48 Hour Camaro – Summer Update

Its been a busy summer already for RideTech… the 48 Hour Camaro build…the release of the new Triple Adjustable coilover…the debut of the new Tru Turn steering system that was developed on the 48 Hour Camaro…lots to keep up with!

Here is how it breaks down:

 

Single and Triple Adjustable coilovers

 
Although the single adjustable coilovers were released last year, the triples were just released in May of 2011 and have already started to make a serious impact on track days all over the country. Here are the results from the recent Goodguys autocross in Columbus, Ohio:

Vehicle Classes: SM = Street Machine | V = Vendor | SR = Streetrod | TRK = Truck

Street Machine Class

  First Name Last Name Vehicle Suspension Lap Time
SM Mike Maier 66 Ford Mustang   32.304
SM Mike Maier 66 Ford Mustang   32.304
SM Mary Pozzi 72 Chevy Camaro RideTech singles 32.595
SM Mark Rife 63 Chevy Corvette RideTech triples 32.75
SM Mark Stielow 69 Chevy Camaro   33.081
SM Brian Finch 71 Chevy Camaro   33.571
SM Chris Jacobs 66 Chevy Chevelle   33.886
SM Billy Utley 72 Chevy Nova   34.054
SM Tim Slager 67 Chevy Camaro   34.473
SM Roger Burman 70 Chevy Camaro   34.481
SM Mark Turner 66 Chevy Corvette RideTech ShockWave 34.531
SM Bob Bertelsen 72 Pontiac   34.702
SM Brad Granger 67 Chevy Camaro   34.87
SM Ken Edawards 66 Ford Mustang   35.067
SM John Kundrat 64 Chevy Corvett   35.215
SM Tom Cronkright 70 Pontiac Trans Am   35.265
SM Alex Covington 67 Chevy 2   35.3
SM Michael Merritt 67 Ford Mustang   35.74
SM Jim McDaniel 55 Chevy Bel Air   35.784
SM Karen Lisinger 67 Chevy Camaro   35.904
SM Gerry Kema 62 Chevy 2 RideTech singles 36.054
SM Al Noe 67 Chevy Camaro   36.072
SM Kali Arrington 72 Dodge Challanger   36.413
SM Kurt Anderson 59 Chevy Corvette   36.533
SM Dan Ballard 72 Chevy Nova RideTech bolt-in 4 link 36.981
SM Matt Lazich 64 Ford Mustang   37.137
SM Alex Stoner 70 Ford Mustang   37.173
SM AJ Sharp 68 Chevy Camaro   37.311
SM Albert Melchior 72 Pontiac Trans Am RideTech triples 37.331
SM Erich Bollman 69 Ford Mustang   37.363
SM Tim McGilton 69 Chevy Camaro   37.398
SM Mike Cornelus 69 Chevy Camaro   37.825
SM Ryan Sullivan 66 Chevy Chevelle   37.881
SM Bill Donges 65 Ford Cobra   37.952
SM Murray Pfaff 59 Chrysler Imperial RideTech singles 38.043
SM Mark Pecikonis 68 Chevy Camaro   38.076
SM Jason Stritesky 65 Chevy Chevelle   38.094
SM David Mastrota 67 Pontiac   38.152
SM Debbie Farrington 64 Chevelle Wagon   38.377
SM Scott Barker 66 Ford Mustang   38.502
SM Roger Minyard 67 Chevy Nova   38.672
SM Randy Leibrock 66 Chevy Corvette   38.753
SM Steve South 70 Buick   38.802
SM Carlo Rizzo 70 Chevy Chevelle   39.12
SM Bill Bouziden 63 Chevy Corvette   39.216
SM Michael Myer 63 Studabaker Avanti   39.242
SM Tom Rigg 61 Chevy Corvette   39.458
SM Mike King 72 Chevy Camaro   39.466
SM Hans Drop 70 Chevy Camaro   39.487
SM Royce Glader 66 Ford Mustang   39.53
SM George Poteet 62 Ford Falcon   39.553
SM James Jackson 68 Chevy Camaro   39.908
SM Todd Foust 65 Ford Mustang   39.97
SM Joe Brown 67 Ford Mustang   40.214
SM Bruce Paul 68 Chevy Camaro   41.001
SM Don Figliozzi 61 Buick RideTech air suspension 41.264
SM William Shores 71 Ford Mustang   41.589
SM Dan Chaplin 67 Chevy Camaro   41.749
SM Mark Giangreco 57 Ford Thunderbird   42.203
SM Harold Carter 67 Chevy Camero   45.549
SM David Hart 69 Plymouth   46.304
SM Doyle Thomas 63 Rambler   46.393
SM Joel Bernbaum 57 Chevy Bel Air   52.426

 

