Those serious about overhauling and strengthening a first-generation Chevrolet Camaro with a new front or rear subframe may want to have a peak at Roadster Shop’s new SPEC series 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro chassis before doing so.
Rather than adopt the typical piece-meal modification process, the company created an alternative in the form of a new bolt-on chassis with no cutting or floor mods for $9,985. A comparable price to the piece-by-piece method even before labor is factored in, says Roadster Shop co-owner Jeremy Gerber.
“What we wanted to create here was a chassis that required zero body modification,” he notes in the video above.
First, RS used digital 3d high-definition scanning equipment to scan an entire original Camaro from bumper to bumer, which provided an exact model of the original floorplan and undercarriage. “We’ve got wheel openings, we’ve got every single contour of the factory floors, the factory sub rails, and from there we begin designing the chassis,” he continued.
The team then used unique laser cutting technology to precisely cut and remove certain pieces of the frame in order to maneuver it around floor pans and other parts. “These are shapes you cannot achieve with manual-bent rails.”
Best of all, the new chassis can be bolted-on directly to the car using the existing eight bolt pattern, and installing is made even easier by the fact the rear rails on the Roadster Shop chassis will fit inboard the stock rear subrails. Sounds good to us.
It’s an informative 3-minute video and it’s definitely worth a look, even if you don’t have a first-gen Camaro in your garage, or ten-grand to spare.