1968 Chevy Camaro - Gen X First-Gen

Chris Shelton Apr 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)
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If the exterior bears Jason's mark, the suspension bears the influence from the Lateral-G.net forum. Chris used the stock spindles but adapted Corvette Z06 13-inch-diameter rotors to them using KORE3 brackets. He swapped the steering box from a fast-ratio IROC unit. Turn One Inc. supplied the appropriate pump. Naturally the nose bears a heavier anti-roll bar. A 4 3/4-inch backspace on 18x8 Rushforth Rated X wheels lets BFGoodrich g-Force 245/40ZR-18 hides tuck under the fenders, despite stock-width arms.

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A narrowed Ford 9-inch and a 4 1/4-inch backspace on a set of 19x10 Rushforth Rated X wheels let Chris stuff 295/35/19 hides in the rear houses. Given all the power and traction potential, Chris elected to run Yukon 31-spline axles. To make it fun, he chose a 3:89:1 gear set and a Tru-Trac limited-slip gear carrier. To keep it relatively simple, Chris hung the assembly on a Detroit Speed and Engineering parallel-leaf kit.

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Both ends sport double-adjustable QA-1 dampers, although the fronts wear coils. Wilwood made the rear axle's 12-inch-diameter disc kit as well as the pedal assembly, master cylinders, and residual and proportioning valves. To further substantiate the car's touring cred, Chris replaced the stock tank with a stainless 26-gallon Rock Valley cell.

Like the exterior, the cockpit is a balanced blend of vintage aesthetic and modern performance. Take the seats, for example: they're Fourth-gen models that Chris cut down 9 inches. He replaced the limited gauge selection with Autometer Pro Comp Ultra-Light pieces. Chris kept the stock column and invested the money in a Billet Specialties Indy tiller.

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He replaced the meager ventilation system with a Vintage Air Mark IV heat/AC climate-control system. Once he roped the car with an American Auto Wire system, he turned the car over to Tim Norman at Classical Glass Upholstery in Black Diamond for a red-vinyl trim.

Chris and his pals, Art Strohrmann and Rob Sonnomen, reassembled the car before delivering it to J-Rod & Custom for finishing touches. Painter, Gertrudis Rodas, laid down the silver base and clear earlier on, but only after reassembly did the car get the inverted hockey stripe. "I have to thank my wife, Alyssa, for putting up things like that," Chris said, acknowledging the fact that a cloud of clear coat wafting through the house at three in the morning isn't the best thing to wake up to.

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Jared Hancock and his crew thrashed on the car, reassembling and color sanding it until Halloween, the day before Chris embarked on another crazy journey, this time to the '08 SEMA show. "The front sheet metal wasn't installed," Chris recalled." Nor was most of the trim. We had several guys working all night long to get it done."

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Just about the time he got the '68 finished up, another red herring crossed his path. Only this one came with the promise of lots of money. Not that it's a problem, mind you; Chris said he's making a crack at building cars as a business. "I built this car in my two-car garage to showcase my abilities," he said.

This particular red herring came with more than just money, too; the new owner, Nebraska collector Bryan Frank, sweetened the deal with what Chris calls, "a beautiful '71 RS." Since then, he's turned that car and is building another '68, this time with a Trans-am-style road-racing theme.

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Considering he turned junk into a jewel in one year, the future for an already-nice car looks very promising. Maybe this short attention span thing pays off after all.




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