Painting the Drum Brakes for the Second Time

Monday, 1. February 2010

The first time I painted the drums I did not know what I was doing so it is actually a surprise that they have lasted this long.

Drum Brake - Sand Blasted / Zinc Primed
Drum Brake - Sand Blasted and Grinded
Both drums had been sand blasted some time ago, the one on the left is what they looked like before I started working on them. The drum on the right has had zinc primer applied. Before zinc primer was applied I grinded the drums to get off all the surface rust then cleaned them with cellulose thinner.
Drum Brake - Painted Black
Mounted Drum
When the primer was dry enough to apply paint, the drums were painted with enamel flat black paint. Mounted drum brake with wheel spacer.

Wheel But No Tire

Monday, 25. May 2009

I could not wait to see how the Foose wheel looked on the Camaro.

Camaro with Foose Wheel

Tires for the Bigger Wheels

Monday, 25. May 2009

After checking a lot of tires at tirerack.com, these made it to my final selection:

BFG g-force Drag Radial tire_bfg_gforceta_kdw2_1000 tire_ku_ecsta_xsku36_1000
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial
 
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Kumho Ecsta XS
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX

Then considering all the pros and cons I ordered 4 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs at the tirerack.com.


Bigger Wheels

Tuesday, 19. May 2009

I have decided that my Camaro needs bigger wheels. In my opinion 17″ front and 18″ rear look better than 15″ and they will also suit my project. A kind of street Trans Am racer with a modern look, is perhaps what describes my project best.

American Racing Torq-Thrust II Vintage Wheel Works V48

American Racing Torq Thrust II

Vintage Wheel Works V48

When I got my 15″ Centerline Warrior wheels I was also looking at the American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels. Now I am looking at them again but everybody has these it seems and I want something a bit different. If I was building a “traditional” Trans Am racer I would go with the Minilite copies, V48 from Vintage Wheel Works with the center painted black. I was also looking at the AR Torq Thrust M with the black center, but then I found these:

Foose Legend Gray

The Foose Nitrous Legend Gray

They look like the TT-IIs only better, in my opinion. They will also fit the future paint scheme on my Camaro and they come in the sizes I need. Looking like that  they are perfect for the Dark Horse.

Now I need to figure out which tires I should get..


What Have Been Done Lately

Monday, 4. May 2009

My old battery was not performing well anymore so it was time to get a new one. I wanted to get one with high cranking power so the Optima RedTop battery seemed to be a good choice. And it was, the Optima sure does have a lot of cranking power!

I also installed four new ball joints, a drive shaft loop for safety, a few wires under the carpet and then I changed the oil, the oil filter and the spark plugs.

Parts Changed/Installed

The New Parts


New Front Tires Installed

Friday, 8. August 2008

Today at Avedøre Dækservice, I had my new Yokohama AVS ES100 225/50R15s installed on my front Centerline wheels. My new tires are not rubbing, they feel good on the road and they look fine. So it is as I had hoped for.

On most of the way back, my dad was behind the wheel of my Camaro for the first time. I hope he enjoyed the ride as much as I did. 🙂

Installing New Front Tires

Brakes Working

Tuesday, 22. July 2008

I got the brakes to work today. With the help from my son, Daniel and my father I bled the master cylinder and the brakes for the third time and this time it worked. The picture is taken after my first drive with the new brakes working.

Camaro in White

New Tires

Friday, 18. July 2008

I like the white lettering on BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires but they have no grip. If I floor it I get nowhere. I only get a lot of smoke which is cool if you are into burnouts. Do not get me wrong burnouts are cool but traction is better.

BFGoodrich Radial T/A

A year ago I bought a pair of Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag Radial tires to put on my Centerline wheels. And I look forward to test them when my brakes are working.

Nitto NT555R Extreme Drag Radial

When my BFG Drag Radials on my Rally wheels wear out I will replace them with a pair of Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial tires, I have heard good things about them.

