Lets discuss for a bit the ‘69 Camaro. Nowadays, its one of the most popular muscle car to ever burn polyglass rubber on the streets. It has a solid price of about 243,000$, but no one had a clue to the magnitude of the car’s importance it would have 45 years after the final one rolled off the assembly line in 1970.
Jeff Dupont wasn’t part of 1969, but he’s old enough to see and respect the style of the ‘69 Camaro. He`s a real fan of muscle cars, with the ’69 Camaro being his favourite. According to his sayings, one day he went in Jay Doerfler’s Shop (Auto Body Specialists) in Manchester, New Hampshire, and felt what he hasn`t felt before- love at first sight. It was the’69 Pro Touring Camaro`s fault. He started building it for himself.
Jeff instantly knew that he just had to have a Camaro of hisown. He started surfing the net and pulled up a stock-looking LeMans Blue ’69 via Craigslist.
With the influence of seeing Jay’s Camaro in the shop that day still strong in Jeff’s mind, he got together with Jay and put together a simple plan to upgrade the somewhat tired F-body. Being that Jeff was focused on the popularity—and more importantly, the driveability—of a Pro Touring muscle car, the course was set. They started off with DSE drop springs and a set of Fikse Profil 5S wheels (18×9 front, 18×10 rear) wrapped in BFGoodrich KDW rubber. Jeff drove the Camaro with that setup for a summer, then soon after was ready to take things to the proverbial next level.
The follow-up act would feature a full-on Detroit Speed suspension: A hydroformed subframe went in up front while their QUADRALink system and deep tubs took up residence out back. The whole enchilada was fitted with DSE coilover shocks all around. To complement the new suspension’s ability to accept larger wheels, Jeff had the Fikses widened to 18×10 up front and 18×12 out back and added bigger meats all around (275/35-18 front, 335/30-18 rear).
A McLeod twin-disc clutch ensures the Tremec T-56 Magnum shifts smoothly. The combination musters up the strength to handle everything the Mast 427 throws Jeff’s way when he recklessly rows through the gears. A Ford 9-inch and TrueTrac with 3.73 gears are just the prescription for wreaking havoc on any asphalt playground. Baer P6 six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors on every end ensure a quaint stopping distance is just a matter of tickling the Clayton Machine Works brake pedal.
The interior reflects a combination of vintage original crossbred with modern-day performance. Mike Curley at Michael Jay Coach Triming (Epping, New Hampshire) covered the stock door panels and dashpad in black leather, laid the Mercedes black carpet, and fabbed up the custom package tray. Clayton Machine Works PT-203 window cranks add a custom touch to the scene. Black leather Recaro Specialist seats accompanied with a Simpson harness provide Jeff a performance-based perch while he grips the Hurst shifter with one hand and the Budnik Sport Split steering wheel with the other. A DSE rollcage promotes additional chassis stiffness and driver protection. Auto Meter Ultra Lite gauges populate the DSE dash insert. A Vintage Air A/C system and Kenwood head unit backed up by JL Audio amps and subwoofer, along with Focal speakers provide Jeff a cruising-in-style captain’s quarters.
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