Installing Sub-Frame Connectors

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Time: 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, power drill and drill bits (if applicable) Cost: $175-$300 Tinware: sub-frame connector kit and hardware Tip: Buy quality products. There are lots of companies making sub-frame connectors, but not all of them implement heavy-duty materials and quality construction. Visit RicksCamaros.com, EcklersFirebird.com or EcklersNova.com and search for […]

Water Pump and Pulley Install

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Water Pump and Pulley Install Time: 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, gasket scraper, long screwdriver or pry bar Cost: approximately $50-$150 for the pump, $25-$50 for the pulley Tinware: new performance water pump and gaskets (supplied), deep-groove water pump pulley (optional). Tip: never reuse old coolant. Over time it can chemically breakdown […]

Rear Lowering Springs & Shocks

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Installing rear shocks and lowering springs Time: Approximately 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands Cost: $200-$250 Tinware: one pair of rear lowering springs, one pair of matching shock absorbers Tip: When working underneath a car supported by jackstands, always do so on a flat level surface. Chock the remaining […]

Fuel Tank Install

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Note – our project car here is a 1969 Chevelle. For your convenience, we’ve listed the 67-69 Camaro part numbers. You can easily look up your specific year Camaro’s part numbers at www.rickscamaros.com This is our “before” shot– ugly, smelly, drastically in need of improvements! Let’s get at it… Although you could probably accomplish this task […]

Shimming Your Rear Springs

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Time: 1 hour Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: Fabrication costs will vary, but expect to pay around $20-$30 to have them made. If you purchase your own material ahead of time, factor in about another $10. Tinware: A small plate of aluminum stock- 6061 aircraft alloy is the most common and the least […]

Bodywork: Filling And Sanding

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Bodywork: Filling And Sanding Time: varies depending on the size and extent of the damaged area or area that needs modification Tools: block sander, grinder, air compressor (recommended) ball peen hammer (optional) Cost: supplies typically run about $100 for filler, sandpaper, and miscellaneous items listed in “Tinware” Tinware: filler and hardener, sandpaper (36, 80, 150, […]

Front Disc Brake Upgrade

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Installing front disc brakes Time: 3-5 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands, rubber mallet, ball joint separator or pickle fork, mini sledge Cost: will vary depending on the components used; typically anywhere between $500-$1500 Tinware: disc brake kit, wheel bearing grease, brake fluid, brake cleaner, small rubber hose, “catch” container […]

Boxed Rear Control Arms

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Boxed rear control arms Time: 1-2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: $300 (new), $30 (conversion) Tinware: factory style or aftermarket boxed rear control arms (new bushings included), or weld-in boxing plates (new bushings optional) Tip: When replacing older rear control arms, use quality polyurethane bushings to help stiffen the rear end and […]

Installing A High Performance Front Sway Bar

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Time: 1 hour (approximately) Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches Cost: approximately $175-200 Tinware: front sway bar, new sway bar bushings, new sway bar end links (recommended), lubrication grease Tip: Before removing anything from the car, take note of the sequence of the bushings in relation to the lower control arm and the sway bar. […]

Carpet Installation Know-How

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Installing new carpet and sound deadener Time: several hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, Phillips screwdriver, scraper, utility knife, scissors, heat gun (recommended) Cost: approximately $350-$500 for sound deadener, $200 for carpet Tinware: carpet, floor pan sound deadener, spray adhesive Tip: After purchasing a new carpet kit, remove the pieces from the box and […]

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