When Chevrolet first introduced the COPO Camaro in 2011, the fifth-generation Camaro was the canvas for an all-new, factory-built NHRA Stock Eliminator drag car. As a tribute to the COPO of yesteryear, Chevrolet only produces 69 of these cars each year, making them not only unobtainium, but very expensive.
That’s where our latest project, True SStreet comes into play. Since we couldn’t find enough credit cards to cover the cost of a real COPO Camaro, we decided to build something close, hence Project True SStreet. Before we could begin building our project car, we needed to find one. we were fortunate enough to locate a 2014 Camaro that was the remains of a theft recovery. The car was within our price range because thieves stole the engine, transmission, most of the interior, and the wheels. The original owner’s unfortunate loss is our gain.
With our Camaro body in hand that we could use for our build platform, we began working on the project, and you can check out everything we have already done, right here.
When it came time for rearend upgrades, there really was no upgrade available, that would make the independent rearend survive the abuse we were are planning to throw at the car. Luckily, we found that Moser Engineering makes a solid axle conversion for the fifth-gen Camaro that was exactly what we needed, and you can see the complete install by clicking here.
Moser Engineering’s Jeff Anderson says, “Although it was initially designed for NHRA Stock Eliminator class racing, it can be adapted for other classes or uses as well, including extreme high-horsepower street cars that are more interested in straight-line performance than cornering. It was designed so that only minimal modifications are required as compared to other designs in the market, and comes with all the adjustability you need, right out of the box.”
In the video, you can hear Tim Irwin, of Moser’s R&D department talk about instant center, and how they designed this conversion around the instant center of previous-generation Camaros.
Although a complete R&R of the rear suspension is an involved process, it’s actually not as overwhelming a job as it might seem – as long as you’re comfortable doing some cutting and welding. This conversion package is designed to replace the entire independent rear cradle assembly, which means you not only have to remove the exhaust, fuel tank and lines, but a few assorted sheetmetal crossmembers and bracing, to allow for the installation.