1968 Camaro Front Suspension - A Perfect Fit

The No Fab Front Clip Requires Little Coaxing To Fit In Place Chassisworks G-Machine

Sky Wallace Nov 1, 2002 0 Comment(s)
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Three people are required at this stage of the process, with one operating the floor jack while the other two deal with the rails of the frame.

"That's why we went to stainless," Chris concluded. "There are just too many reasons not to, but pretty much the whole hot rod and street rod industry is going over to stainless for the exact same reasons. The material has real nice mechanical properties, and it also just happens to be corrosion resistant. If you get a few scratches, you can just polish them out. And it will never rust."

Before turning your attention over to the photographic portion of these proceedings, there are a few things we should mention. First of all, the Wilwood calipers used to wrestle the vented Chassisworks rotors and hubs to a stop require a minimum of a 15-inch wheel to provide the necessary clearances.

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A bit of maneuvering is required, with the front of the frame higher than the rear portion, to keep the front of the frame from hitting the valance.

We also feel compelled to remind you that this '68 Camaro did not fall into our hands in pristine shape. Some of the original steering and braking components, along with other things like the front bumper and grille, had been liberated from their posts by the time we got the car. Therefore, we have taken the liberty of substituting some photos of a much-more-intact Camaro, to more accurately show what can be expected with a typical installation of this new front subframe.

As part of this interest in providing clear photos, we also cheated by putting the car up on the Chassisworks lift. While it is easier to work with the car substantially elevated, it is definitely possible to do all the assembly work with the car on jackstands.

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With the front bushings installed, the frame is jacked up and wiggled around until the body-mounting points on the radiator-core support line up with the frame.

Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that you don't have to plunk down big cash, only to find that your assembly skills aren't up to this task (although, after watching a couple of these installations, we can verify that it's actually relatively simple and straightforward). For those inclined to explore things further than this series takes you, the photo-illustrated Installation Guide can be purchased separately.

Now, on with the show! We can't wait to get our Camaro started toward the rest of the projects that will take it from pitiful derelict to full-on delight. But first, let's get the new front clip installed. Next month will see the end of the frontend stuff, as we deal with the steering linkage (designed to work with the stock steering column) and check out the public debut of the new bolt-on subframe connectors designed specifically for this application. Stay tuned for the rest of the story!

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