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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 16th, 17, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ex-Drag Car suspension back to stock?

I have a 1967 Camaro RS. It was an ex- drag car with ladder bar suspension(ladders removed), tubbed wheel wells, narrowed frame rails, fuel cell. Has a 454 with turbo 400.
I want to return to stock or do a mini tub (retain back seat), I like the pro touring kind of look.
Truck pan rusted, package tray and rear supports cut out. Frame rails are 31" apart inside to inside. Part of old rear frame rails left in. Car will also need complete new floor pan, rear quarter skins or complete. Front end is stock and in good condition.

What would be the best way to go about it?
Could I reuse/modify the rear suspension for road use?
If I buy all new metal what parts should I change first?
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I have a good budget and will do most of the work myself .. Help please
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 17, 06:22 AM
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Re: Ex-Drag Car suspension back to stock?

It looks as though the ladder bars were removed. The lower leaf spring plates need spacers made so that plate is not bent. You can buy mini tub wheel houses cheap from Summit Racing. You will also need outer wheel houses.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 17, 09:10 AM
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Re: Ex-Drag Car suspension back to stock?

Ladder bars are a no go on the street. Great for drag racing but will cause serious suspension binding on rough roads. Strange combination of suspension parts. I think you have a pro touring build as the suspension isn't competitive as it sits. The springs where replaced at some point and I question how they are attached up front as the back shouldn't be that close to the rear sheet metal.

If it where mine I would install a back half kit with coil overs and a four link. A four link system is the best suspension set-up you can get. Four links are used in rock crawling four by fours, NASCAR cup racers, drag racers and by Chevy under A-body, B-body, and G-body cars. Easy to adjust to changing track conditions and you can change ride height or spring rate as easily as swapping a shock absorber.

I would keep the full wheel tubs and instead modify an existing rear seat frame (cutting and welding the wire frame) to fit the car and have an upholstery shop install new padding and a modified seat cover to look stock. Same upholstery shop can create rear side coverings with arm rests or cup holders to make it look like a stock build if that is your desire.

Personally I had little luck with anything other than a dog or groceries in the back seat as people caused the suspension to bottom out. You have to think of a Camaro as a two seater or buy a four door Nova to get a Camaro with a functional rear seat and a tad more head room. Truth be told after I bought my first Nova I never owned another first gen Camaro (a few more Camaros but they were second gens or third gens). The Nova had everything I needed in a street strip car except the pony car's good looks. This being a Camaro board I can accept your rejection of that idea.

If you are going to restore the car then I would recommend buying all replacement sheet metal to bring it back to stock. The stock wheel openings can handle a 265R60-15 tire so unless you want more rubber it won't need a mini tub which will add to the restoration price.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 17th, 17, 12:08 PM
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Re: Ex-Drag Car suspension back to stock?

I'd come to a full stop and think about what you want (pro-touring look or pro-touring function - they're very different), what your budget is, and what needs to be replaced.

There are lots of solutions for the rear suspension - from leaf springs (lots of vendors), to three links (AME) to four links (lots of vendors). I'd browse the various vendor sites, Art Morrison, DSE, Ride Tech etc. for some ideas of directions in which you could go. Once you know what you want to do out back, you can decide on stock tubs (no change to rear seat) or mini-tubs (rear seat must be narrowed).

Mike - '68 Camaro with lots of stuff done to it.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 17, 11:41 AM
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Re: Ex-Drag Car suspension back to stock?

Just to clarify, stock wells can handle 275/60/15

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