Fabrication Showcase: Sharon’s Chevelle Gets A Custom Front Bumper, Exhaust System and More
Everyone at RideTech is proud to work for a company that makes great suspension products. But, we are even more proud to work for a company that can build trophy-winning street machines and race cars as showcases for our great products. It’s really cool to watch our parts come to life in the form of custom-built cars. For example, with the help of friends, we built an entire Camaro in just eight days (eight six hour shifts) last month. Also, Chris Smith and the crew at Smitty’s Custom Automotive are running at wide open throttle to finish the new Track 1 Camaro in time for the fast-approaching race season.
…and then there’s Sharon’s Chevelle. This project is progressing at a more conservative pace. While the 48 Hour Camaro used 100% bolt-on parts, the Chevelle features countless hand-fabricated touches — literally from bumper to bumper. We’re building this very special car to drive, but also to show.
In this update, we are showcasing the front sheetmetal including the fenders and the front bumper, in particular. In raw form, the front bumper appears to be carved from a solid block of steel. In fact, it has been expertly hand sculpted from sheetmetal for a modern appearance. More work is being done at the front of the car. For example, the filler panel between the grille and the bumper is on deck for modification as is the radiator mounting.
Underneath, the Chevelle’s exhaust system has been hand-fabricated from the header collectors to the tailpipes using Borla stainless steel mufflers, flex joints, and one-off hand fabricated hangars. The entire stainless steel system will be polished. There is a little more work to do on the exhaust system, but as is the case with the entire car, the progress is really coming into focus.