There's nothing quite like the moment when your project rolls out of the paint booth wearing its glossy new vibe for the first time. It's a major turning point during a build that generates excitement on all levels since you can almost smell the high-octane fuel and burnt rubber. Shop owner Peter Newell and his team at Competition Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts, moved forward with the reassembly of Project Orange Krate, our '71 project Camaro.
Technology has come a long way since our 70's-era muscle car was originally built, and cutting-edge performance has been infused throughout every facet of its resurrection. While it's great to hit the dragstrip, and carve through the autocross, we felt it was important to work in a number of features to make the time spent in the cabin as comfortable as possible, especially when just going out for a cruise.
Driving a restored or modified Camaro is no reason to suffer with loads of vibration and road and wind noise, not to mention excessive interior heat during everyday driving, which we have all become accustomed to. To address this situation, we contacted QuietRide Solutions in Stockton, California, to see what they had to offer. Being in the specialized business of manufacturing automotive insulation products since 1977, they have everything needed to dial in our ride. Their AcoustiShield line provides car owners with the materials to fully insulate their cabin from roof to floor, thereby creating an "acoustic envelope" isolating them from the effects of outside noise, vibration, and heat.
To bring your car to life, nothing is more important that its wiring. For Orange Krate it was imperative to have a kit that could address many of the car's original aspects as well as numerous modifications it has undergone. American Autowire's Classic Update Series offers a complete wiring system designed exclusively for modified vehicles.
For example, their new fuse box is designed to install in the original location and the harness is laid out and formed to allow for nearly all aftermarket accessories, including heating and air conditioning, gauge packages, and windshield wiper systems.
To give a hint of just how bitchin the interior is going to be, Newell installed a fresh, black dashpad from Ground Up. It's constructed from a flexible urethane material to prevent it from warping after repeated exposures to the sun and extreme heat. The dashpad also offers additional strength by incorporating six retainer clips for mounting as opposed to the three in factory form.
Stay tuned as Orange Krate moves closer to completion by the talented staff at Competition Specialties. Dig it!