As a kid, Brent Vandervort became interested in just about everything on wheels, and as a result he and his brother began restoring a Model A Ford that would serve as their transportation through high school. As the years rolled by Brent built a number of his own hot rods along with a bunch for friends, and while his fabricating abilities were improving he also earned degrees in Business Management and Mechanical Engineering. By the time 1985 rolled around Brent had decided to combine his hands-on skills and his formal education to start Fatman Fabrications.
Brent’s new company began offering a line of chassis components and independent front suspension systems for cars from the ’teens through the 1950s, and Fatman Fabrications quickly gained a reputation for producing practical, affordable, handling-improving parts that were easy to install and performed flawlessly. But Brent is not a guy who rests on his laurels. As part of an ever-expanding product line, Fatman has responded to the restomod revolution with a line of GTech suspension components for Chevrolets, including Tri-Fives, 1958-’64 and 1977-’81 fullsize, Chevelles, Monte Carlos, Novas, Malibus, and Camaros.
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Recently, we caught Dickie Lowder in the process of updating his wife’s 1966 Chevelle — a duplicate of the car she drove in high school. This one is getting the full GTech treatment that includes Fatman’s 1964-’72 Chevy Chevelle tubular control arms. They come in primer so they can be painted any color; black or silver powdercoating is optional. To enhance handling, the location of the upper ball joint has been revised, which also makes it easier to align the frontend properly without having to use a huge stack of shims. GTech control arms are stout and come with billet-steel shafts and urethane bushings for strength and a long service life.
On the opposite end of the spindles, GTech lower control arms replace the originals. To maintain insulation from road shock, Fatman’s lower control arms come with OEM-style rubber bushings; however, urethane bushings are a no-cost option (they are tighter but harsher). These lower arms come with stamped 3/16-inch spring cups, but as an option, coilover and air spring versions are also available.
Another upgrade was a set of Fatman’s GTech dropped spindles. Not only do they lower the car 2 inches, these are the taller versions for increased camber gain when cornering, which allows the tires to stay firmly planted on the ground for markedly improved grip (over a 20 percent improvement in skidpad numbers has been recorded). To eliminate bumpsteer, the steering arm mounting locations have been relocated. Fatman Fabrications also offers brake kits, sway bars, shocks, springs, dropped spindles, tubular control arms, and steering kits that bolt onto the stock chassis with a minimum of modifications.
When compared to decades-old OEM engineering, GTech components are a simple, affordable, and effective means to not only improve appearance, but also a level of handling that was once the domain of very exotic GT machines – and they bolt on with a minimum of changes to the car. That really is suspension sophistication simplified.
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