To the rest of the world, magazine project cars seem to lead a charmed life. They go together smoothly with none of the drama that the average gearhead seems to have to deal with. Well, we’re here to tell you that’s a big lie. The cars we build in these pages experience the same hiccups and issues as the cars you build. Such is the case with our ’68, dubbed Project Track Rat. Bought for $6,000 off eBay, it was a decent roller that we later found had more than a few hidden issues. Namely, the right rear quarter had been replaced. And not just the quarter-panel. The entire rear quarter of the car was actually from a ’67. It’s amazing what a few cans of body filler can hide. We replaced the mangled sheetmetal, added a new framerail, and soon Track Rat was looking good. In fact, it was almost ready for the paint booth at Best of Show Coach Works in Escondido, California, when a friend of ours (Cris Gonzalez of JCG Customs) had an idea to stretch the quarters. Now, he had done this before on some ’69 Camaros and it looked killer, but we found out the hard way that the body lines of the ’68 and ’69 are nowhere close to being the same. At first we thought the experiment went great, but as we worked on the quarters, the proportions were just too far off. After noodling out the problem with Cris, he came up with a new way to do the quarters for the more curvaceous ’67s and ’68s, and eventually the rear of the car was reworked and looking right. That little detour, combined with other aspects of life, cost us almost two years. We’re pretty sure more than a few of you can relate.
But we’re not here to dwell on the past. We have a Camaro to build, and once again the project is moving full speed ahead. In the end, we hope to have a Camaro that’s as fun to take to the dragstrip as it is to drive around town or on any road course.
With the body now looking good, it was time to get our project to roller status, and that meant installing our Chassisworks g-Link Canted-4-Bar suspension system. This design uses four individual arms, or links, to position the rear axle under the car. It doesn’t require a Panhard bar, which saves room and weight. The Chassisworks system is also adjustable so we’ll be able to dial in just the right geometry for whatever sort of track we happen to be blasting down. So without further delay, it's time get this Camaro built and on the road.