What's plastic, what's steel?
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10-31-2010, 04:36 PM #21
My 2000 SS camaro (t-tops 6speed) weighs 3,550 lbs. without me in it. That's with long tube headers and off road Y-pipe. So the cast iron manifolds and cats are gone.
My 2002 SS camaro (convertable/automatic) weighs 3,620 lbs. without me in it. That's also with long tube headers and off road Y-pipe.
Considering I weigh 200 lbs. I'm driving around (racing) at 3,750 in the T-top car and 3,820 in the vert.
These cars definately aren't what I consider featherweights. Start adding subframe connectors, roll bars, bigger rearends, larger sway bars, larger (heavier) wheels, stereo equipment, I can see these cars getting pretty porky.
Although there is alot of plastic, fiberglass, and aluminum, it's all the damn safety equipment and creature comforts that make them as heavy as they are. Impact bumpers, air bags, power brakes, steering, seats, AC, cruise, everything computerized so you also have all that electrical wiring, blah blah blah. You get the idea.
For a comparison, I can give an example of one of the older Fbodies I have.
My 70 formula, all steel (except factory fiberglass hood) all cast iron 400 ci, 400 turbo trans, factory 12 bolt chevy rearend, PS and PDB for options.
Full tank of gas it weighs 3,690 lbs.
Considering all the cast iron and steel in this car, it's really not that far off from my 4th gens that are full of fiberglass and aluminum engines.
Last edited by Firebirdjones; 10-31-2010 at 04:41 PM.
11-09-2010, 06:00 PM #22
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