4-9-11 2011 Autofair Spring


I am a little late in posting this, but a lot has happened since then.  Our club, Classic Camaros of the Carolinas is new and membership is open to first and second gen Camaros only.  Because we are new, we were located on the concourse under the grandstands rather than inside the track.  While we initially grumbled about this, later in the day we could see benefits to our location.  One was that we were very near one of the crossovers over Hwy 29.  Because of this we had our share of visitors.

We have a very good representation of both generations on display.  In the first gen cars, we had a number of ’69’s with both coupes and convertibles.

We also had some great 68’s ranging from stock to wild.

The second generation was also well represented with a fine range of cars.  Again, we had stock and modified cars.

As usual, about any car you could think of was on display somewhere on the grounds.  Here are a few that caught my eye.

Around 3:00 the weather became threatening and a number of us headed for home.  While I ran into rain on the way home, more importantly my engine began making strange noises.  After doing some initial inspections, it was decided that the motor needed to come out of the car.  Ultimately, we found that one of the lifters would not come out of the hole and that there was wear on both a number of lifters and on the cam.  A rebuild at least was needed.

I have said many times since I have owned this car that, if the small block ever came out a LS motor was going back in.  And that is what is happening.  I took the everything off the old motor to sell and have collected nearly $6000.  I sold the AFR heads, the Billet Specialties front runner, the EZ-EFI fuel injection, the intake, etc.

I am in the process of collecting all of the parts necessary to do the swap.  The car is at the body shop now getting the engine bay spruced up.  Towards the end of June, it is going to Kooks headers in Statesville where they will use my car as a guinea pig to design a set of headers and a full exhaust system in stainless for 2nd gen LS swaps.  Since they will have the car for two to three weeks, it will probably be August before it is back together.

It should be an interesting summer.

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