Try to quickly navigate through a relentless series of cones with a stock Chevelle and you'll see that cars of that size weren't designed for such dastardly maneuvers. A couple months ago we took our LQ9-powered 1966 to the EVOC facility in Riverside, California, for track testing and were quickly reminded that our classic Chevys are not exactly graceful handlers.
A maneuver at full speed in the Chevelle caused excessive body roll, which made it sluggis
Thankfully, developments in aftermarket suspension parts for popular '60s and '70s models in the past few years have grown, and today it is indeed possible to turn a sloppily handling muscle machine into a spry specimen. Detroit Speed, Inc. out of Mooresville, North Carolina, is considered one of the best when it comes to performance handling components for old muscle cars and company founders Kyle and Stacy Tucker are constantly putting their parts to the test in their own hot-handling Camaros, so using their components on our '66 was an easy choice to make.
To upgrade the 1966 Chevelle, which had excessive body roll, weak drum brakes, and sloppy steering; we ordered DSE's Front Speed-2 Kit (Stage-3, PN 3203903) with the optional Splined Front Sway Bar (PN 031405) to help plant the front end and keep the car square when blasting around corners. The Stage-3 Front Speed-2 Kit comes with tubular control arms, forged spindles, tie rods, coil overs (PN 031319D). For the rear, we went with DSE's anti-roll bar (PN 031404), coil springs, upper and lower control arms, and specially-valved Koni shocks that DSE has made per their specifications. Using bolt-on components, we aimed to make our Chevelle handle like it's on rails and with Detroit Speed's reputation; we knew our A-body was in good hands. With a pile of parts collected at our Tech Center in Irvine, California, Jason Scudellari tackled the task with precision and had our project back on the road with minimal down time.