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  1. #1
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    Default 1969 Camaro build

    So I figured it might be time to start a build thread. I bought this car in January of 2010 with the intention of doing a pro-touring build. The priorities were for it to be powerful but street friendly, modern handling, and a nice interior. The initial basic plan was:
    • LS engine
    • 6 speed manual
    • aftermarket front subframe
    • aftermarket rear suspension
    • mini tub
    • matte paint job
    • custom interior
    I spent a lot of time looking for the right car. I wanted to find one that either had no engine/tranny, or one that was blown up so I didn't have to spend a ton of money on a car with parts I knew I wouldn't need. At the same time I wanted a rust free, or mostly rust free shell to work with since I have no experience doing body work. I found this one in Sacramento owned by a guy who's business was not doing too well. He spent a lot of money on it already by having the outside of the body bead blasted and primed, and having most of the metal replaced. Everything looked like it lined up pretty well when I went to look at it. The first set of photos are of the work that he had done back in 2004. The car had been sitting in his garage since then collecting dust.








    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front


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    This is how the car looked when I brought it home.





    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    After I found the car, the first order of business was to decide on and find a motor.
    I found a stock LS3 out of a 2010 Camaro with only 14 miles on it. At minimum, I will have the cam changed but I am also considering stroking this motor; am having a hard time justifying the cost though. We will see.

    Then I was able to locate a T56 out of an 05 GTO.



    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    I was able to find a second hand, unused Chassisworks front subframe for a good deal. I did end up changing out a couple of the parts it came with though. I upgraded the upper control arms to the fully adjustable ones, the front coil overs to dual adjustable, and the manual rack to a power rack. I got it with Willwood 6 piston calipers, and 14" slotted and crossdrilled rotors.


    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    So I took the front end of the car off and installed the front subframe to get an idea of the stance and start measuring for wheels and tires.
    All the blue tape on the floor was laid down so I could drop a plumb bob in several locations, mark those locations on the floor, and take accurate measurements for the wheels.



    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    I also put in a DSE tub kit.



    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    I agonized over the wheels/tires for about two months. So many options, and not knowing for sure what I wanted to do as far as paint was concerned, I could not decide until I saw photos of John Ulaszek's 1972 Nova with a set of CCW C14's in brushed titanium. I had never seen these wheels before, but once I saw them, I knew I had to have them.
    I had a custom set made with matching 1" lips for both front and rear. The fronts are 18'X9" with a 265/35/18 and the rears are 18"X12' with a 335/30/18. I bolted the fronts on and mocked up the rears and love the way it looks. The photos don't do these wheels justice, they look incredible in person.



    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    Wow sweet project. The body looks like he did a good job so you could have a nice starting point. Nice looking garage too.
    The wheels look great.
    Wayne
    Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
    Project FNQUIK http://www.pro-touring.com/showthrea...ghlight=FNQUIK

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    Looks like a great start. I think the wheels look great.

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    Great start to another great project. Subscribed and looking forward to more updates.

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    Thanks guys. The shop is the product of an entire years worth of overtime. It is 859 sq ft and is built in my backyard.
    Unfortunately, this build is going to take some time. I spend a lot of time at work and with my wife, I usually get to work on this about once every week or so.
    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    Now that I have the wheels, I was able to put the calipers on. With the stock ralley wheels, I could not bolt on the calipers with the 14" crotors.
    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    I understand... Life happens! I have an 8 & 10 year old so it would be impossible to do mine myself. What part of the Bay are you in?

    My 69 is up in Cloverdale at West Coast Autocraft for a complete rebuild. We stripped it, replaced both qtrs., trunk, rear valance, frame rails and mini tubbed her. Installed air ride, a moser 4 link and soon a tko 600. She will be wearing Rushforth Rated X's.

    They finished the body work a couple weeks ago so now it is in line for paint. We plan on having here done for Pleasanton Goodguys in Nov.

    I will be starting a build thread soon once I get the time and more build pictures. There is no way I could get mine done myself with all the kids activities etc.

    Good luck with your build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Napaz28 View Post
    I understand... Life happens! I have an 8 & 10 year old so it would be impossible to do mine myself. What part of the Bay are you in?

    My 69 is up in Cloverdale at West Coast Autocraft for a complete rebuild. We stripped it, replaced both qtrs., trunk, rear valance, frame rails and mini tubbed her. Installed air ride, a moser 4 link and soon a tko 600. She will be wearing Rushforth Rated X's.

    They finished the body work a couple weeks ago so now it is in line for paint. We plan on having here done for Pleasanton Goodguys in Nov.

    I will be starting a build thread soon once I get the time and more build pictures. There is no way I could get mine done myself with all the kids activities etc.

    Good luck with your build!
    I am in Brentwood. I procrastinated with starting this thread for a while because it was just going too slow. Yesterday I had some time, so I figured I would go ahead an do it.
    I look forward to seeing your build, sounds nice.
    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    Nice looking project. It really seems simple looking at a thread of your build but I know the installation of those tubs took some time, just tedious work. Great job so far though looks like its gonna be a real nice car in the end.

    Ive owned my nova for 12 years and finally got to start it. Much like alot of gents here I will run out of money before time or ambition. I know how hard it can be to find the time as I work alot of overtime myself. Makes it all the more fun to work on it though when that time comes.

    Seems you keep stumbling upon good deals on parts. That always makes things nice.
    Marc Albright
    66 Nova Chevy II
    DSE chassis
    Engine Builder undecided... Any offers?
    Just starting build April 2010

    Follow my build at:
    http://www.pro-touring.com/showthrea...quot-1966-Nova

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    Quote Originally Posted by malbright View Post

    Ive owned my nova for 12 years and finally got to start it. Much like alot of gents here I will run out of money before time or ambition. I know how hard it can be to find the time as I work alot of overtime myself. Makes it all the more fun to work on it though when that time comes.
    Love love love the Nova. That is going to be one awesome ride.
    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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    Nice Camaro!! I have been working on mine 5 years!! It always nice to see somebody progress on thieir project!
    Michael Tucker
    Project "Trouble" 1969 Camaro DSE subframe, quadrilink, 13" wilwood brakes, Rated X Rushforths, LS2/T56
    1968 Camaro

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    looking good are you building this in your garage?
    keep the wheels a spinning and the Beavers a grinning(burt reynolds-smokey and the bandit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigs73 View Post
    looking good are you building this in your garage?
    Yep, thanks.
    It's my second garage, I call it my shop. Here it is before and after the build.
    I bought this house specifically because it had the space for this.
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    1969 Camaro in the works
    -LS376/480
    -M12 T56 6 speed manual
    -Chassisworks front subframe
    -Modified Chassisworks rear G-Link suspension
    -CCW C14 wheels in brushed titanium anodized finish. 18X12 8"bs 335/30/18 rear, 18X9 6"bs 265/35/18 front

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