When it came to the suspension modifications, the Scrantons started by lowering the front of the vehicle with Eibach springs and added a Hotchkis strut tower brace to keep that portion of the unibody chassis rigid. At the rear, the factory axle was removed and large portions of the rear floor pan were cut away to make room for a Chris Alston’s Chassisworks Canted Billet four-bar suspension system and Fab9 rearend housing. Strange Engineering S/T Series axles were used along with a Strange ring-and-pinion centersection with a Detroit Locker. New upper and lower control arm braces were installed and a set of Chris Alston’s Chassisworks’ VariShock coilover and adjustable shocks are used to set the ride height and control the damping. With a new rear axle in place, the factory driveshaft was also upgraded to an aluminum single-piece shaft from ReelDriveline.com. The factory fuel tank also had to be replaced so the Scrantons had Devious Customs in Riverside fabricate an aluminum fuel tank to fit between the new framerails.
Rollers & Binders
Once the Camaro’s rear was finally installed, Casey fabricated new wheelwell tubs to house a set of 405/25R24 Pirelli tires mounted on 24x15 Boyd polished aluminum wheels. The 15-inch-wide rubber fits with plenty of room to spare and tucks nicely under the factory fenders. To keep the ride consistent from front to rear, a set of 265/30R22 Pirellis are used on 22x8.5 Boyd wheels for the front, which gives the Camaro a low stance with a slight forward rake; an essential look for any Pro Street vehicle. Considering that the CGS Camaro has lots of horsepower and plenty of rubber to scoot it down the road in rapid time, the factory brake system could be easily overwhelmed. So a Baer Brakes 6S system was used and incorporates front and rear six-piston calipers with 15-inch diameter brake rotors to quickly stop the vehicle in any situation.
While yesteryears Pro Street cars typically had a gutted interior with a rollcage and racing seats, Casey decided the sporty yet plush factory seats should remain. But to enhance it further, he had them recovered with red leather to match the exterior graphics. Pecca Leather stitched up new upholstery to cover the front and rear bucket seats. Casey removed some of the padding on the rear seat so that it lays flush over the larger wheelwells that effectively conceal them from sight. The shift knob and steering wheel were also covered in matching leather and was stitched by DSV Customs who also covered the center console and trim around the dash and door panels.
The exterior of the Camaro had to retain the vehicle’s original lines, while still capturing the aggressive style of the Pro Street look. This was easily accomplished using an aftermarket cowl hood and front bumper from Advanced Composite Specialties. The hood features an aggressive cowl with a Corvette ZR1-style window in the center where the polished Whipple supercharger can be seen through the hood. A set of new side skirts, rear wing, and rear bumper diffuser also add to the Camaro’s modern approach to a Pro Street appearance. But it’s the factory black paint with red graphics that, although simplistic in design, dramatically draw out the lines of the vehicle and make it look incredibly clean and aggressive. Although the Camaro has a distinct theme to it, it doesn’t lose its modern identity and style. More importantly, unlike the Pro Street vehicles of the past that overheated, didn’t ride smooth, or were almost uncontrollable at high speeds, the CGS Camaro rides just like any other ’10 Camaro and probably has the same or more horsepower and stopping power than some of the most radical vehicles of the past. Advanced Composite Specialties supplied the hood, which features a cowl design with a Lexan window in the center to show off the polished Whipple supercharger. The rear diffuser, wing, and side skirts were manufactured by Innovative Vehicle Solutions and added to the CGS Camaro’s distinctive style.