2016 Camaro Pricing Announced

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By GM Authority $26,695 for Base Model, $37,295 for 1SS Model Chevrolet is launching the configurator for the 2016 Camaro, complete with pricing, options, accessories and pretty pictures. The starting MSRP for sixth-generation Camaro? $26,695, which is almost $3,000 more than what the base 2015 Camaro is asking for. However, the 2016 Camaro begins in 1LT trim, while the fifth-gen […]

A/C: Converting To 134A

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GM Upgrades: Keep it Cool! Converting to 134a Courtesy of Classic Auto Air   Classicautoair.com Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is […]

Mean Streak: 1978 Camaro Z/28

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This ’78 Z/28 was built on minimum wage and no candy bars! Story and photography by Chris Gibbany, Harrison, AR Ever since I was a kid, I have been obsessed with cars– mainly Camaros and Corvettes. I collected them in Hot Wheels and Mattel versions, I built models of them, and I dreamed of one day owning […]

Detailing Tip: 303 Aerospace Protectant

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OK, what’s with the infomercial you say? We apologize if that’s what it seems like! However, this product has earned its way into our hearts for all its weatherstrip/black plastic protection/preservation factors. It’s super-easy application is nice, too. Just spray it on a dry micro-fiber towel and rub onto the part. The instructions will tell […]

Window Cleaning Tip

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When cleaning your windshield, use a short nap microfiber and clean in one direction on the inside and the other direction on the outside. This way you don’t have to chase streaks and you can tell if you need a final wipe on the inside or out. Be sure to use a dry microfiber towel to prevent […]

Portable Battery Charger

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Portable Battery Charger Here’s a great little tip… While at the last SEMA Show, we noticed many vendors now offering portable batteries capable of starting a car. These items are slightly bigger than a paperback book and most not only jump a car battery but also re-charge a variety of portable electronics like phones or […]

Drum Brake Rebuild

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Drum Brake Rebuild Time: 3 hours approximately (per pair) Tools: lug-wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, rubber mallet, needle-nose pliers, various specialty brake tools (recommended) Cost: rebuild kits approximately $250 for 4 wheel drum brakes Tinware: brake shoes, drum brake hardware kit, other items may be necessary depending on the condition of your existing parts Tip: When rebuilding […]

Installing New Weatherstripping

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Time: approximately 30 minutes (for one part: eg. door, trunk, etc.) Tools: putty knife, utility knife Cost: price varies depending on seals or number of seals Tinware: new weatherstripping, weatherstripping adhesive, weatherstrip remover (aerosol can). Tip: If you happen to break or lose a plastic retainer during installation, try using 3M weatherstrip adhesive in its […]

Understanding And Installing Torque Converters

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Understanding And Installing Torque Converters Time: 1-2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, torque wrench Applicable years: all Cost: $200-300 (average for non-specialized units). Prices on ultra-high performance torque converters can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on application. Tinware: torque converter, transmission fluid Tip: Consult with torque converter manufacturers before selecting a […]

Crankshaft & Bearing Removal

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Removal and replacement of the crankshaft and main bearings Time: 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of replacement main bearings, Plastigage Tip: If you plan to remove the crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, […]

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