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Old 07-28-2009, 11:38 PM
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im gonna rip my a/c out of my monte to.gooood luck let us know.

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try a magnet on the trunk lid if it sticks go to the boneyard and find an aluminum one. Also the window regulators, you can use a seatbelt on the bottom of the glass and mount the latch on the bottom of the door, latched window up, pop it window down.
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One of the first things I did when i got my Camino home was remove the windshield washer bottle from the engine bay...It just looked bad anyway...

The next day I took out the windshield wiper motor. It was ugly as a mud fence to begin with! Except the deern thing weighed like 15 pounds!

Aluminum heads, intake, waterpump, and ditching the cast iron log manifold will be huge.

you could move the battery rearward.

Your car isnt familiar to me but see if there is a way to lighten the radiator core support/from bumper area. On A-bodies at least I know there is a lotta metal going on around there...
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you could move the battery rearward.
Excellent. This is one of the first things I would do. Place it in the extreme rear corner on the passenger side. There are others who will suggest larger cable, but I have used #4 welding cable for the line to run to the starter. Welding cable has many more small strands than standard electrical cable and will carry the amps. Any Ace Hardware will have insulated line clamps that will allow you to attach the cable to the frame. Use a clamp about every 18 inches. Ground the battery at the back on the frame, then pick up the ground at the frame on the front of the car to go to the starter housing. Requires 2 short pieces for ground and 1 long cable to starter.

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Ditch that pwr steering for a S10 manual box.
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:32 PM
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This was wiki'd a while back, here:

Reducing vehicle weight.

The Nose weight vs. tail weight section could use some confirmation, with more info added to the battery relocation details.
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I didn't see that anyone had posted this, and this is an old thread anyways but. Taking one pound of unsprung weight (anything not supported by the suspension) is like removing 10 pounds of sprung weight (anything supported by the suspension).
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Thanks Tomlowe523 ; just saw that the wiki article had been updated with info on sprung vs. unsprung weight.

Do we have a source we can cite for the sprung/unsprung tenfold weight factor?
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