Vendor Class

  First Name Last Name Vehicle Suspension Lap Time
V Spectre Performance   70 Chevy Camaro   32.622
V Optima Batteries   67 Chevy Camaro RideTech triples 32.844
V Ryan Matherws 63 Chevy Nova   32.955
V Kyle Tucker 70 Chevy Camaro   33.225
V Stacy Tucker 69 Chevy Camaro   33.718
V Britt Marlof 67 Chevy Camaro RideTech triples 33.808
V Bret Voelkel 69 Ford Mustang RideTech ShockWaves 34.128
V Ironworks   67 Chevy Camaro RideTech triples 34.147
V Mike Hawley 65 Pontiac Tempest   34.434
V Greg Schneider 66 Chevy Chevelle RideTech ShockWaves 34.721
V Vaughn West 71 Chevy Camaro RideTech singles 34.749
V Michael Manning 69 Chevy Camaro   34.859
V Jeff Schwartz 67 Chevy Nova RideTech singles 34.863
V Gateway Classic   68 Ford Mustang   34.892
V Gateway Classic   66 Ford Mustang   35.657
V Jim Ring 66 Ford Mustang   36.151
V Mark Bowler 70 Ford Torino RideTech singles 36.428

 

Street Rod Class

  First Name Last Name Vehicle Suspension Lap Time
SR Jason Smith 49 Cadillac   34.072
SR James Jones 37 Ford   39.017
SR Wade Faustmann 34 Ford   40.273
FUN Evan Dalley 68 Chevy Camaro   33.266

 

Truck Class

  First Name Last Name Vehicle Suspension Lap Time
TRK Rockin Rob McGregor 55 Ford RideTech triples 33.705
TRK Mike Hickman 68 Chevy   33.766
TRK Spencer Caudle 53 Chevy   34.908
TRK Kevin Bapst 68 Chevy RideTech air suspension 35.133
TRK Dave Gould 55 Chevy   37.45
TRK Mike Vanert 65 Chevy El Camino   38.907
TRK Nick Weber 46 Chevy PU   39.824

 
 

One Lap Camaro

 
One of the first customers to try out the new triples was James Shipka and Mary Pozzi, who drove the \ Optima Batteries 67 Camaro in the One Lap of America race in May, where they won their class. Since May, Mary has finished her own car [with RideTech single adjustable coilovers] and brought it to the midwest to compete in a few of the larger track day events. Both Mary Pozzi and James Shipka competed with 33 other cars in the Heidt’s Performance Car Challenge last weekend at AutoBahn Country Club in Chicago. Here are those results:

Name Car# Suspension QA1 Road rally Heidts Road course Nitto Autocross Wilwood Wilstop Grand Total Overall Rank
Mark Steilow 44   5 25 22 25 77 1
Mary Pozzi 37 RideTech singles 5 20 25 22 72 2
James Shipka 36 RideTech triples 5 22 20 20 67 3
Mark Greenisen 51 RideTech singles 5 18 11 16 50 4
Matthew Altamore 48 RideTech singles 5 14 16 8 43 5
Chris Jacobs 21   5 11 14 13 43 6
Randy Johnson 29 RideTech TigerCage 5 10 13 14 42 7
Karl Dunn   22   5 15 15 2 37 8
Jeff Schwartz 46   5 16 10 0 31 9
Greg Schneider 31 RideTech ShockWaves 0 4 12 15 31 10
Bill Herder 24   5 0 7 18 30 11
Vaughn West 27 RideTech singles 5 8 9 6 28 12
Kurt Ukasik 43 RideTech singles 5 2 6 12 25 13
William Sonichsen 28   0 0 18 5 23 14
Jeff VanBuren 41   5 12 2 4 23 15
Bret Voelkel 30 RideTech triples 0 13 0 10 23 16
Daniel Long 42   5 0 5 9 19 17
James Nilsen 23   5 6 8 0 19 18
Ed Hazelwood 68   5 5 0 7 17 19
Scott Parkhurst 32   5 0 0 11 16 20
Todd Longfellow 26   5 7 0 0 12 21
Paul Mulligan  35   5 1 3 1 10 22
Albert Melchior 53 RideTech triples 0 9 0 0 9 23
Jim Stehlin 39   5 0 4 0 9 24
Mark Golovin  34   5 3 0 0 8 25
Joseph Cascio 49   5 0 1 0 6 26
Brian Davis 47   5 0 0 0 5 27
Mark Gizzie 38   5 0 0 0 5 28
Scott Maki 40   5 0 0 0 5 29
Kevin Miller 50 RideTech triples 5 0 0 0 5 30
Greg Davidson 45   0 0 0 0 0 31
Kenny Brown  69   0 0 0 0 0 32
Matthew Duque 54   0 0 0 0 0 33

 
 

The TruTurn

 
In addition to the radical success that the new RideTech coilovers has generated, we have debuted the new Tru Turn steering system for the 67-69 Camaro and 68-74 Nova front suspensions. This simple product is a landmark for hotrodders who wants to use a large 275mm wide tire on the front of their OEM front subframe. The Tru Turn system also resolves all the unsavory geometry that was inherent in those oem suspensions.


tru turn

What is it?

The Tru Turn system is an upgraded steering system that includes the following:

  • 1. Spindles – taller overall to improve the camber gain and a raised spindle pin to lower your car by 2″
  • 2. Steering Arms – designed to correct bumpsteer AND allow clearance for up to a 10″ wide wheel with a 5.75″ backspacing.
  • 3. Draglink bracket – bolts onto your oem draglink to relocate the inner tierod end to minimize bumpsteer
  • 4. Tie Rod Assemblies – integrates with your new steering arms and centerlink to provide a tru “no fab” bolt on steering system.

