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Mailbag: A Grand Plan for Boosting a Small Chevy

Hedman Hedders headers

P.W. • Rosholt, WI
Q: I have a 1984 Chevy Z28 Camaro with an HO 305 engine and 5-speed transmission. I want to increase horsepower and gas mileage while staying on a budget of around a thousand dollars. Do you have any suggestions for the parts I need to get the job done?

A: For a quick and inexpensive upgrade in power, top off your engine with a K&N Washable Lifetime Performance air filter. It’ll ramp up your Camaro’s airflow and provide superior filtration over stock. Next up, balance out the increased flow of the filter with a pair of Hedman Street Hedders. They’re specifically designed to fit like stock while generating serious power and performance. To tie your new mods together, equip your ride with a Hypertech ThermoMaster computer chip. It reprograms your engine with more aggressive timing and fuel curves for dyno-proven horsepower production. This combination of modifications keeps you in your budget range and gives you the best bang for your buck.

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