Volvo has a new steering system which is designed to make its FM commercial truck easier to drive. I'll never drive one so I'll never know first hand but the commercial for it is the coolest thing you'll see today. Perhaps ever.
Once a dancing machine, ALWAYS a dancing machine! Semper Fi!
Is to fulfill her dying husband's dream.
Years of Northeast Ohio road brine have done a job on the plastic centers of these handsome alloy rims
This smoky grey (I think this actually might be purple) '93 Camaro coupe is significant because it was the first year for this particular body style. General Motors updated the "F-body" (GM speak for Camaro and Pontiac Firebird) in 1993 and it was a much welcomed and fairly successful (honestly, that's based more on critical reviews than actual sales) update of the "F" that was all new for 1982.
There isn't a bad line on the '93-'02 Camaros.
The styling was to die for and still holds up well (gulp) twenty years after it debuted. To get the swoopy, almost Corvette like curves, GM used polymer (plastic) exterior panels similar to what they used on Saturn's. These plastic panels (not to be confused with the fiberglass body used on Corvettes) don't dent but they do scratch, bend, crack and ultimately can break. There's also some shift that goes on as these cars age. The hood, fascia and front fenders of our subject are out of alignment. Finally, there's the added weight of a full frame to help support all those plastic panels. The plastic body made for some neat architecture in lieu of any weight savings. All that weight tends to deaden the performance of the 160 horsepower, 3.4 liter V-6 engine. Upside, you don't want teenagers having anything they could be competitive with in a drag race.
There's some serious bulk to this car; it feels huge. Not that it isn't but it does feel larger than it actually is. You sit low, real low in this thing; like you're sitting in a tall bathtub. Also, not being able to see any part of the hood when you're down there in the hole adds to the feeling the car is gigantic. Gigantic and dense while at the same time cramped inside.
The front passenger seating further compromised by a huge catalytic converter hump. There's no way to sit comfortably in the passenger seat of an '82-'02 F-body because the floor is pushed upwards towards the back of your legs. The back seat? Oh, you mean the parcel shelf that looks like a seat? When I had one of these (a 2002 Z-28), our boys, 8 and 9 at the time, referred to that back seat as "The Cave".
My boys HATED this car. Now they wish I still had it
I don't know if its me getting older or just mellowing out in general but I much prefer these "lesser" models of sporty cars than their top of the line, full on sport models. This '93 car is a much more pleasant driver than my brutish 2002 Z-28. The '93 has a supple, compliant ride, ample handling and decent enough power. The brakes have some ABS issues (alarming), she pulls to the right and the driver's door is a hot mess. The window doesn't roll up or down, the power lock switch is busted and the handle doesn't work so you can't get out. Oye!
My 2002 Z-28 was an uncompromising beast of an automobile and a blast to drive fast and reckless. I likened it to wearing scuba equipment. Great for scuba diving but not so great for anything else.
In comparison, my Z-28 was an obnoxious, unapologetic punk of a car whose punishing ride made me regret buying it at every turn. Now, the 310 horsepower, 5.7 liter my Z-28 had? Put that in this and you have "my car". Sorry, no dice. Never an option.
The base model of these cars is a much better daily driver than the Z-28
Despite our teenage boys protests, my up selling a rear wheel drive "sports car" along with the several weekends of projects to get it up to snuff was long putt for me to make with my wife.
I love you. But no.
The search continues!
1986 Chevrolet Camaro - The Search Continues