Classic Chevys are more loved for their classic lines than for their dated suspensions or even their cool sounding, but by today’s standards, power-lacking drivetrains. Given this, it’s no wonder that many gearheads opt to keep the body lines and update the rest. And that is exactly Tim Lee’s goal with his 1969 Camaro project.
It all started with a stalled project Tim found local to him in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The 1969 Camaro had been undergoing a complete restoration when the project ground to a halt. Since it was missing a drivetrain, something he would have discarded anyways, it was perfect for what he had in mind. Before work stopped on the Camaro it had been body worked straight and shot in Aztec Gold period-correct paint. Tim dug the retro color, feeling it would add to the Camaro’s sleeper status.
The first thing Tim did was to find a buyer for the car’s restored, stock suspension. Once that was handled he called up Roadster Shop and ordered one of their new SPEC chassis. He had seen one of these in action last year and was impressed with how it handled and, of course, its price. He also liked that he would be able to just drop the old suspension out of the Camaro and lower the body onto the new SPEC chassis. Easy peasy. The Roadster Shop chassis came with Afco shocks and a Strange housing (with axles) so to finish it off he picked up a Strange third member and a complete Baer big-brake kit. He was even able to order the massive 6P calipers in matching Aztec gold!
To get some bigger tires under the back of the F-body he had Phil Mandella over at PMR Racing stitch in a set of Chassisworks deep wheeltubs and add in a four-point rollbar for extra safety when he hits the track. While that was going on the chassis was blown apart and sent over to Young Gun Powder Painting in Rancho Cucamonga. The Camaro will be motivated by a 440-inch, RHS-blocked LS engine backed by an American Powertrain TREMEC Magnum six-speed transmission. It should make for a retro-cool Camaro that will handle and ride better than a modern one.
Photos By Steven Rupp