“If you’ve been following along with our coverage of the 2016 Falken Tire Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge, you most likely realize that every Pro Touring machine we’ve covered so far has been an example of that particular company’s premium goodies, designed from scratch to show off their manufacturing capabilities and complete suspension packages.
The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle shown here, owned by Cedar City, Utah’s Alan Miller, is the antithesis to those builds. The car, purchased without an interior, needed to be completely restored once Miller took possession of it. A new trunk pan, rear wheelwells, one front fender, and a new hood later and it was time to prepare the car for paint.
“Being a hobbyist, I tried to restore as much as I could by myself. The biggest challenge I had was painting and prepping the car for paint. I spent countless hours in the garage buffing and sanding before giving it its first coat of Torch Red just outside my garage,” he says.
The front suspension consists of the complete Speedtech Track Time package: tubular upper and lower control arms, billet aluminum tie-rod adjuster sleeves, and the Secret Sauce Ridetech coilover kit.” A custom splined sway bar completes the package.
“In the rear, Speedtech’s Track Time package uses their Articulink design, based on one found in desert truck racing. It’s an interesting concept; the arms rotate laterally while also permitting their normal range of motion. Bind is greatly reduced and suspension travel is much smoother as a result of this configuration. The greasable upper and lower arms use Delrin bushings to improve performance and reduce flex. Ridetech coilovers are also installed in the rear of the vehicle, and one of Speedtech’s three-way adjustable sway bars is fitted into place.
Given Miller’s budget and experience level, the fact that all of the suspension parts are bolt-on products made his modification process a task he was comfortable taking on, and the results prove themselves out with the performance and driveability of the Chevelle.
The testing portion of the 2016 Falken Tire Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and it was here that Alan Miller acquitted his abilities quite well with the near-two-ton beast of a Chevelle. Packing the LS3 engine, which supplies more horsepower than the car had in its original configuration back in 1970, Miller was able to traverse the slalom quicker than the benchmark, modern Camaro SS by nearly 2.5 mph. He was also able to eat the Camaro’s lunch in the 100-yard dash, covering the distance more than half a second quicker. The road course lap time was virtually on par, as the Chevelle was half a second quicker around the circuit. The performance lends credence to the quality of the Speedtech Performance suspension products and setup, as Miller is certainly not a professional driver in a professionally prepared race machine.”