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 1981 Camaro parts. The 1981 Camaro was a Second Generation F-Body Camaro, spanning from years 1970-1981. 1981 included the Sport Coupe, Z28 Coupe, and Berlinetta Coupe. 1981 marked the final year of second gen Camaros, where appearance changes were limited to minor color and trim variations. New options this year included halogen headlights and locking wheel cover locks for the Berlinetta’s standard wire wheel covers. The standard Delco Freedom II battery featured a new low weight design which was more durable and less susceptible to vibration damage. The Z28 continued to feature the functional rear-facing hood scoop introduced the previous year, and the functional side fender ports for exhaust of engine compartment. All 1981 Camaros were equipped with Chevrolet’s “advanced computer command control” engine management system. Power brakes and space saver spare tires became standard in 1981. Rally Sport models were also dropped this year, and would not reappear for several years.
In addition to carrying 2nd Generation 1981 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 1981 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.