New Project Car: The RideTech Track 1 Camaro

Our latest project car, called the RideTech Track 1 Camaro, is underway at Smitty’s Custom Automotive in Tiffin, OH.  The new car, a 1970 RS “Split Bumper” Camaro, will replace the 48 Hour Corvette which is scheduled to sell to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.  At first glance, our new project car may look a little rough, but it’s actually in decent shape with rust-free floors and cowl.  There is no crash damage or other major issues. The car does have some pinholes in the trunk floor as well as numerous dings and dents in the bodywork. Overall, however, this California car is an excellent starting point.

Like the “48 Hour” first-gen Camaro, the new second-gen car will maintain a stock subframe, cowl and floorboards. RideTech’s Track 1 parts accomplish exceptional performance from the original f-body subframe and platform.  Refinements developed on the current RideTech Motorsports cars are being applied to the new car. For RideTech – as with all good high performance companies – there is a never-ending loop of Research and Development borne of racing and ingenuity.

In addition to building the new Track 1 second-gen Camaro, Chris “Smitty” Smith will drive the new car in competition throughout the 2018/2019 seasons. Details and specifications will be revealed in future installments of this build series. For now, we can tell you two things: The RideTech Track 1 Camaro will be powered by a custom-built Scoggin-Dickey LS7, and Carbon Fiber body parts from Carbon Kustoms will save weight and improve weight distribution.

Many great muscle car projects start out with mismatched wheels and parts loosely stashed in the trunk and cockpit.

 

Though the floors and wheelhouses are really clean, Smitty’s will modify them to make room for subframe connectors and mini-tubs.

 

A true ground-up restoration, the uni-body tub was mounted to a rotisserie to facilitate cleaning and modification. There are lots of little dents and dings in the rust-free body.

 

The stock floors look crusty but are rust free with just some pinholes in the trunk pan.

 

The entire unibody was cleaned and prepped ahead of the installation of Detroit Speed Mini-Tubs and subframe connectors.

 

The stock subframe has been stripped and cleaned. Seams are welded to increase structural rigidity.

 

Perfect floors are nice, but really fat tires are better. In the next installment, we will weld-in the mini-tubs and subframe connectors as well as perform basic mock-up of the subframe and Track 1 suspension.

 

For more information about RideTech Track 1 Products, click HERE

To visit SmittysCustomAuto.com, click HERE

To visit Chevrolet Performance, click HERE

To visit Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Raceshop. click HERE

To visit Carbon Kustoms Facebook page, click HERE

To View other parts in the Track 1 Camaro Series, click HERE

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