If you are a Camaro aficionado then this is your lucky day. Few cars embody the heart of the American automobile industry like the famed Camaro. We have been hearing about the new Camaro ZL1 for some time now and finally, we get a look at some of the spec. Details about Chevrolet’s new Camaro ZL1 have been hitting the internet thanks to a copy of the dealer’s guide that was uploaded by Camaro5.com. GM has confirmed that the details are legitimate. For starters, the new Camaro will feature supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that boasts an impressive 580 HP and a 556 lb-ft torque. This makes it the most powerful Camaro to date and it should be able to take on any muscle car on the road. The transmission will come in standard manual or upgraded to an automatic. The automatic will be a Hydra-Matic six-speed while the standard is Tremec six-speed. The new Camaro is both wider and longer then it’s current rival, the Shelby Mustang GT500 giving it more control on tight turns. The dimensions are similar to the Camaro SS but it weighs 250 pounds more. Given the power of the engine, this should pose no problem what-so-ever. As for colors, it will have the option for nine different schemes that include, Black, Ashen Gray, Imperial Blue Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Rally Yellow, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red, and the all-new Crystal Red Tintcoat. Sorry, no neon or beige available. If you want a little more flare you can get stripes, a powered sun roof and a “Mohawk” carbon fiber hood insert. The ZL1 will use the same Magnetic Ride Control that the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette uses but it will also boast the Performance Track Management, a feature that allows five modes ranging from wet surfaces to a racing mode.
To help keep from flying off the road it will have Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires that can be mounted on your choice of two 20 -inch forged alloy wheels. One is a 10-spoke low-gloss finish or a 5-spoke option with a polished high-gloss clear coat. The interior is chop full of creature comforts. It features heated leather high-performance seats with the suede microfiber insert that will make your Lazy Boy jealous. Each seat will have six-way power controls as well, so you should be able to settle in at any position. Other features are alloy covered pedal s, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a rear camera display, and an auxiliary gauge boost readout. Of course, you will want to rock out while driving this bad boy, so to help you along it will come standard with a premium 9 speaker audio system. If you are wondering if you can afford it then start saving as it is expected to go in the low $50,000 range. Aiden Jefferson is a freelance writer. He primarily writes about cars, education, home ownership, and fun stuff. He currently lives in Southern California but you will never find him because he is sneaky. Buying a classic Mustang can be fun or frustrating, depending on whether you do your homework. This first in a series of 2 articles will mustang cover buying a car to restore. The second part will cover what to look for, when searching for the right restored classic. Any time you buy a used car, its important to understand that there are areas that you need to check to make sure you are getting what you are paying for. Restoring a classic mustang (my term for the years from 1964 1/2, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970 ) or any other car is not a job for the faint of heart, but can be done with the right attitude, some mechanical aptitude and a good set of wrenches. And of course, some place to actually work on your car.
Set a Reasonable Budget:
Knowing what kind of budget you have to spend and what things to look for, combined with the above, can help you make the right decision. Unless you are an expert on every aspect of rebuilding a car, you can expect to be spending money on hired help, whether that means removing the engine and sending it out to be rebuilt, or doing the mechanical repairs and sending your Mustang out to be painted. The trade off then needs to be compared to what it would cost to simply buy a car in the condition that you would like.Early Mustangs are prone to rusted out floors. While Ford did a good job of adding galvanized steel to some areas, the floors were apparently not on the program. This, in my experience carries well past the 1970 model year. Fortunately, partial to complete reproductions floor pans are available quite cheaply. They require cutting out the old rusty parts and welding in new pieces. Other areas to watch out for, are rusty lower rear quarter panels, rusted out trunk floors and battery trays in the front engine compartment. Interior issues for a car this old usually are areas such as a cracked dash board, worn or missing door panels, cracked or worn seats and faded or worn out carpets and headliner. Unlike even 10 years ago, replacement door panels, carpet kits and dash covers are in good supply and reasonably priced. Assuming that there are no major exterior rust issues, its time to investigate the paint and evidence of previous damage repair. Now, I’m not one to insist that you don’t buy a 40 year old Mustang simply because it had some time in its long life, a fender bender. That’s more in the realm of miracles. No, we just need to see that it was repaired or restored properly. Cracks in the paint that seem to have some kind of gritty or plastic material mean that the area has at one time been repaired,which is fine. But the crack (which may have some rusty residue) means that moisture had worked its way down to the metal and will need to be ground out and redone. Buying a car with this problem can lead to a bigger investment of cash unless you had planned on re doing the paint any how.
