All About the Z...
To start with I bought this 94 Z28 about a year ago. At first I bought it when I had to sell the 95 corvette I had for a newer family van to use as daIly transportation. Well one night my other half got me out of the house and took me to a car lot where I saw the black WS6. in the morning it was ours. We just had to have it..... I started thinking about just selling the Z28 off but then I thought- it's paid for. I can do anything I want to it and not have to worry about it. So there you have the beginning of the rebuild.

Starting with the interior...

Now the interior on this camaro is gray cloth interior. I decided to change it to black. But when I had the interior out I thought why not add some sound deadener? So I've been adding dynomat and tsunami sheets to make the interior quieter. Man it's alot of work to say the least! I'm taking one section at a time and pacing myself. I've almost got the whole thing done but like I say it takes time. I really don't know if I'm going to add a rollbar or not. I'm not too sure. I will be adding frame connectors though. I'm not going to have back seats and maybe some racing seats with a 4 point harness. I know I'm going to have to go with new seals for the T -Tops and the hatch. That'll be another thing to work on after I have the car together. Also a note for installing the sound deadner- use a screwdriver, and what I mean is the back end of the screwdriver to make sure the mat is laid down. Those rollers are not cheap and they break easy also. Don't waste you money!


Suspension...                                               

Front...
The front end is going to have a BMR K member and BMR upper and lower control arms. Koni Adjustable shocks and BMR lowering springs. For sway bars I'm going to use the eibach sway bar kit. This should all lighten the front end up about 40lbs I think. Not really sure but I'll weigh the car to see for sure.



Rear...

Well I'm going to use the BMR frame box connectors. I also have SLP lower control arms and the BMR adjustable Panhard Rod. Of course BMR springs with the eibach shocks and sway bar. Also the BMR torque arm. That should about take care of the wheel hop.

Rear End...

Well I still have the factory rear on the car still. I know for sure I'm going to need a new rear after maybe a few months. I know it won't hold this kind of power. I'm thinking about a 12bolt or either Currie 9" rear. I think I may keep the gear ratio either 3.55 or 3.73. But I don't know right now. I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

Tranny and Converter...

Well I'm having BTE build me a 4L60E for the Z. I'm getting with Buddy who happens to be the current WTFBA.org president for suggestions on what to have done before I partake on this rebuild. I also have a Precision industries 2600 stall Vigilante. I need to see if I need to make adjustments to the converter according to the cam and such..Cool purple color though..! I'll also have to run an additional tranny cooler to make sure things don't get too hot. Heat is a big killer of trannys. ( 7200rpm shifts are too!) Going to put a poly mount for the tranny.

Driveshaft...

I'm going to use the aluminum driveshaft and see how that works for a while but I may soon look into a carbon shaft. They're around double the cost so I'll post what I use soon enough.

Ahh the Brakes...                                          

I believe the brakes on the factory 93-97 camaro/firebird are ok but are a little lacking. The factory 98-02 brake setup is alot better but the factory rotors have had their share of problems. Well I made a compromise between the 2 and went with the 98-02 brake setup but with a twist. I bought some brackets that will enable me to use the corvette C5 13" brake rotors. I got the brackets from the ebay seller umiperformance. They were about $239 which is a good deal considering you get instructions where to cut and longer bolts to go with. I have another pic where the bracket will go and if you're familiar with 98-02 spindles, you'll notice the bottom caliper hole gone and smoothed out. I have also bought the C5 calipers that are alot better because they're made to handle the stresses that the 98-02 calipers can't handle. I also think the spindles from the 98-02 brakes are alot thicker and I believe able to handle more. This is merely my opinion so I have gone with this setup because with alot of go you definitely need the whoa! I'm going to have the spindles powdercoated red and as you can see in the pics where you need to have them cut to make this setup work. Now this bracket set comes with all of the longer bolts and everything needed to make this work.

Also the kit will work on ALL camaros from 93-02 regardless of year. I'll post the pics of the instructions and may even see if I can have these made at a local machine shop for a little cheaper so I can share these with the rest of my fbody club. You will need to run 16" or greater size rims to clear everything. The rear brakes I think will just have drilled rotors but I'll have to look into what rotors I can find. I feel this setup is alot cheaper than a Willwood or Baer brake system. I'm sure those are fine braking systems but to save money and be safe also I feel this is a very viable alternative. As you can tell I haven't got the spindles powdercoated yet but will hopefully really soon. Of course I'm going to use hardened lines for the brakes. it'll more than likely be a kit for the 98-02 setup since I'm using front and rear setup. if anyone knows a machine shop to make "backup copies" of my brackets just let me know. I could always use a backup pair of these or for someone else....


Pretty calipers.....

Like a glove....

Cooling Setup...

This is going to be a little different- I found a great deal on a Griffin radiator. But it's for a standard tranny. Not auto. But I'll be running a cooler with a fan and along with the vigilante converter- it shouldn't be too bad on the temp but I will have a gauge monitoring this as I go along. I will update this info as it comes along. For the water pump I went with a Meziere. There is also a CSi pump if I'm not mistaken but I'll try the big M out first and tell you the outcome.

Nitrous Setup- Zex to the hilt

Well I finally went with the kit for the LS1/LT1 wet kit. it seems to be a great kit to boot. I'll be posting pics below of the install and the bottle mount and running the lins and the panel in the console. I think it's really neat and a little stealthy to say the least.