The new hub-to-hub width for the Strange S60 is 49 inches. The Saunders brothers hung it with Competition Engineering ladder bars and a diagonal link in conjunction with Strange single-adjustable shocks and 250-lb/in QA1 coil springs. While they were welding on the Camaro, the boys put up an eight-point rollcage and lent some torsional stiffness to the whole with subframe connectors. The Saunders rehabbed the front suspension and retained the original subframe but inserted Moroso coils and Comp Engineering adjustable shocks. Antisway bars are not used. Mini-tubs usurp rear seat space. To reduce front-end mass, the Saunders boys used a GM manual steering box as well as the stock spindles. In the end, they wound up with more chassis than they needed, suggesting imminent power satellites.
The mostly pristine body was flogged by the brothers. Matt painted it PPG 9700 Black and PPG 9700 White, basecoat and clearcoat. Matt eschews decals so he applied the crisp SS stripes in paint.
Early street-race vibe here: a skinny Grant walnut woodgrain tiller, an Auto Meter hawker here and there, a big tach leering, and a Hurst Super Shifter with Line-Loc on top. King's Auto Upholstery in Roanoke, Virginia, redid the room in '67 deluxe vinyl, deviating from the norm with white seat strips to accent the exterior. The dashboard escaped abuse, but the wiring got new with a complete Painless assembly, right down to connections for the CD player, amps, and speakers.
HOW IT GOES
The dynamometer didn't tell this story. Russell estimates the yield at 530 hp at 6,500 and 480 lb-ft of torque at 5,400. In the eighth-mile, the RS/SS turns low 7s. In case you're wondering how that tight gear treats the Camaro on the extreme top end, it'll buzz 135 flat out. CHP