1969 Chevy Camaro - LS Therapy

Steve Lenning Intended To Build A Simple Daily Driver, But That All Changed With The Influence Of His Two Sons.

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In keeping with the simple and effective theme, the engine was embellished with Katech aluminum valve covers, ATS Sidewinder accessory drive and Katech coil relocating kit. Steve also treated the engine bay to a nice garnish of billet goodies that incorporates a set of Ringbrothers hood hinges and Twist Machine fender support bars. A Woolf Aircraft 4-inch aluminum tube employed with a K&N element provides vast amounts of filtered atmosphere.

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Originally, an automatic transmission was part of the plan, but that got squashed along with the rest of the pablum-oriented components. Steve armed the Camaro with a T56 six-speed packed with Viper internals that send torque to a narrowed 12-bolt rearend loaded with 4:11 cogs, and a True-Track connected to 31-spline Moser axles.

With handling being a major part of the equation, there was no compromise in the suspension area. A Detroit Speed (DSE) Speed Kit 3 with ATS spindles up front offer a 3-inch drop in ride height, and Koni adjustable coilovers provide Steve with a quick adaption to most any driving situation. Out back, DSE once again gets the call with their Quadralink suspension; it's a refined recipe that accepts the cornering abuse Steve cooks up on a given weekend. Baer Extreme-Plus 6S binders squeeze 14-inch rotors on all four corners while Michelin Pilot Sport rubber provides the necessary adhesion when the Camaro says so.

In this world, wider is better, so Steve employed 18x12 Fikse Profil 5s rollers to accommodate 335/30/18 rear tires. With the '69 laying down a freakishly large contact patch, DSE mini-tubs were installed to expand the real estate between the rear quarters-a necessity of you want to run with today's big dogs. Up front, 18x10 Fikse's host the 245/35/18 rubber, while a DSE 600 steering box calls the quick directional shots.

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The captain's quarters were designed to provide Steve and his copilots comfort and functionality. Marquez Design door panels and OEM-style black loop carpet contribute to the modern Pro Touring vibe that pleasantly collide with the classic Camaro style. Auto Meter Ultralite gauges populate the DSE dash, while a MOMO Race steering wheel and DSE rollcage are subtle reminders that this car means business.

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The aforementioned Nick's Body Shop laid down the custom Sikkens gray exterior blend, and Marquez Design taillights, side markers, and indicator lights keep in tune with the Anvil Auto carbon-fiber front spoiler.

Even though Steve didn't start out with the g-Machine motif in mind for this '69, he's thankful for the influence his two boys instilled in the ride-especially after hanging the car out at the 2009 Motorstate Challenge on Gingerman Raceway's 1.8-mile road course. "Driving on that road course, was the most fun I've ever had driving this car, or any car for that matter," Steve says.

We know, Steve ... we know. We couldn't help but notice that grin on your face all weekend.

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