Timeless Kustoms | Big Bad Lucy: 1969 Camaro


Our customer brought us a beautiful 1969 Camaro, with a sweet resto-mod look and a classic houdstooth interior. Unfortunately, like so many cars before it, we found that the previous restoration had been performed for cost and not quality, and the result was pretty sad. After breaking down the car, we found the entire firewall to be rusted out, we found 12 pounds of bondo on one rear panel alone, hiding some of the worst body rust we’d seen in a while. We stripped back the rust and starting building back from there.

After working over months with our client on detailing out the design of the car that he ultimately wanted to drive, we came to something that we knew we’d all be very proud of. First, a Morrison front clip, welded through the chassis. 4-link DSE rear suspension, C6 Z06 front componentry, mini-tubbed rear, fully fabbed undercarriage for maximum ground clearance and minimal ride height. A full roll cage. An LSA engine with an LS9 cam and upgraded supercharger pulleys. ABS and Traction Control.

We felt that this combination would provide power and handling balance, optimal front/rear weight ratios, and the kind of very reliable performance that our client needs for a daily driver. But special attention was paid to the bodywork.

Not a single panel went untouched. We fabricated custom touches everywhere, to bring the body up to modern spec and to give the vehicle the ‘understated elegance’ that the client voiced he wanted integrated into such a high performance hotrod. Integrated spoiler, Corvette door handles, molded rain gutters, exaggerated character lines, even a fabricated bumper for custom integration of radar/laser detector equipment.

As of this update, we’ve completed the bodywork (one of the most extensive efforts we’ve undertaken on a single car), we’re sealing the car and readying it for paint. We’re really excited to get the car into Assembly and see her on the road – this is going to be a beautiful vehicle with incredible performance characteristics, and still be a totally agreeable ride for daily commutes and weekend trips to the track.