Throwback Thursday: Modern Chassis Design For Updating Classics

Welcome to another Thursday. The end of another week is about to run us over? That’s right, another Friday is about to land on our garage door. Now that another Thursday is making its presence known, that means it’s time for another Throwback Thursday.

This week, we are taking a short trip back to March 2018, to check out, How Modern Chassis Design Breathes New Life Into Vintage Performance. The era before government-regulated automotive design gave us some absolutely stunning machines. Their looks are timeless and they’re vehicles that are obviously well worth keeping on the road. However, just because you restore an automobile today, does not mean it will ride and drive like one designed in the 21st-century.

Chassis

A complete performance chassis is a proven way to give your hot-rodded muscle car or street rod a solid foundation that will deliver improved handling and safety.

In the original article, we got the low-down from the experts at Art Morrison Enterprises and Chris Alston’s Chassisworks about what each of these companies offers and how they merge old-school cool with new-school tech in a way that benefits both sides of the equation.

“The main benefit of doing modern-chassis upgrades is that you can improve the suspension geometry while also removing the free play in the chassis and suspension,” says Lino Chestang of Chris Alston’s Chassisworks. “That translates to more precise control over the vehicle and more immediate response overall.”

Chassis

Chris Alston’s Chassisworks’ gStreet Camaro system modernizes the vehicle from the ground up, starting with a full box tube frame and prefabricated floors that allow builders to install up to 345mm tread outback, along with a range of different adjustable front- and rear-suspension setups, rack-and-pinion steering, big-brake kits, and modern powertrains

“So many of these original chassis aren’t really in good enough condition to be worthwhile to try to salvage, and we have the opportunity to vastly improve upon the original design,” stated Craig Morrison. “What we do is design a brand-new platform that is much more rigid than the original chassis, and utilize modern-day types of suspension. This, in turn, provides ride and handling qualities that most people are expecting when they build a hot rod or muscle car.”

The article actually gets into the nitty-gritty of the possible improvements, and suffice to say, there’s a lot more in-depth insight highlighted in this informative article. That definitely makes it worthy of a second look. For that reason, I selected, How Modern Chassis Design Breathes New Life Into Vintage Performance as this week’s Throwback Thursday showcase article.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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