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1979 Chevrolet Camaro

Rally Sport 350/5.7L V8

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  • Color: Dark Green Pearl Metalic
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    In 2004 my dad asked me if I was interested in starting a project car to work on through high school. My dad is a mechanic and I had constantly been shadowing him in the garage growing up. I was more than ready to start a project with him. A friend of his lost interest in restoring a 1979 Camaro and let it sit outside for about a decade. I purchased the car for 500 bucks (rolling body with milk crates full of parts). We spent the following four years restoring it in our garage after school and on weekends. I finished the project enough to take it down the drag strip the weekend before I left for college. It stayed at my parents house while I was attending college and then for the first four years of my time on Active Duty Air Force.Finally, I was able to convince my wife it was a good idea to trailer it from Ohio where my parents live to South Dakota where we lived at the time. We currently are stationed in coastal Virginia where I am slowly fixing all the corners I cut now that I actually have a better budget. A little bit about the car. We rebuilt a Chevy 350 with a mild cam/head set up. I've bench dyno'd it to a pretty accurate 375hp-ish. The 4.10 gear makes it a pretty peppy street machine at the expense of cruising on the highway. Recently I upgraded to a TCI Streetfighter TH350 which has been a game changer from the junkyard find TH350 that we originally installed. A friend of my dad's painted the car in our garage and it has held up great ten years later!

    Future Plans

    My near term plans include changing out the Torker intake with an RPM air gap. The Torker doesn't fit the cam/head setup. It has a real bad off-idle hesitation and I think the air gap will fix that. Long term plan is to convert to Sniper EFI and convert to aluminum heads. Really long term plan is to drop a 383 stroker in (one can dream).

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