PAC Racing Springs is an aftermarket leader in the research and development of upgrades, technology, and parts fit for the racing enthusiast whether its off road, on the strip, or on the street. PAC offers a variety of products including, “valve springs, suspension springs, titanium and steel retainers, plastic valve spring dampers, beehive springs, sway bars, and many other valve and suspension components.” You could say that spring technology is something of a specialty at PAC.
What really caught our attention was the company’s project truck, a ’49 Chevy 5 Window 3100 Pickup, dubbed “Project Condor.” According to the build blog and official Facebook dedicated to Project Condor, the truck was “purchased as a barn find on a Centennial Farm in Southern Missouri in Fall of 2012.” The ’49 touts its original rust and patina and in fact was displayed in all its weathered glory at this year’s PRI as you can see.
Build Objective And Concept Design
PAC Racing Springs intends to build a catch all truck that does it all–it will wow the roughneck fan, perform on the flats, and cruise the interstate in a battle of automotive attrition. Take it from the folks at PAC Racing who detail their objective on Project Condor’s build blog, “We are preparing this vehicle as a Pro-Street Rat Rod, the intent is to run the salt flats and the hot rod power tour as well as display and support additional sponsors and PAC Racing Springs’ new product line for the hot rod.” They continue, “The interior is planned to be as beautiful and clean as possible while the exterior will remain the current ‘barn find patina.’ From 25-feet we want the truck to look like it shouldn’t go 45 mph, but will be able to run 150 mph with no problem.”
Chassis, Suspension, and Powertrain
For how it looks on the outside, there’s definitely a lot of hardware that went into the rebuild and rebirth of Project Condor. Check out some of the trucks highlights:
- New CAD Designed Square Tubing Frame
- Rear Tires: Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks, Wide Whites
- Wheels: Steel Wheels by Coker Tire
- Rear Shocks: PAC-JRi Racing Shocks, Double Adjustable Coilovers
- Custom Adjustable Watts Link, Adjustable 4-link bars
- Front Shocks: PAC-JRi Racing Shocks, Single Adjustable Coilovers
- Custom IFS Chrome Moly Arms 3D Cad Optimized-FK Rod End Mounts
- Engine: 442ci LSX
- Stroke: 4.125 (K1 Technologies Forged Crank)
- Bore: 4.125 (Wiseco Pistons)
- Cylinder Heads: Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads With LS7 Rockers
- Carburetor: Trick Flow 850 (CFM)
- Ignition: MSD Coils and MSD Crank Controller
- Transmission: Tremec 6-Speed
Project Condor has a busy schedule already lined up for the coming year. The folks at PAC Racing Springs will have their truck on display at the 2014 Detroit Autorama. They will also be registering for the Hotrod Power Tour and will take it out onto the flats during the 2014 season. A lot of ambition was put into building this truck, it stands as a show car but a formidable performer on street and autocross. If you’d like to learn more about PAC Racing Springs’ pride and joy check out their build blog here.