Since Hal wanted this car for street driving and little else, he removed all the old stuff and repopulated the chassis with N.O.S. suspension members, springs, and antisway bars and introduced the necessary wheel control offered by Bilstein shock absorbers. Hal jumped nostalgialike with Air Lift bags inside the back coils (a hot item in the flaming '60s).
Wheels & Brakes
About the time Hal was doing his thing back in the day, Cragar S/S rims were the cat's pajamas. When Cragar licensed its steel wheel production and design to Carlisle Tire & Wheels in 1999, it included a 17-inch series S/S hoop. Hal put 17x8s with 225/50 Hankooks up front and 17x9s with 275/40 Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials on the live end. Brakes in back are stock drum, but in front Hal used 12-inch Power Slot rotors and inserted Hawk ferro-carbon brake pads in the stock calipers.
Like Hal said, the Camino was about average and included some scabby stuff in the bed. Larry Cerny's Auto Painting in Orange, California, peeled off the chrome and continued with the hood, bumpers, doors, and tailgate. Cerny's welded new floor panels in the bed, sanded the body form and panels with 80-grit, and applied the House of Kolor Daytona Yellow and accompanying black stripes.
There's nothing outrageous here, only a neat and tidy inner sanctum that complements the neat, creased body panels. OPG got the nod for the black vinyl, and Kenny's Auto Upholstery in Mission Viejo, California, got the contract. Auto Meter gauges assume responsibility, and the air conditioning system is original. The AM squawk box had to go. Hal supplanted it with a Pioneer Super Tuner and a CD player, all he needs to make the "cars and coffee" scene every weekend up in Irvine.