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Stage X

Stage X - The Future (and beyond)

First of all, why Stage X as opposed to Stage VI?  Well, I can't be too sure if there isn't going to be a Stage VI - IX and what they might be.  The car does have some cosmetic damage that eventually I will want to have fixed, especially if I get it running really well.  Some stages that potentially come to mind are:

Stage VI - Advanced performance improvements
Stage VII - New street engine.

Like I've said before, who knows what else the future may hold?

I don’t know how many people have asked me if I plan on dropping in one of my racing engines. The answer is that while I have no plans of doing so, it is certainly an option should the original power plant give up the ghost. The same thing goes with the transmission. If (or should I say “when”) the power plant gives up the ghost, I will have to revisit my plans. Replacing the drive line is a fairly straight forward job, but it will completely change the nature of the vehicle. As I stated in the introduction - I do not want to convert this into a race only vehicle. I like driving this car on the road too much.

One thing to keep in mind is the last time I worked on one of these Camaros, I went the wrong way in that I started with hopping up the engine. Of course this busted the transmission. After fixing the transmission, of course the rear end couldn’t handle the power. The place I should have started was of course, the rear end and worked forward. There is no question that the 7.5 inch gear in the third generation F-body is a weak link. It is fine for the 170 hp stock engine but will start to give out at higher horsepower. The thing is, the highest horsepower engine I would ever consider for the car is about 250 hp. With that in mind, what I really want to do is convert the open rear end to a posi type rear end. This is about a 500 dollar job using parts for Auburn Gear.

As far as the engine itself is concerned, I can’t see doing work on a 305 motor. Been there, done that. There just isn’t any real performance to be gained without spending a fortune. Don't get me wrong, the 305 was a great engine for a daily driver providing enough "oomph" to dispatch with most lesser sleds while at the same time providing great fuel economy. It just doesn't have much performance potential due to it's smaller bore. If the engine fails, it will be replaced with a 350. I'd say I'd put in a 406 small block, but these 400 SBC's are notorious for overheating problems and I just don't need that in a street car.  Of course, any former racing engine will have to be "de-tuned" to allow it to be used in a street car.  I can not see putting more than a 240-250 horsepower engine in this car.  Of course, a well built 350 will make that kind of power with a mild cam that will have a very smooth idle (remember streetability!).

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