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Old 08-01-2009, 09:33 PM   #1
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Arrow 2010 Camaro SS Racecar build for NASA's American Iron series

Hi Guys,

Not sure if I'm in the right forum or not for this post - if not, mods please forgive and move to the appropriate area...


One of our customers is having us build a new (and I mean NEW) racecar for him and I thought I would post a link to the website here in case you were interested in watching Carriage House Custom Automotive's website and build progress..

This is going to be an exceptionally nice racecar that's being built to run in NASA's American Iron series. Hopefully we'll be able to get Homologation into the SCCA's American Sedan class as well..

Transformer's Bumblebee on the track?

BUIILD UPDATE:
http://www.carriagehousecustoms.com/.../2010-SS1.html










There's been a few updates now..

We're still working on getting all the component weights logged into a spreadsheet and then onto the website.

Just an FYI -

The Tremec TR6060 weighs a svelt 156#
It's cooled by an oil cooler in the radiator and the pump is (edit) built into the front of the trans.

The roll cage started going in this week and will be finished soon.. We're hoping to have this car done in time for the NASA Nationals...

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Old 08-01-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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That looks like fun. Can't wait to see the final product.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:43 PM   #3
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:52 PM   #4
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Drool! This is the real stuff! I hope it turns out to be the baddest beast on the circuit making the Saleens cry with dust in their eyes, and make us desk jockies cream our jeans!

Thank you for doing this!
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:27 AM   #5
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This is going to turn out AWESOME!
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:59 AM   #6
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now i know why the center hump gets so warm. look where the catalytic converters are. :-)
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:28 AM   #7
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I have already bookmarked your website. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:41 AM   #8
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Talk about money to throw away.Lol. Can't wait for the finish product
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:43 AM   #9
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:05 AM   #10
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I'll be watching this one...
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Old 08-02-2009, 08:23 AM   #11
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Thanks guys...

At 3,840# with 3/4 load of fuel, you can see this girl needed to go to Weight-Watchers.. Gradually she's shaping up and will be one very wicked contender on the track.

Heat / Cat Convertors - Yep - it's all pretty much isolated right there..

Here's some other shots of the exhaust system and components;

The whole 9 yards - This system weighs in at 75# not including the manifolds and cats;


The Balance Tube (H-Pipe)


The Resonators


Big-Mufflers


Cast Iron Exhaust manifolds (although they look like they'd flow well)


Replacement Doug Thorley headers (5# lighter than the iron manifolds)

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Old 08-02-2009, 08:58 AM   #12
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Holy crap this is the EXACT kind of build I've been wanting to see!! Thanks for keeping us informed!
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #13
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Those headers are sweet. Please, please, please, put sidepipes!
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:35 AM   #14
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Way to go! Thanks for sharing and keep it coming.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:53 AM   #15
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GM called they are wanting to know if you want to extend your warranty? What should I tell them??? LOL Looks sweet guys!!!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:31 AM   #16
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Thanks guys.. We'll keep posting updates as we can..

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Those headers are sweet. Please, please, please, put sidepipes!
Twist my arm....

We'll probably be doing exactly that but at this time I think we may put them both out the passenger side - we're just not sure yet..
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:40 AM   #17
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:54 AM   #18
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:02 PM   #19
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great build up, thanks for keeping us posted. Cant wait to see her finished.
Side pipes are going to be sweet.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:10 PM   #20
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I thought GM was going to offer a "body-in-white" for the explicit purpose of building race cars. It's a shame to take a street car and strip everything to get down to that point. So much more work and money.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:34 PM   #21
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I'm anning side exhaust for mine as well... Curious why you'd dump both to pass side vs one on either side??

Also, those Thorley headers are super sweet... What's typical cost for them?

SERIOUSLY interested in watching this build! Now if I could only get a build date for my 2SS/RS!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 03:58 PM   #22
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I thought GM was going to offer a "body-in-white" for the explicit purpose of building race cars. It's a shame to take a street car and strip everything to get down to that point. So much more work and money.
The BIW is not going to be available until sometime in 2010.. Something to do with a bankruptcy I heard...

Also - there's a number of other advantages to starting with a complete car - If you're not building a drag only car, you'd pay a fortune for the front and rear suspension alone since they're not sold in complete assemblies. Then you'd still have to buy the engine/trans, ECU, Wiring harness etc... Lotsa parts....

I've done it this way with late model Corvettes as well and we ended up coming out better in the long run over buying the shells on a dolly..

You are right though - it's a ton of work to get it to this point. Especially when everything has been uninstalled with the express intent of making parts re-sale worthy.. I believe there are some salvage yards and a few body shops that are already interested in all of the parts..
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:03 PM   #23
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I'm anning side exhaust for mine as well... Curious why you'd dump both to pass side vs one on either side??

Also, those Thorley headers are super sweet... What's typical cost for them?

SERIOUSLY interested in watching this build! Now if I could only get a build date for my 2SS/RS!!
As a driver (not of this particular car) - I like the exhaust to be away from me so I have a better chance of hearing my traffic, my radio, or if there's something going wrong with the car... Also - Most tracks have sound control on the outside of the track - this is where they take the sound pressure (db) readings... If you're over the sound limit, they throw the black flag on you and you're pretty well done unless you can make the car quieter.. Most Roadrace tracks we run at are run in a Clockwise Direction - putting the driver's side of the car to the outside of the track.

I think the headers were around $500 - I don't recall for sure. I think they could have done a better job on the collectors myself..
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