The best way to make your hot rod happy is build a comfortable, functional interior. Ridetech’s latest Chevelle project is a great example. Called the Happy Hot Rod Chevelle, the project features the right mix of pre-existing 1970 parts along with proper upgrades. These days, enthusiasts are spending more time in their hot rods. They are more likely to participate in long distance road tours, as well as drive their cars daily. As fuel injection, disc brake and other technology become more accessible. it’s important to plan for comfort, noise suppression and climate control, it’s also important to consider amenities such as seats, audio equipment and cupholders.
In this video, Bret describes the parts and plan behind the project. The Chevelle’s interior uses the right mix of original and reproduction parts plus some modern technology. While Summit Racing is well known for selling speed equipment, the iconic brand is also a great source for reproduction parts. We replaced the door panels, carpeting, sill plates, dash pad, gauge housing and small parts. The car’s original console, headliner and back seat remain. A pair of supportive, yet comfortable Cerullo seats are left over from another project.
We’ve been driving the Happy Hot Rod Chevelle for approximately four months. Seat time includes long hauls to area events. With RideTech StreetGRIP suspension, tall sidewall B.F. Goodrich Radial TA tires and a modern, comfortable interior, the Happy Hot Rod Chevelle has quickly become one of the best driving cars in the RideTech fleet. Look for a detailed driving impression with video soon.