1970 Chevy Camaro - Infectious Dedication

Building A Pro Touring Second-Gen Helped Teddy Niotis Get Through The Toughest Time Of His Life.

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When building a Pro Touring ride, quality suspension components are a major part of the handling equation. Having no factory alliance, Teddy went with a combination of notables in the aftermarket suspension world. Speed Tech (upper control arms) and Global West (lower control arms) offer a 2-inch dip in ride height and provide the necessary strength and performance up front, and Hotchkis 2-inch lowering springs take care of business in the rear. QA1 adjustable shocks smooth the ride while GM C5 Corvette brakes take over stopping duties on all four corners.

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Boze Flyte wheels (17x9.5 up front with 5.5-inch backspace, 17x11 rear with 5.75-inch backspace) enhance the car's aggressive demeanor, and Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber (275/40-17 front, 315/35-17 rear) ensure the car stays planted when Teddy gets heavy on the skinny pedal.

Automotive Interiors took responsibility of the custom door panels, covered the Corbeau VX2000 seats, laid down the ACC black carpet, and installed the aforementioned Trans Am dash and center console. A compilation of Auto Meter and Dakota Digital gauges teamed up to keep Teddy in the know, and a Flaming River steering wheel offers compliance in varied corners and convincing turns. A Vintage Air A/C system keeps Teddy in a climate-controlled zone, as he'll be spending countless hours on the road. A Pioneer head unit takes charge of the tunes through a 1,300-watt sound system, featuring four Memphis 6-inch speakers and duo of Crossfire BMF 12-inch subs built by Tech Audio.

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With over three years of hard work and dedication, it was required that Teddy's Pro Touring dream make a point, so Rademakers Auto Repair in Grand Haven slathered the ride in a vibrant Scarlet Red, and Rodger Bulson took charge of the SS stripes. Although it's not something you've ever seen before, it reeks of speed and style-a Pro Touring requirement.

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"I have so many great memories of the three years it took to build this car. I've learned a lot, had way too much fun, met tons of great people who I now can call 'friends,' and have taken a negative deal and turned it into a positive experience. I can't thank everyone enough who helped out with this project. I'll remember this build for the rest of my life."

Teddy's unfortunate incident was the motivation factor in his building one of the most beautiful Pro Touring second-gens on the streets of Michigan.




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