Mickey Thompson ET Street Radial

Yesterday I received a pair of Yokohama tires that I ordered for my front Centerline wheels. After I have installed new spindles, my front tires are rubbing. So I had to get some new tires with a lower profile than my BFGs 225/60R15. Therefore I went surfing for some 225/50R15 tires with good traction and a thread pattern some what similar to my Nitto tires. I found the Yokohama AVS ES100 tires and ordered them from Summit. I hope to have them mounted on my wheels next week.

Yokohama AVS ES100


Brake Status

Sunday, 13. July 2008

I just finished installing my brake vacuum pump from SSBC and it is working fine. (My engine is only making 12-14 inches of vacuum and you need at least 18 for power brakes so I added a pump).

I bench bled my master cylinder (again) a few weeks ago, now I just need to bleed the brakes (again) and hopefully I will be able to brake again..


Brake Vacuum Pump from SSBC.


From Bad to Worse…

Saturday, 17. May 2008

Shortly after I bought my Camaro I found out the stock front disc brakes were leaking. It was fixed, but afterwards they have never been that good. It has been getting worse and worse now the brakes have been needing attention for quite some time. It seems like the pressure to the front brakes is too low when breaking.

I was told that I should try to replace all the old stock brake valves with a combination valve, as the old valves might be worn-out and blocking the pressure to the front brakes.

So today my friend, Steen and I were going to install a new combination valve and a line lock. We both know what we are doing so it should quite easy.

Well, everything went wrong. Two threadings were stripped, some of the fittings were wrong, we had to make new hard lines, sludge came of of the wheel cylinders when bleeding them, we had leaks several places, etc.

Painted Line Lock and Combination Valve
Installed Combination Valve
Painted line lock and combination valve. Installed combination valve.

So 10 hours later we had the combination valve in (not the line lock) and it was time to test the brakes. With the lack of luck we have had all day, I should have known. The brakes were now even worse than ever before!

I must admit that I knew it was a long shot just changing the valves but I wanted to give it a try since it was “so easy to do”. In case it would not work I have been checking brakes out from Wilwood, Baer Brakes, SSBC and CPP. And I think it is time to order a brake system from CPP.

CPP Brake System, 67-69 Camaro
CPP Brake System, 67-69 Camaro.


Why Does “Bolt-on” Parts Never Bolt on?

Friday, 4. April 2008

My TH200-4R has been installed and it just as nice as I had hoped for.

The CPT torque converter I installed has a stall speed of about 2,500 rpm where my old one on my TH350 from TCI is said to have a 2,400 stall speed. But they feel very different from each other. It feels more like the stall speed of the TCI converter is around 2,000 rpm. I guess the new stall speed is just something I have to get used to.

Now, why is it apparently so hard to for companies to produce bolt-on parts?

I did not want to modify my frame and/or or my old crossmember. So I purchased a pricey, high quality bolt-on crossmember from Bowtie Overdirves. It has been designed for 1967-69 Camaros and the TH200-4R gearbox so how can the mounting holes for the transmission be off by more than an inch?!

Crossmember
I hate all the extra work that these “bolt-on” parts give!


Installing My TH200-4R on Tuesday

Saturday, 29. March 2008

Finally, I am going to have my TH350 transmission replaced with my TH200-4R that I bought more than a year ago.

The specs on the TH200-4R are nice. It is lighter and can be just as strong as the TH700R4 and its 1st gear is not as deep. And then it has an overdrive gear which will help mileage and reduce engine wear.

My TH200-4R is from California Performance Transmission.

CPT TH200-4R

 
GM Automatic Transmission Ratios
Transmission

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Powerglide   1.76 / 1.82   1.00        
TH350   2.52   1.52   1.00    
TH400   2.48   1.48   1.00    
TH200-4R   2.74   1.57   1.00   0.67
TH700R4 / 4L60   3.06   1.62   1.00   0.70
4L80E / 4L85E   2.48   1.48   1.00   0.75