“Hot Rod Garage” Gives its 1969 Chevy El Camino a New Set of Suspenders
Whether you love or hate the Chevrolet El Camino (and we personally love it), you have to respect the time, effort, and resources that go into a first-class build. That’s just what our friends at Hot Rod are aiming for with their 1969 El Camino, which is featured in this month’s “Hot Rod Garage,” embedded below.
Host Mike Finnegan joins forces with John Meadows from suspension manufacturer RideTech to give the A-Body a complete overhaul, including a four-corner coilover system, triple-adjustable dampers front and rear, tubular front control arms, new sway bars, and negative-camber drop spindles, among other bits that tie everything together.
Mike and John have experience with the GM A-Body, so they offer their own tips and tricks on how to work with the nearly 40-year-old platform. With the new suspension installed, the guys adjust the ride height, and the El Camino heads to the autocross.
There, Mike meets James Crosby, also from RideTech, who sets the rebound and compression to get the El Camino set up perfectly for the track. With James’ tweaks, the El Camino circles the track in 38.2 seconds, one full second quicker than before. While that may not sound like much, one second over such a short course is a substantial improvement. The El Camino’s previously installed Wilwood brakes and massive rolling stock help here as well.
If you want to learn more about Hot Rod’s project El Camino, head over to the Motor Trend Channel for all the “Hot Rod Garage” videos.
Source: Motor Trend Channel