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    Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro
    Heavy Metal Thunder

    By Christian Seabaugh | Photos By Jorge Nunez | January 31, 2013
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    Enthusiasts didn't have much to get excited about in the early 1980s. Former performance kings were all but neutered V-8 shadows of their old selves, and tightening fuel economy standards made it seem the malaise was here to stay. And then something changed. A new attitude was spurred on by a new style of music. Formed in the underbelly of Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, and fronted by bands like Moetley Cruee and Quiet Riot, this rising movement spurred young enthusiasts to seek out a car that matched the music and the attitude of the era. They found the 1982 Chevrolet Camaro.


    In the late '70s, there was some controversy at GM over what the next-generation Camaro should look like. Many thought performance was dead, and that the Camaro (and its Pontiac Firebird twin) should follow the lead of the rest of GM and switch to a front-drive setup. Fortunately, Camaro chief engineer Tom Zimmer and his development team leader Fred Schaafsma decided early on that handling should be the third-gen Camaro's top priority, and it demanded rear drive.


    The mandate also put the new Camaro on a diet and earned it a revised suspension. Though the traditional live rear axle remained, the old leaf springs were replaced with coils. Up front, double control arms were swapped for a pair of struts and springs. Optimization of the F-car's unibody helped the third-gen Camaro lose around 470 pounds. This paid off with 0.83 g on the skidpad and dynamic handling Motor Trend described as among the best available, bar none.

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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    You do know that I love all 3rd gen related posts!
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by Z284ever View Post
    You do know that I love all 3rd gen related posts!
    You do know that I love 3rd gens right? I often find it quite hilarious that Fox body Mustang owners say that the 3rd gen Camaros were ill handling cars when they were known for handling.
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    The 3rd gens raised the handling bar quite a bit. They were literally on par with anything in the world, including Corvette and Porsche.
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by germeezy1 View Post
    I often find it quite hilarious that Fox body Mustang owners say that the 3rd gen Camaros were ill handling cars...
    You mean those who drive a performance vehicle (for the time) with rear drums and severe snap-oversteer?
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Still drivin' and enjoyin' my 84!
    Sadly its almost wintertime and in the garage it will go till next year.

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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Moetley Cruee
    Who?

    I think I had that once in a restaurant in New Orleans....

    The 3rd gen was hot when it hit the streets, the first new F-body in 13 years.

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    Isn't it true that the 3rd gen F body had sooooo much flex that stock 5.7 IROC Z's would exhibit visible body torque while launching from a stop?
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Quote Originally Posted by MCGARRETT View Post
    Who?

    I think I had that once in a restaurant in New Orleans....

    The 3rd gen was hot when it hit the streets, the first new F-body in 13 years.
    Well yeah, their stupid friggin logo, you see it and you are like "how the **** do I pronounce that, moe etly kroy eey?"... then you hear them just ignore how they write it... ???



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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    I remember the z28 of that period beating the Porsche of that era in handling tests....

    They loved the handling. If anything it was the automatic transmission they used inconjunction with the most powerful engines and the slight weight disadvantage to the mustang that was spoken about back in the day.

    Pretty cars and well respected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBsZ06 View Post
    I remember the z28 of that period beating the Porsche of that era in handling tests....

    They loved the handling. If anything it was the automatic transmission they used inconjunction with the most powerful engines and the slight weight disadvantage to the mustang that was spoken about back in the day.

    Pretty cars and well respected.
    Only GM would make the most powerful engine available paired only with an automatic
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    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Only GM would make the most powerful engine available paired only with an automatic
    Pretty sure the 350 wasn't avail. with stick because GM didn't want the Z-28 to step on the Vettes performance
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    While there are many rumors of the entire T5 mated to the B2L L98, I'd tend to lean more toward the issue of the T5 already being strained behind the LB9. Tossing it behind the iron-headed L98 meant more risk of failure.

    With that said, Mustangs of the same vintage (and through mid-2000, IIRC) continued use of the T5. Plenty of people made big power with their 302 and a T5. Hell, one of my best friends had great luck with his T5 behind a nicely built Superram 355 in his '89 IROC.
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Heck, you couldn't even get a 350 in the official "factory" authorized ragtops.

    Possibly no stick and 350 because of EPA or CAFE rules also................

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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    The era was tough on performance cars...

    We are very lucky nowadays.....

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