If you have been following along with Cars Illustrated, then you might have caught the Street Stomper write up on Matt Walters 1990 3rd-Gen, if not it’s okay you can go back and read it by CLICKING HERE Since the last conversation we had with Matt, he had a terrible transmission failure from the t56. The countershaft burst through the front cover of the trans, miss-aligning the gears and ripping the teeth off of 2nd and 4th gears like a zipper. After Matt took a couple weeks to lick his wounds and formulate a plan, that ended up with a G-Force GF5R drag racing 5 speed to take the place of the T56.
Matt also knew that he would need some help in the clutch management department and reached out to Cale Aronson of Black Magic Clutches to handle that part of the equation, and make sure the little 3rd-gens clutch package would be equally at home on the street and at the track holding WOT shifts.
You all know how the next chapter starts…”it’s just a cam swap” Well the cam swap started as a conversation with Steven Balusik, chiming in at PRI, that Matt should drop in a solid roller – both agreed and now is being self-labled “Project Snow-Ball” as all the sudden what started as a simple “cam swap” to Steven and Matt, and deciding to include Jim Gray and Reid Sanders of Venom Racing Engines, to go to work on the 370s cylinder heads. From there, Matt started considering new connecting rods to keep up with the newly found RPM range and with all the changes it started to seem like there might be “too many cooks in the kitchen”
Once Jim and Reid got their hands on Matts Camaro, they realized the 7 year old build had seen better days and slew of “might-as-wells” and “what-if’s” made them realize Matts cylinder heads were becoming the bottle neck to what could be a pretty potent little small block…well, 20 minutes worth of phone calls and a set of dart ls3 pro 1’s were on their way from Cam Motion and we all know it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As Matt put it to us, “since Reid can’t leave things alone” he took what was already a set of bad ass cylinder heads and decided that they could be improved upon. So a CNC program was written and alaczam, a new monster was born. So the moral of the story is one we all know all to well…what starts off as a small upgrade and a repair to failed part, has now got Matt knee deep in the refresh of an already well-sorted car…so whats next? Camshaft selection, rockers, valves, pistons, and rods, that are all coming together into a combo that could make well north of 800 hp…so stay tuned for dyno and track tuning soon.