RAM Clutches’ modest beginnings date back to 1972. From the back room of an OEM clutch rebuilding operation in Canton, OH, John Norcia and his then partner, Ray Bickar, began designing and building better race clutches for a group of local competitors, who were fed up and demoralized with their clutch performance. At the heart of this program lay the radically new RAM three-paddle ‘Cleaning Lady’ clutch disc. Until this time most racing clutches were constructed of organic materials, which provided neither the durability nor the consistency needed for competition. Though Ram forged ahead with a new poly-encapsulated spring design—pioneered and patented in 1978—the three-paddle disc evolved into the current six-paddle design, and continues to be reintroduced by various clutch specialists long after its original introduction in 1976!
Today with the resurgence of factory muscle cars, RAM is heavily involved in providing clutch solutions such as the Street Dual and hydraulics systems that allow for major modifications to the vehicle, yet still provide good street driveability, which is the premise today for all RAM Street-Strip clutch systems.
Rick’s Camaros is your one-stop shop for 1978 Camaro parts. The 1978 Camaro was a Second Generation F-Body Camaro, spanning from years 1970-1981. 1978 included the Rally Sport Coupe, Type LT Rally Sport Coupe, Z28 Coupe, Type LT Sport Coupe, and Standard Coupe. 1978 saw the last design facelift for second gen Camaros, with body fronts and rears getting new grille and taillight designs. The Rally Sport became two distinct models and had a two-tone paint scheme that separated hood, tops of front fenders and doors, and part of the roof from the remainder of the body with tri-color striping. The Z28 featured the 350ci engine with 185hp, black grille and other trim, specific hood with scoop, front fender, front and rear spoiler decals, wheel house and rocker panel accent stripes, sport mirrors, and a “string” wrapped steering wheel. Also included were sport suspension, power brakes, 4-speed manual transmission, and special dual-exhaust. Improvements in 1978 included a better-isolated exhaust system for 6-cylinder models, added front frame reinforcements, and a charcoal filter to absorb corrosive fumes in the power brake booster vacuum line.
In addition to carrying 2nd Generation 1978 Camaro parts, Rick’s Camaros has parts for all Camaro models available. We have all the parts and accessories you need to help restore your Generation Two 1978 Camaro, at the best prices! Trust Ricks for all of your restoration and replacement needs for your racer, show car, street rod, or daily driver.