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Old 28-06-2012, 03:39 PM
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Another bloke with a Camaro.

G'day all.

Just thought i'd join up to gain some knowledge.

I've had my 68 for about 5 years now, which ia actually my first V8 and am about to begin the process of rebuilding the drivetrain and suspension as well as some interior and electrical fixups. At the moment it has a lumpy and quite slow 402 (truck motor) with an open 10 bolt. I've decided to go down the path of possibly fitting a 502, fixing up the T400, coupled to either a 12 bolt or 9 inch and putting some decent suspension/brakes on it (already has Willwoods on the front as the original discs were different with one warped!). I don't know the legalities of modifying LHD in Qld, but I'm going to try and get engineering approvals for everything and do it bit by bit, as I'd like to keep it on the road and use it most of the time to 'enjoy the difference'. My biggest question is, as I want it too handle and for me to feel safe in the car plus use it for 'fun', I've been looking at the Ridetech coil overs with 4 link rears and Truturn steering system. Can anybody give me any knowledge in the best way of getting the gear into Aus and whether it is a truly bolt in system. I've read heaps of reports of wheels hitting tie rod ends when installing drop spindles, plus headers that don't fit anymore, blah blah blah. Otherwise I'm considering Heidts or Global West. Failing that, I'll just go with the Hotchkis kit and put 3 leafs in the back with their sway bars and front upper and lower Control arms and subframe connectors. Sorry for all the immediate questions, But my right foot is incredibly itchy as the car has been sitting in a shed for a year. I want to get this project moving! Any help or knowledge as well as decent contacts in my area will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 28-06-2012, 03:46 PM
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Welcome Justin,, track down Jay on here ,, 'speedtechjay' he is from speedtech,, they sell all this stuff your after and its truly a bolt in fit,(i have it in my 69) He will look after you with price and the shipping .

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Old 28-06-2012, 03:50 PM
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Old 28-06-2012, 05:02 PM
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Thanks Gav. Speedtech was the other supplier I was looking at. So many of these mobs building good stuff in the states!
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Old 28-06-2012, 05:50 PM
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Welcome along Justin..great to get another from Brisbane on here...if you need any local contacts I'd be glad to help out where I can...are you northside or southside???
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Old 28-06-2012, 05:54 PM
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Welcome Justin
The place to start would be with Qld transport and a copy of the Code of practice for light vehicle modification. http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Veh...fications.aspx
Not sure if you would get a 4 link passed and I know they don’t like drop spindles, am not a fan of them myself. As for making it handle I have the Hotchkis TVS kit in mine along with a 500 series steering box. It handles like a go cart and unless you are looking to put some big rubber under the rear and circuit race it I would think the 4 link more trouble to have passed than it is worth.
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Old 28-06-2012, 06:02 PM
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Welcome mate, look forward to seeing the progress.

Whilst not necessarily taking the same direction as you, I also have a 68 coupe which I am currently rebuilding with a 502/TH400/12-Bolt amongst other things. Build thread is here http://www.usmuscle.com.au/Forum/showthread.php?t=2018. Having gone down a similar path, you find something useful......
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Old 28-06-2012, 06:15 PM
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Welcome mate, I also have pretty much gone down the path your looking at with a 540/th400. If you just want to cruise in it you may not really need a 4 link rear but of course that`s your choice. Mine rides pretty nice with dse rear springs and caltracs but I find the front end a bit firm with the kings springs/pedders shocks and a big sway bar.If anything I might look at updating the front suspension to tubulars at some stage and if I do Jay/speedtech will be my 1st port of call. Your talking headers....save yourself a heap of grief bud and get a custom set made to fit in your car.
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Old 28-06-2012, 06:54 PM
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Justin,
welcome, always good to see another Qlder on here. Looking forward to seeing some pics.
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Old 28-06-2012, 06:59 PM
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Thanks Jase, I'm City side, the car is in my shed on my parents property Westside. Being a bloke who's built RWD rally cars in the past by learning the hard way, I learn't suspension is a big deal. I guess I want something that is trick, but ultimately it needs to work well. I don't want to bastardise the car, but just update it with bolt on gear. Triple leafs might be the go for now with a decent sway bar on the back, but I just love the idea of adjustable coil overs, plus everyone raves about them. Don't want the public servants at QT to get upset though. That would ruin my day. Might have to read the book. Does anybody know of anyone being drilled for a 4 link? I know a guy who's built a mark one escort with a full floating rear Hilux diff, all engineered and legal. If he can do it, surely we can if there are 4 links specific for Camaros?
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Old 28-06-2012, 07:06 PM
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Welcome...Another QLDr,it seems we are a bit thin on the ground!!nice plans for the car too,lots of camaro owners and info on here!!
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Old 29-06-2012, 12:15 AM
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Welcome to the forums Justin. We seem to have a shortage of Camaros on this site and can always use more
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Old 29-06-2012, 02:49 AM
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Welcome mate, I also have pretty much gone down the path your looking at with a 540/th400. If you just want to cruise in it you may not really need a 4 link rear but of course that`s your choice. Mine rides pretty nice with dse rear springs and caltracs but I find the front end a bit firm with the kings springs/pedders shocks and a big sway bar.If anything I might look at updating the front suspension to tubulars at some stage and if I do Jay/speedtech will be my 1st port of call. Your talking headers....save yourself a heap of grief bud and get a custom set made to fit in your car.
Ken I will be happy to help with your suspension needs when you are ready, Also keep us in mind for Headers as we have some great options.
http://www.speedtechperformance.com/...cat/cat253.htm

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Thanks Jase, I'm City side, the car is in my shed on my parents property Westside. Being a bloke who's built RWD rally cars in the past by learning the hard way, I learn't suspension is a big deal. I guess I want something that is trick, but ultimately it needs to work well. I don't want to bastardise the car, but just update it with bolt on gear. Triple leafs might be the go for now with a decent sway bar on the back, but I just love the idea of adjustable coil overs, plus everyone raves about them. Don't want the public servants at QT to get upset though. That would ruin my day. Might have to read the book. Does anybody know of anyone being drilled for a 4 link? I know a guy who's built a mark one escort with a full floating rear Hilux diff, all engineered and legal. If he can do it, surely we can if there are 4 links specific for Camaros?
We do offer a Full floater 9" to work with our Coil over/Torqure Arm rear suspension package. Our's is 90% bolt in with no cutting or modification of the stock chassis required. We do add an upper X-member for mounting the coil overs and panhard bar.

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Old 29-06-2012, 02:03 PM
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Cool, another Camaro.
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Old 29-06-2012, 02:42 PM
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sounds like a great plan....oh and it hasn't been said yet so I will say it....we love pics here
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