Rearend: Only GM's strongest rear could be counted on to survive this engine's abuse. In that 12-bolt housing are Richmond 3.73:1 gears, a limited-slip differential, and Moser 30-spline axles. It's connected to the transmission by an Inland Empire 3 1/2-inch aluminum driveshaft.
Suspension: John thought long and hard about the stance. After months of research, he decided on a set of Eaton Detroit springs, front and rear, to drop the car to the ride height he desired. The front end is about 2 inches lower than stock, while the rear is dropped about 1 inch. The stock rubber bushings were replaced with Energy Suspension polyurethane pieces, and John also quickened up his steering by rebuilding the stock box with Camaro IROC-Z internals.
Brakes: Stainless Steel Brakes Force 10 parts are installed up front. The stock drums remain out back.
Wheels/Tires: John liked the look of GM Rallys but wanted a little bigger diameter than stock. He phoned up Wheel Vintiques for a pair of 16-inch front hoops and 17-inchers for the rear. To them he mounted Dunlop Sport 5000 tires, sized 255/60R16 and 275/55R17, respectively.
Paint/Body: Previous owner Bob Seaton successfully managed the bodywork and paint job, so John saw no need to mess with it.
Interior: John installed a tilt steering column from a '69 Impala, topping it off with a Budnick steering wheel. He had Coachmasters of St. Paul install a Vintage Air A/C system. Otherwise, the interior is mostly stock and radio-delete cool. John hid a set of gauges down low and mounted a small Nordskog digital tach on the column to preserve the stock look as best as he could.