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1970 Chevrolet Carmaro Z28 - Buying The Farm

Rick Fast's '70 1/2 Z28 Camaro

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Who: Rick and Karen Fast
What: '70 1/2 Camaro Z28
Where: Canada
Big-block:: To get the 502 to fit, Rick just swapped out the small-block motor mounts. The engine is original GM except for the 850-cfm Race Demon carburetor. He tried about six or seven electric fans during the summer, and ended up using an engine-driven fan for our photo shoot. Since then he's replaced the setup with a Be Cool Radiator designed for a big-block '70 Camaro and a Flex-a-lite electric fan. The distributor is a ready-to-run billet MSD with a 6AL box and Blaster SS coil. The fuel system includes an Aeromotive pump and pressure regulator.

Transmission: The Viper six-speed has an adapter plate that enables it to be bolted to any car. Rick used all of the factory four-speed parts that came with the car; it was one of the big reasons he went with D&D for the swap. The company even had a conversion for a factory speedometer cable. Later, Rick switched to the Auto Meter electronic speedometer and had to use an electronic adapter from the street rod market.

Driveshaft: The custom driveshaft was measured up and installed by Walls Rod & Custom in Dufresne, Manitoba, near Rick's home. The crossmember is also a custom part made by a local muffler shop to include a driveshaft loop.

Suspension: A QA1 Motorsports Pro Coil system adjusted the ride height down onto a set of 17x7 and 17x8 Torq-Thrust II wheels. For the track Rick uses a set of 235/45R17 Nitto NT555Rs and 315/35-17 Nitto drag radials and a set of Competition Engineering Slide-A-Link bars. At the track the car runs 11.90s at 117 mph, with a best 60-foot time of 1.70. Rick also installed a Wilwood Dynalite big brake kit with 12-inch rotors and four-piston calipers.

Exhaust: The system is a 3-inch pre-bent kit from Torque Tech that was welded together by Wall's Rod & Custom and a set of ceramic-coated Hooker Super Comp headers. With Flowmaster 50-series Delta mufflers on a chassis dyno, the difference between full exhaust and open headers was only 5 hp. Because of that, Rick runs the car with full exhaust at the track.

Interior: The shifter is from a Dodge Viper. The Auto Meter gauges are 5-inch and 211/416-inch Pro Comps in a Covan's Classic gauge panel. The seats are original with Classic Industries topping. The stock steering wheel was OK, but the Grant is better.

Body: The paint is original and megabuffed. The hood is from Goodmark, so its paint and the stripes on it are fresh. The Camaro has an original Hugger Orange with white stripes paint code.

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