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1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z LB9 TPI T-Top coupe. Model features detailed interior and exterior, detailed engine compartment with Tuned Port Injected 305 V8, working steering and suspension, removable T-Tops, and opening hood, doors, and rear hatch.
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1987 Camaro IROC-Z front right

The 305 4 bbl carb engine and 305 TPI with 5-speed manual transmission, were available for the first time on the IROC-Z28. The new 350 (RPO code L98) was only available in the IROC-Z and only with an automatic transmission. The TPI 350 motor was visually distinguishable from the TPI 305, as the bumper cover decal had "5.7L" added to the "Tuned Port Injection" decal. It can also be determined by checking the VIN (8th character, F=305, 8=350). The 305 TPI equipped with automatic transmission came with 190 hp while the Manual 305 TPI got a 215 hp (160 kW) rating. The 350 L98 gave a boost to 225 hp @ 4400 and 330ftlb @ 2800. All V8 engines received hydraulic roller lifters and new valve cover/head design. Valve covers featured new sealing and center bolts in the valve covers. Heads featured new raised lip for improved valve cover sealing and the two center intake bolts were changed from 90-degree orientation to 72 degrees. G92 and L98 cars got the Borg-Warner HD 7.75-inch (197 mm) four pinion rear end, produced for GM Holden's Limited of Australia (Firebird WS6 cars went to this unit in 1986). These units can be identified by their 9 bolt (rather than 10) differential cover that has a rubber drain plug. The Borg-Warner logo is also cast into the bottom of the differential case. This rear axle came with tapered rather than straight roller bearings and a cone-clutch rather than disc-clutch limited slip unit. These units came painted black from the factory while most others were bare metal. All 1987 350 TPI L98 IROC-Z's required 3.27 gears, J65 rear disc brakes, G80 limited slip differential, and KC4 engine oil cooler.

1987 Camaro IROC-Z front left

The largest visual change this year was the CHMSL (third brake light) was now mounted inside the rear spoiler instead of on top of the rear hatch (except the base coupe without the spoiler option - on those cars it remained on top of the hatch like the previous year). The Berlinettas were no longer available this year, replaced with a new LT model, while the base Camaro and Z28 continued as before. 145 mph (233 km/h) speedometers became standard in the IROC-Zs and Z28s, the base Camaro and LT got a new 110 mph (180 km/h) unit. The 2.8 V6 and 5.0 carbureted V8s carried on with no changes.

1987 Camaro IROC-Z front upper left

Other big Camaro news was a Camaro convertible that was introduced for the first time since 1969 as a regular production option. Available on the Sport Coupe, LT and IROC-Z, the conversion was performed on t-top equipped Camaros by ASC American Sunroof Company. Only 1,007 were produced in the first year of production. 1987 marked the 20th anniversary of the Camaro and the convertibles were considered the anniversary editions and were signified by a special dash badge that read "20th Anniversary Commemorative Edition". Some 1987 T-Top models were made into convertibles by ASC after the customer took delivery. This is why there are some convertibles with the body VIN code of 2, meaning they were coupes, not convertibles (which have a body VIN code of 3). This was also the last year of production at GM's Norwood, OH facility as sales continued to decline therefore resulting in production reduced to the Van Nuys car assembly plant located in Southern California.

1987 Camaro IROC-Z side left

This model represents an LB9 TPI 305 V8 IROC-Z with a T-5 manual 5-speed transmission, T-Tops, and the non-performance rear end.

1987 Camaro IROC-Z rear

1987 Camaro IROC-Z side right

1987 Camaro IROC-Z front

1987 Camaro IROC-Z t-tops

1987 Camaro IROC-Z top

1987 Camaro IROC-Z bottom

1987 Camaro IROC-Z crossmember

1987 Camaro IROC-Z front upper left everything open

1987 Camaro IROC-Z engine compartment

1987 Camaro IROC-Z interior left

1987 Camaro IROC-Z interior right

1987 Camaro IROC-Z rear upper right everything open

1987 Camaro IROC-Z drivetrain

1987 Camaro IROC-Z drivetrain closeup

1987 Camaro IROC-Z drivetrain engine closeup

1987 Camaro IROC-Z drivetrain bottom

1987 Camaro IROC-Z body

Info courtesy Wikipedia.



Comments

 I like it 
  February 13, 2017
This is incredible. My friend has an '86 that he's put a lot of love into. I snapped a few pictures of it just yesterday. He's going through some tough times and I would love to build this for him. Would there be any way I could get this build from you?
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  May 1, 2016
Very nice IROC-Z! Well done!
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  April 5, 2015
Awesome job!
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  February 26, 2015
Sweat Camaro, so many nice details I don't even know where to start! You must really like 80's muscle, maybe you could build an 82 Trans Am "KITT" next? :p Great work!
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  February 23, 2015
Quoting Kurt's MOCs Great work! The louvred hood is exceptionally nice as are all the details.
Thanks! Have you seen ReBrick's blog today? :D
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  February 23, 2015
Great work! The louvred hood is exceptionally nice as are all the details.
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  February 20, 2015
nice job!:D
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  February 20, 2015
Great details and very nice overall appearance.
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  February 19, 2015
The front is really brilliant.
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  February 19, 2015
Quoting Dave Slater Very nicely done!!
Thank you! I saw your Corvette a while back, I love the lines on it. My other Third Gen Camaros are on Flickr, once the rest of the images are ready they'll be added here as well.
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  February 19, 2015
Very nicely done!!
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  February 19, 2015
What a fabulous creation! Keep building cars! Well done ! 5/5 (ps: a little point of criticism would be the wheels; I think they're a bit small.)
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  February 19, 2015
Fantastic build. A highly detailed and well engineered masterpiece. 10/10 Bravo and well done.
Justin Davies
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Matt Bace
  February 18, 2015
Nice job! The detailing on the hood and the front end is really well done, as is the drive train. The engine is pretty easily recognizable for those of us familiar with this generation of Camaro.
 I made it 
  February 18, 2015
Quoting Matt Bace Nice job! The detailing on the hood and the front end is really well done, as is the drive train. The engine is pretty easily recognizable for those of us familiar with this generation of Camaro.
Wait until you see under the hood of the 1983 Z28 model I built!
 I made it 
  February 18, 2015
Quoting eric s NO WAY, nice choice of car man!! this is one of the cars i remember seeing a lot during my childhood. how fun was it coming up with that front end? it looks sharp along with the interior! and the T-Tops! too cool, too cool :D
The nose was the make-or-break of the entire project. I new I could figure out the sides of the body and the rear hatch, but that nose with its compound angles was a definite challenge. I'm rather proud of the final solution!
 I like it 
  February 18, 2015
NO WAY, nice choice of car man!! this is one of the cars i remember seeing a lot during my childhood. how fun was it coming up with that front end? it looks sharp along with the interior! and the T-Tops! too cool, too cool :D
 
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