First-gen Camaros were designed to be great-performing cars for all-around play with a short wheelbase, wide stance, and powerful engine options. They were the workingman's stylish ride with enough street manners for enjoying the daily grind, but aggressive enough to burn some tires when the weekend arrived and the tracks opened. It just never did either of those tasks exceptionally well.
Today, we are graced with more aftermarket support to address both of those tasks than we could ever hope to use without owning 10 different cars. (We would if we could.) One such product changing the face of Camaro performance is the g-Connector system from Chris Alston's Chassisworks. Alston's chassis stiffening system is comprised of square-tube subframe connectors with a round tubular center support that creates triangulation across the chassis for superior strength. The complete system fits tightly against the undercarriage with no notching or cutting into the floor structure required. Exhaust modifications may or may not be required depending on how yours was run, but Alston's g-Connector accommodates up to 3-inch pipe with either an X or H pipe.
01 The Chris Alston's Chassisworks g-Connector system (PN 5900-F10, $719) came with everything needed to install it directly onto a factory front subframe thanks to the weld-on adapters. The subframe connectors and g-Connector fit completely under the floor and also came with adjustable mounts for the included driveshaft loop.
02 Before the frame connectors could be placed onto the car, we preassembled the subframe adapter to the frame connector with the included 1⁄2-inch Grade 8 hardware.
03 Chris Alston designed its frame connectors to share the same boltholes that were used for the front leaf spring hangers without modification.
04 Only two of the three holes were used, so the suspension did not have to be disassembled. A third mounting location necessitated drilling a hole through the floor under the Camaro's carpet.
05 Some adjustability was built into the mounting holes on the frame connector to allow proper positioning of the adapter against the stock subframe rail.
06 Because the adapter had to be welded in place, we removed the adapter to allow for the paint on the subframe to be removed with a pneumatic angle grinder fit with a sanding disc.
07 With the adapter back in place and clamped in final position, we melded the components into one with our new Miller welder.
08 A coat of black paint was sprayed over the bare metal to prevent rust and keep everything looking prim and proper. Once the clamping brackets were fit around the frame connector, we replaced the bolts and cinched them tight.
09 Chris Alston warned us the exhaust on the car had to be run tight to the floor to allow enough clearance for the g-Connector brace. Shawn Seidelman of Gibson Performance built the original stainless exhaust on the car, so it was only fitting to ask him to make the necessary changes to accommodate the Chassisworks g-Connector.
10 Starting with the rearmost mounting holes, we inserted the hardware loosely and then swung the front into place and finalized the installation of our Camaro's chassis stiffening system.
11 Here's the g-Connector subframe all buttoned up and looking great. Spanning the width of the car between the subframe connectors, this system will increase the torsional rigidity of the Camaro's unibody design. This '69 will now be a lot more fun to drive at track day events, and it will bump up the fun meter while driving on the streets as well.