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  1. #1
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    68 Clamato - Pro Touring Build

    Hey everyone, new to the forum here. I've had this car for a while and decided to finally go pro touring. I figured I should share the build some where so here I am! This is how the car looked when i first got it.

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    And here's what it looked like this summer, did a bunch of work since I bought it. Built a custom aluminum cluster as well as a bunch of interior work, 4 speed trans, suspension work, complete wiring ect.

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    Then on the way home from work the front wheel broke off and put an end to the summer:
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    So I decided to tear it all down, fix the rest of the issues it had and make it handle like it should. I bought a 1989 Toyota supra and stole the suspension and big brakes off the car as well as the differential and plan on using it under the Camaro. As luck would have it the cars are identical dimensional wise as well as similar in curb weight. I bought a 427 tall deck for it, i considered going LS, but I liked the rawness of the old school iron. But I do plan on sticking a magnum behind it so I have more gears to row. As well I will be dropping the motor lower and pushing it back a few inches for weight distribution. This means I will probably have to go to a front mount distributor.

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    And here is where I am at right now. I've done a bunch of metal work to replace what I didn't like.

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    Cool.
    Good time/reason for a makeover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikeike View Post
    Cool.
    Good time/reason for a makeover.
    Thanks man, I though so to. Was almost a sign to just do it finally.

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    Finished the custom floors
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    And a few more. Hereís the custom rear subframe mocked up
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    Almost forgot, Iím going to get real fancy with the suspension. Hereís a teaser. Had the rocker plates and all the tab cut by cnc plasma by someone local. Did an awesome job to, the holes were exactly on tolerance.
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    Update, car now has a frame and the rear subframe is 80% done.
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    That is pretty cool! Insane suspension setup!!
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    Is the last pic of your suspension shown with it at full bump, or is that at ride height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickcornilsen View Post
    Is the last pic of your suspension shown with it at full bump, or is that at ride height?
    The left side is close to ride height but the right side is close to the bump stop. Trying to build it so my suspension sits flat at ride height under weight.


    Also on a side note, does anyone on here know how much wheel travel they get on their set ups from full extension to full bump stop? I have about 4" of travel, which is significantly less than the stock leaf spring and solid axle but from my research 3"-4" is fine for a sport/track car.

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    Began the cantilever rear set up last night. Pretty happy with how its coming along! Also really like how adjustable and tunable the suspension will be running it this way. Ride height can be infinitely changed as well as spring and damping rate without changing the coil overs. Just hoping that I will have enough total wheel travel, im to use to the droopy ****ty old leaf spring set up that they come with.


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    Got the other side in and half welded/half tacked up last night. I have no idea what I'm going to do about a sway bar, the one i salvaged from the supra has some funky bends in it that I don't need. If a guy could get a lead on just a straight torsion bar with spline ends then id be in business.

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    Another update! Finally making my way to the front end.

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    Looking killer so far. Coilover ride quality will blow your mind coming from leafs. 4 inches of travel is solid so good job there. You can alter that by changing rocker ratios as well (same thing for spring rate).

    Something to be careful about, try to make sure your suspension load is aligned through the rockers. I can't really tell if you have an issue, but having the suspension rod pushing at an angle can really stress the mounts and cause bind/premature wear. This is why you see the rockers laid over at odd angles when the shock isn't in line with the control arms like yours. You should always be able to draw a straight line through every pivot point.

    Here is an example of how to correctly redirect the loads when needed:

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    *not my car

    Notice how the rocker is angled to redirect the loads along the same plane when the shock is not inline. Hope this was helpful. Definitely not trying to say anything negative about what you've done.

    For a sway bar, I called up Speedway Engineering (http://1speedway.com/index.php?route...tegory&path=76) for my front. Just know how wide and what size of arms you want and they hook you right up. Feel free to call and pester them with questions about what size/rate since that really helped me. I thought it was a good value too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sbeck09 View Post
    Looking killer so far. Coilover ride quality will blow your mind coming from leafs. 4 inches of travel is solid so good job there. You can alter that by changing rocker ratios as well (same thing for spring rate).

    Something to be careful about, try to make sure your suspension load is aligned through the rockers. I can't really tell if you have an issue, but having the suspension rod pushing at an angle can really stress the mounts and cause bind/premature wear. This is why you see the rockers laid over at odd angles when the shock isn't in line with the control arms like yours. You should always be able to draw a straight line through every pivot point.

    Here is an example of how to correctly redirect the loads when needed:

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    *not my car

    Notice how the rocker is angled to redirect the loads along the same plane when the shock is not inline. Hope this was helpful. Definitely not trying to say anything negative about what you've done.

    For a sway bar, I called up Speedway Engineering (http://1speedway.com/index.php?route...tegory&path=76) for my front. Just know how wide and what size of arms you want and they hook you right up. Feel free to call and pester them with questions about what size/rate since that really helped me. I thought it was a good value too.
    No offense taken! I appreciate the advise. The geometry of the rear is pretty close to what you pointed out, as the linkages are almost 90* from the suspension motion. Although messing with the front last night I've found Ill run into issues with angles. So i'm going to try to do something similar to that picture you attached next.

    And Ill give them a call. I seen other universal kits online but nothing with different torsion rates yet, which is pretty important.

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    Insane build!!!!! Wow!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiva View Post
    Insane build!!!!! Wow!!!!
    Thanks man!

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