candidates for a full pro-touring treatment. There is a huge and growing amount of aftermarket support for these cars, with engine, drivetrain, brake, steering, and suspension parts being offered. Many owners are installing multi-link or Air Ride suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, quicker steering gears, stroker or late-model engines, modern overdrive transmissions, and other cutting-edge performance parts.

Like all editions in the Performance Projects series, this book covers the wide range of modifications, from borderline basic to in-depth and complex. Included modifications are supercharger installs, head swaps, ignition and carburetor mods, brake upgrades, transmission, differential and driveline upgrades, engine bolt-ons, multi-link rear suspensions, and more. This book is an essential tool for the second-gen enthusiast looking to modify their car.

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The photos in this edition are black and white.

While the first-generation Chevy Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds are iconic cars that command high sale prices in restored and unmodified form, the second-generation Camaros and Firebirds are much more affordable. These Camaros often sell for only a few thousand dollars, and as a relative bargain compared to the early cars, many owners use these cars as a blank canvas to build an all-out performance car. Not only are the second-generation cars great platforms for modification, owners don't have to feel guilty about heavily modifying an extremely rare or valuable collector car that the first-generation cars represent.

Several million Camaros and Firebirds were built from 1970-1981. Many of these were sparsely equipped cars with six-cylinder or small V-8 engines and are perfect candidates for a full pro-touring treatment. There is a huge and growing amount of aftermarket support for these cars, with engine, drivetrain, brake, steering, and suspension parts being offered. Many owners are installing multi-link or Air Ride suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, quicker steering gears, stroker or late-model engines, modern overdrive transmissions, and other cutting-edge performance parts.

Like all editions in the Performance Projects series, this book covers the wide range of modifications, from borderline basic to in-depth and complex. Included modifications are supercharger installs, head swaps, ignition and carburetor mods, brake upgrades, transmission, differential and driveline upgrades, engine bolt-ons, multi-link rear suspensions, and more. This book is an essential tool for the second-gen enthusiast looking to modify their car.

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 485 b/w photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613253700
Product Code : SA237P

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Planning and Organizing

Choose Your Application 

Choose Your Process 

Project Your Time and Expenses

Organize Your Parts 

Think about Safety

Buildup Overview

 

Chapter 2: Engine Performance 

Small-Block versus Big-Block

Cylinder Heads 

Project 1: Aluminum Head Installation

 

Chapter 3: Selecting and Installing a Camshaft

Emission and Mileage Standards

Hydraulic Lifters 

Solid Lifters 

Roller Cams

Project 1: Hydraulic Roller Camshaft Installation

 

Chapter 4: Intake Manifolds and Carburetion

Intake Manifolds

Selecting a Carburetor 

Project 1: Intake Manifold & Carburetor Installation

 

Chapter 5: Ignition System 

Project 1: Distributor, Spark Plug Wires 

and Coil Installation

 

Chapter 6: Exhaust System 

Header Selection Tips 

Emissions Standards

 

Chapter 7: Installing a Crate Engine 

To Crate or Not to Crate 

Chevrolet Performance Small-Block and Big-Block

LS Crate Engine Sources

 

Chapter 8: Performance Transmission

Second-Generation OEM Options 

Transmission Sources

 

Chapter 9: Chassis Upgrades 

Suspension Component Sources

Project 1: Subframe Connectors Installation

Project 2: Rear Wheel Tubs Installation

 

Chapter 10: Front Suspension 

Front Suspension Sources

Project 1: Front Subframe Installation

 

Chapter 11: Rear Suspension 

Eaton Detroit Springs 

Project 1: Rear Spring Installation 

Detroit Speed

Project 2: Rear Suspension System Installation 

 

Chapter 12: Performance Brakes

Brake Sources 

Project 1: Front Brake and Shock Installation

Project 2: Drum to Disc Brake Conversion

 

Chapter 13: Cooling System 

Radiator 

Water Pump

Fans 

Thermostat

 

Chapter 14: Weight-Saving Measures

 

Chapter 15: Wheels and Tires 

Sidewall Flex 

Wheel Design

 

Chapter 16: Interior

Seats

Project 1: Seat Reupholstery

Dash and Gauges

Steering Wheel 

Sound System

 

Chapter 17: Electrical System and Wiring

DIY or Outsource?

Project 1: Power Window Installation

 

Afterword

 

Source Guide

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