In this installment, we’re finishing the primer coats and spraying the basecoat color on the 1969 Camaro called “Lou’s Change” in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.   The color is 1974 Volkswagen Mars Red, which is about ½ way between red and Hugger Orange.   We shot the body shell in basecoat color, then masked and cleared the door jambs.   
 

Lou's Change Super Chevy

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop built 1969 Camaro "Lou's Change" was selected by the staff of Super Chevy as a recipient of their "Top 10" at the 2014 Super Chevy Show at Gateway Motor Speedway, and even got a photo in Super Chevy Magazine!  Congrats to owner Lou and the V8 Crew!

 

In this chapter, the V8 Speed & Resto crew creates a custom hood for the 1969 Camaro called "Lou's Change" featuring a new carbon fiber insert from a 2013 Camaro ZL1. The hood reflects the Steinhauser Design rendering, incorporating new design elements into the original '69 shape for a fresh take on a classic design.

 

The quarter panels were hiding rust and previous crash damage on the 1969 Camaro called "Lou's Change", so we replaced them with a pair of full quarter panels from Classic Industries. This video explains a few tips to replacing quarter panels successfully. Call us at 314.783.8325 if you'd like help with your restoration project

 

We wanted to run some big Forgeline wheels shod with Toyo Proxes R888 tires on the "Lou's Change" Camaro, but stock wheel tubs dictate the largest tire size on first generation Camaros. To gain more clearance, we installed a pair of Detroit Speed Deep Tubs while we had the body on the jig for repairs. When installed, these tubs retain a stock appearance, but they are significantly wider to accommodate wider wheels and tires to help put the power to the ground. Call the V8 Speed & Resto Shop today to order a set of Detroit Speed Deep Tubs or to have yours installed by our team.

 

In this video, we're installing a Chassisworks roll cage into our 1969 Camaro called Lou's Change. This is part 2 of the 2-part series.

 

In this video, we're installing a Chassisworks roll cage into our 1969 Camaro called Lou's Change. This is part 1 of the 2-part series.

 

In this chapter, we attacked some of the rusty metal in the floor and trunk floor sections on the supercharged 1969 Camaro called Lou's Change. The replacement panels came are OER brand pieces from Classic Industries, and the welding was handled by an HTP MIG 200 welder. The trick is to not be too aggressive when trimming the old or new pieces to make them fit tightly.

 

In this video, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew tackles some of the rusty sheetmetal on the 1969 Camaro called "Lou's Change." After a trip to the sandblaster, it was determined that they would need a variety of panels from the Classic Industries catalog to repair this Camaro's rusty tub.

 

The "Lou's Change" 1969 Camaro is going to be pushing 700 horsepower, so a stock leaf spring suspension just won't do the job. We chose a Currie 9+ housing and center section and a Detroit Speed & Engineering '67-'69 F-Body QUADRALink kit to put the power to the pavement. DSE's 4-link geometry is designed to achieve the best possible handling while still be comfortable enough to drive daily. In this video we'll show you the whole install on our '69 Camaro, "Lou's Change", and its Currie 9+ housing. Give us a call if you would like to have us install a DSE suspension kit on your car!

 

Wilwood makes brakes for race and street cars, and they continuously bring innovations to their product line. At the 2012 SEMA show, Mike Hamrick brought us up to speed on their new large diameter 1-piece rotor systems and tells us about the importance of choosing the right parts. These new kits feature radially mounted calipers for multiple adjustments, 1-piece rotors for cost savings, and a new forged caliper design with internal crossovers for strength.

 

In this installment of the "Lou's Change" 1969 Camaro build, the V8 Speed And Resto Shop crew is installing the Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission into the '69 Camaro. Although this car was originally a 4-speed manual, the modern 6-speed requires some different steps to install. The T-56 Magnum is the factory transmission behind the 640 HP Corvette ZR1, so we know it will be up to the task in our Camaro. We used a complete kit Modern Driveline after speaking with Bruce Couture about the considerations, including the size of the Toyo Proxes R888 tires and rear gear ratio of the Currie 9+ rear axle. The Modern kit came with the transmission, flywheel, clutch, bellhousing, shifter, electronic connections, fluid, hydraulic master cylinder and release bearing. We had to make some modifications to the Camaro's floor, and then we built a custom transmission cross member and used a Detroit Speed & Engineering hydraulic clutch master cylinder bracket to mount that part cleanly. This is the second part of the install.

 

In this installment of the "Lou's Change" 1969 Camaro build, the V8 Speed and Resto shop crew is installing the Tremec T-56 Magnum 6-speed manual transmission into the '69 Camaro. Although this car was originally a 4-speed manual, the modern 6-speed requires some different steps to install. The T-56 Magnum is the factory transmission behind the 640 HP Corvette ZR1, so we know it will be up to the task in our Camaro. We used a complete kit Modern Driveline after speaking with Bruce Couture about the considerations, including the size of the Toyo Proxes R888 tires and rear gear ratio of the Currie 9+ rear axle. The Modern kit came with the transmission, flywheel, clutch, bellhousing, shifter, electronic connections, fluid, hydraulic master cylinder and release bearing. We had to make some modifications to the Camaro's floor, and then we built a custom transmission cross member and used a Detroit Speed & Engineering hydraulic clutch master cylinder bracket to mount that part cleanly. This is the first part of the install.

 

In this chapter of the Lou's Change 1969 Camaro evolution, we're tearing into the front suspension of the car by removing the front clip and the original engine and subframe. We're replacing the or original subframe and suspension with a Detroit Speed hydroformed subframe and suspension system.