A good classic mustang site is a great source of more detailed information restoration and buying tips and can help you make buying your dream car a good experience instead of an exercise in frustration.
Where to buy:
In the old days, pouring over the newspaper was the way to go to locate the car of your dreams, but nowadays, I’d recommend the internet, and particularly some of the online classified resources. I’m not as big on eBay now as I used to be, as it seems its now been flooded with scams and overpriced cars. So shop carefully. Over the years, glory and reputation of Mustang’s products have reached the pinnacle. By merely the name of Mustang, customers show a feeling of satisfaction and best quality. Especially in terms of cars, Mustang has certainly earned a good brand name in the automobile industry. However, one hardly gives credit to the engineers, who have designed such excellent Mustang parts that have contributed enormously towards the popularity of Mustang. Many astonishingly innovated Mustang Parts, which once put to use for alterations and enhancements certainly give some splendid outcome.
Special Features of Mustang Parts:
To intensify the looks of the front portion of your Mustang, consider Mustang headlights, as they are designed with utmost care and consideration. You will get wide options to select these headlights for instance HID kits and GTS headlight bezel kits. However, HID kits are most preferable.
To obtain extra strength from the engine and especially in order to change the sound of your engine, Mustang exhaust has designed these exceptional exhausts.
With the intention of improving a vehicle, performance chips of Mustang play a vital role. The major usage of these chips is to intensify the torque and horsepower of the engine. Apart from improving the quality of the engine, performance chips also improve fuel economy.
Along with the performance chips, Mustang throttles body acts as great performance parts. They help immensely to improve the engine’s horsepower. These throttle bodies are made after undergoing many examinations.
Corner lights have special significance, as they augment the appearance of your car especially during the night. You have a variety of options in terms of corner lights such as chrome, amber, smoked, clear and euro.
Although usage of air meters is not to the great extent even it has great value. By using these air meters enough amount of air could be propelled to the engine where its incineration takes place.
To cover the head of the engine, Mustang headers are necessary. Being an engine part, it is of great significance. You will get several kinds of headers, for instance, JBA Cat4ward Shorty headers and BBK Ceramic Long Tube Headers for your Mustang. After the movie the demand for the cars and parts to convert cars to “clones” skyrocketed. Granted I’m not a big “clone” fan. I think you should customize your car to make it just what you want, heck go crazy. But I really hate to see the market diluted with fake cars. When Shelby build the 67 Mustang GT 500 it was a complete makeover. They left little unchanged. In 1967 Shelby rolled out the big guns with the 428 with dual carbs! This beefy engine produced 355 horsepower and had the now iconic oval Cobra air cleaner and cool finned cobra valve covers. Just as a side note did you know that a very limited number of 1967 GT 350 had Paxton superchargers? Dare you to find one of those in a junkyard. The 67 GT 500 had the heaver duty C6 transmission or the Ford top-loader 4 speed.
It doesn’t seem like Shelby did much to even identify the 67 GT 500 as a Mustang, maybe because of the classic lines they didn’t feel like it was necessary or maybe they just wanted to set it that much further apart from the more traditional Fords. In 1967 they made the front of the car 3 inches longer using fiberglass hood and other nose pieces. In the style that would look a lot like the 1969 Mustang Shelby mounted two driving lights at the very outside edge of the special Shelby replacement grill. Like in earlier models Shelby also put a larger opening in the fiberglass front valance to help with cooling the big block hidden under the restyled fiberglass hood. The interior of the 1967 Shelby was very similar to the deluxe interior of the 1967 Mustang. But even on the interior Shelby remove the direct reference directly to Ford. The door sills on the Mustangs read Product of Ford and on the Shelby’s those were replaced by a plate that read Shelby American Inc.”. All of the 67 Shelby’s had the wood rim steering wheel with brushed three spoke stainless interior. They also sported a 140 MPH speedometer and a 8000 RPM tachometer. They also had the fold down rear seat. Of special note was the 427 GT 500. Less than 50 427 1967 GT 500 were made with the 427 engine. These certainly are cars of legend, in all my years of working with Mustangs and Shelby’s I have never seen one. Count yourself among a select few if you have one in your garage.