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

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    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

    It's been said numerous times that the lack of durability of the T5, cost, and certification were the biggest reasons GM didn't give the L98 cars a manual. Horrible decision. I really don't think the Corvette was the reason because Camaros had powerful engines with manuals that rivaled the Corvette before and after the 3rd Gen. I recall reading that the Mustang's T5 was somehow different/stronger also. It's a shame because stock for stock, the 5-Speed L98 would have shut down all 5.0s easily being the more powerful engine and being able to get more power to the ground than the automatic, along with some extra weight loss. It's good that this mistake was never repeated.
    Z28 is once again a top model Camaro. Victory achieved!

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    I've been thinking of buying one of these to restore. Thanks for posting!
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

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    It's been said numerous times that the lack of durability of the T5, cost, and certification were the biggest reasons GM didn't give the L98 cars a manual. Horrible decision. I really don't think the Corvette was the reason because Camaros had powerful engines with manuals that rivaled the Corvette before and after the 3rd Gen. I recall reading that the Mustang's T5 was somehow different/stronger also. It's a shame because stock for stock, the 5-Speed L98 would have shut down all 5.0s easily being the more powerful engine and being able to get more power to the ground than the automatic, along with some extra weight loss. It's good that this mistake was never repeated.
    The durability questions surrounding the manual's ability to handle the torque of the 350 was definitely the reason given for automatic-only at the time.

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

    That was the reason they gave publicly, but there was likely a little more to it. They could have easily given them the same manual as the Vette. I agree with you on their reliability. They always treated me good and seemed alot more reliable than many newer cars out there.
    Z28 is once again a top model Camaro. Victory achieved!

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    Its spring time and time to pull them 3rd gens out of the garage into the sunlight!

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

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    Its spring time and time to pull them 3rd gens out of the garage into the sunlight!
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    Its finally spring in Syracuse NY and I pulled my 84 Z-28 out of the garage and
    into the sunlight!
    Buffed the faded paint (NC car with a sunburn)out to a nice shine over the winter.
    Bought one of those mousefur over plastic replacement headliners and installed it.



    Lots o fun to ride with a nice sounding exaust with enuff back pressure to snap n pop
    a bit when rollin' up to a stop and turn heads to boot!
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    Re: Buyer's Guide: 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro Heavy Metal Thunder

    WELL.......
    Its that time again to break out the trusty ol' Buick winter rat and park the Z-28 in the garage for its long
    winter sleep...................

    Been a nice warm no rain summer for crusin' !

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    Sadly again its almost snowtime here in central NY and time to break out the trusty old
    Buick winter rat and put the Z in the garage for its winter sleep.

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    Its finally spring in Syracuse ! Time to break out the Z-28 for summer fun!
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