What will this system do?


The early Camaro/Nova front-ends have very poor suspension geometry…the tires lean outward around turns, the bumpsteer is bad, and there is little room to run a wide wheel because of the oem steering arm interference with the inside of the wheel. The Tru Turn system resolves ALL these issues…the tires now lean INTO the turn, the bumpsteer is UNDER .050″ through 5″ of suspension travel, and you now have clearance to run up to a 10″ wide wheel with a 275mm tire!

 

Tru Turn complete package includes:
spindles, steering arms, draglink bracket, and tie rod assemblies

Price: $1000

Vehicle Applications Part # Price  
1967-69 Camaro 11169500 $1000 Purchase Online
1968-74 Nova 11169500 $1000 Purchase Online

 
Tru Turn UPGRADE package ( same as above MINUS the spindles )

Price: $650

Vehicle Applications Part # Price  
1967-69 Camaro 11169525 $650 Purchase Online
1968-74 Nova 11169525 $650 Purchase Online

 
 
Of course, all summer we have proceeded to beat the hell out of our beloved 48 Hour Camaro project. To catch you all up, here is the schedule that the Camaro has kept since its birth on May 18th, 2011:

May 16-18 48 Hour Camaro build up Jasper, In
May 19-22 Nashville Goodguys Autocross Nashville, Tn
May 27-29 Run to Music City Nashville, Tn.
June 3-10 Hotrod Power Tour Florida to Michigan
June 17-19 Motorstate Challenge Waterlievet, Mi
July 3 10/10ths track day Putnam Park, In.
July 8-10 Goodguys autocross Columbus, Oh
July 15-17 Heidt’s Performance car Challenge Joliet, Il

 
 

Thoughts on the 48 Hour Camaro

 
I LOVE this Camaro! It is better in nearly every category than Velocity…and THAT was a great car!

Anytime you beat on a car like this you will have wear, tear, and breakage. To pretend otherwise would be an insult to hotrodders who know better. I told everyone from the start that I was going to tell it all…good, bad, or indifferent.

Probably the biggest issue we’ve had with the car is keeping the transmission in it. I LOVE the Muncie / GearVendors combination…it’s almost an unfair advantage on the autocross and road course. On the autocross I can choose between 1st gear and 1st/overdrive to have the best overall gear ratio. On the road course, instead of shifting gears all the time, I can usually toggle between 3rd direct and 3rd overdrive to keep the engine in its optimum powerband. The problem is that the Muncie does not seem to like me as much as I like it. The first 2 failures involved stripping the teeth off of 3rd gear. The third failure just lunched first gear and cracked the case. These units are routinely behind 800hp drag racing vehicles and survive just fine. It seems when you throw 20-30 minutes of high speed running along with full power down shifting, they just weren’t designed to handle that…yet. AutoGear Equipment has stepped up like the true and honest hotrodders that they are and said…”give us some timeto sort this problem out.” In the meantime we are prepping a Tex Racing T101A with the gearvendors unit. The Tex trans is a clutchless 4 speed righ out of a NASCAR…600 hp with all kinds of shifting won’t ruffle its feathers at all. I have one of these in my Mustang and it is one badass unit! Can’t wait!

We also changed the cam in the engine. The Lingenfelter engine made 614hp on the dyno, but since it was a stock displacement, it was relatively low on torque at 480. I wanted something with some more low end power so we changed to the Lingenfelter GT11 cam that they have dynode at 570 hp and 580 torque. Much nicer! Now it drives like my new Z06 instead of my old tunnel ram Chevelle!

Since we were on a compressed build time we didn’t get a chance to install the power steering cooler that I knew we would need before the first big track event in Nashville. Should have known better. Luckily Kyle Tucker had a spare reservoir that we installed and went on our way. The power steering cooler is now installed.

At Putnam Park a couple weeks ago I had a nylock nut get loose and fall off an upper 4 link bar. That was fun. I’d never seen that happen before. Luckily when the bolt got halfway out it bent and wedged itself between the heim end and the bracket. The result was a really sloppy rear suspension and some tire rub on the right handers… but nothing more dramatic.

Then there was the spike through the rear tire thing on the way home from Nashville… and the Gear Vendor unit being murdered by our mis-measured couple clearance…and the fuel tank vents that I still need to install…and the ipod module that died on the Power Tour. You know…everyday stuff that everyone puts up with.

So, what’s next for the 48 Hour Camaro? Well…its off to the Sand Hills Open Road Challenge. I’ve never done one of these Open Road races before, and frankly, I’m not sure I’m ready for it. It has, however, inspired me to install a fire suppression system in the car and order a fire suit. Both have been needed for quite some time, and I’ve procrastinated too long. I’ve convinced my wife that I’ll never need either…and lied to myself about this still being a "regular" street car.

I’ll do another update after the Sandhills race in August….I’m sure I’ll have all kinds of cool stuff to report then!