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    Default 1969 Camaro at the Roadster Shop

    Here is a 69 Camaro that we started a few months back for a local customer. He brought in a driver quality car and wanted to really take it to the next level. Unhappy with the ride, the power, the interior, or exterior, the plan was for a complete overhaul to bring the car up to today's standards. Not a full blown track car, but something that he could drive across country comfortably and still be in contention at local auto-X events.



    Still in the planning phase on a lot of things, but here are the basics to get started.
    Roadster Shop Fast Track Chassis System
    14" Wilwoods
    D/A Afco coilovers
    550-600 HP LS3
    T-56 Magnum trans
    18's and 20's
    Several subtle body mods
    All black with matte black and red accents

    Original car










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    Disassembly revealed a few surprises:








    Off to be media blasted

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    The body ended up in worse condition than we had originally thought. It was not horrible, but not great. Some one had patched the floors and did a custom quarter panel installation on both sides. The doors and fenders had some previous work as well. The car now needed floors, quarters, door skins, and lower fenders.







    The body was then squared and fixtured and the panel repair began.


    Floor and firewall were cut out to begin repairs.

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    The chassis was built while we were waiting for parts to come in.


    New center crossmember design that will be used on all production chassis.


    New mid and side braces added in to the chassis to increase rigidity as well as add detail.





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    wow good work!!!!!!! too bad the car was in that bad of shape the way some people "fix" things is crazy i work at a tire store had some one duct tape there tire that was coming a part just to get them by for the next week or so... they have a full size spare!!!!

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    Phil,Jeremy,Once again you guy's are off too a outstanding start.Can't wait too see another great project come togather.Scott M.

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    You guys wouldn't be know off hand what brand of black cabinets are in the picture when the car is on the rack. I am putting cabinets in the garage and like the design. The frame looks awesome as well. Can't wait to track the progress.

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    What lift is this?? It looks like it is recessed into the ground when not in use!
    Confucius says, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life"

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    you guys do some amazing work so im sure this is no sweat for ya.............. maybe one day i can get into a shop like yours
    keep the wheels a spinning and the Beavers a grinning(burt reynolds-smokey and the bandit)

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    Thanks Scott and Craig.
    Last edited by ROADSTER SHOP; 08-08-2011 at 06:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kochevy67 View Post
    You guys wouldn't be know off hand what brand of black cabinets are in the picture when the car is on the rack. I am putting cabinets in the garage and like the design. The frame looks awesome as well. Can't wait to track the progress.
    The cabinets are made by Rousseau. Definitely quality pieces.

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    I always enjoy these threads...thanks for sharing. Awsome work, BTW.
    1970 RS/SS350 139K on the clock:
    89 TPI motor w/ 1pc rear seal coupled to a Viper T56 via Mcleod's modular bellhousing w/ hydraulic T/O bearing from the Viper, 12 bolt rear w/ 3.73 gearing, SC&C upper control arms, factory lowers with Delalums, C5 brakes at all four corners, Front Wheels 17x8's with Sumi 255/40/17 and Rear Wheels 17x9's with Sumi 275/40/17.
    Brief description of the work done so far can be found here: http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112454


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    Quote Originally Posted by absintheisfun View Post


    What lift is this?? It looks like it is recessed into the ground when not in use!
    The lifts in the assembly room are by Rotary. Both are in ground lifts so we could have a smaller foot print, cleaner look, and easier to work with out the upright poles in the way.

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    Awesome, so did the customer freak when you told him the bad news on the body?
    Beautiful shop!
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    Renderings of the car completed by Chris Gray. We are going for a modernized version of the 1969 Camaro with a few subtle details to enhance the look with out taking away from the original lines of the car.



    Last edited by ROADSTER SHOP; 08-08-2011 at 12:50 PM.

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    Thats going to be a sexy car!
    1969 Pontiac GTO
    -The Nameless project.

    0331, USMC, Semper Fi.

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    Can you get that exhaust setup with the stock fuel tank? Great rendering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROADSTER SHOP View Post
    The cabinets are made by Rousseau. Definitely quality pieces.
    Thanks a lot I want to order a set in the next couple months before our dreaded winter arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pw2006 View Post
    Can you get that exhaust setup with the stock fuel tank? Great rendering!
    looks to me like the car is going to be mini tubed and i think if you tub a first gen you need a diff. tank

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    Another awesome build from you guys..

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