The tires we used in this frame build are Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs. The NT555 has one of the largest contact patches available, and is made of a specially formulated compound that not only gives amazing traction in dry weather conditions, but also has an extended tread life when compared to some of the other softer-compound tires on the market. The tire size on the back is 255/45ZR18, and the front is 255/50ZR17. Why the wider/taller tire size in front? Nitto assured us that would be the best way to go, but truthfully, we can't see much of a visual difference when compared side by side. When we read the instructions for the rear brake kit, we found that we had to modify the OE axles and hub a bit. Depending on what type of 12-bolt rear end and axles each car is equipped with, the outer hub might need to be machined down in order to fit into the disc brake hub. Not all 12-bolts are exactly the same. Luckily, we had a lathe handy. While we were at it, we replaced the studs with newer, longer wheel studs. No matter what, the axles will have to be removed in order to install the new rear rotors. When we read the instructions for the rear brake kit, we found that we had to modify the O The rotors will fit with no problem now. All that's left is to bolt on the rear calipers and attach the e-brake cable. You may have noticed that we have no pictures of shocks. For the time being we're using the lowest-priced Gabriel gas shocks, something around $12 a pair. When we take the car out to the track and test it, we will further tune it with new highperformance shocks. The rotors will fit with no problem now. All that's left is to bolt on the rear calipers a In order to get the Elco frame rolling and looking good, we went to Coy's Wheels and ordered their C-57 Grey wheels. We got 17x7s in the front and 18x7s for the back. Coy's has some of the best prices for wheels on the market, and they look great on this El Camino. In order to get the Elco frame rolling and looking good, we went to Coy's Wheels and order The final rolling product. Once we freshen up the 454 Rat and put a performance exhaust on it, we guarantee this car will make it out on the track for quartermile, slalom, skidpad, and brake testing. We're anxious to see just how well our upgrades will perform. Stay tuned. The final rolling product. Once we freshen up the 454 Rat and put a performance exhaust on After the axles have been shaved, locked, and loaded, the brackets that hold the calipers are bolted to the axle housing. After the axles have been shaved, locked, and loaded, the brackets that hold the calipers SOURCES Coy's Wheels Harrison's Restorations PST Box 396 Montville NJ 07045 800-247-2288 www.p-s-t.com Performance Online Master Power Brakes 254-1 Rolling Hills Rd. Mooresville NC 28117 704-664-8866 www.mpbrakes.com Classic Tube 80 Rotech Drive Lancaster NY 14086 800-882-3711 www.classictube.com Nitto Tire Dept. MM&FF 6261 Katella Ave. Cypress CA 90630 Moog Contact: Michael Proud 26555 Northwestern Hwy. Southfield MI 48034 « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article By Mike Harrington Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!