When a customer comes to us with specific requests and a solid vision of what they want, we are all ears. This is exactly what happened when we were approached by Steve Aguilar, the owner of this 1971 Camaro named 'Infrared' designed by Sean Smith of SSDesigns, built by the crew at Stones Metal Shop and interior built by Gabes Custom Interiors.
Mr. Aguilar wanted the look and feel of a European luxury touring car for this trick Camaro. Taking cues from his own BMW M5, he wanted the interior to have that same feel. With working along side Sean Smith, we were able to design the steering wheel, gauge cluster, shift knob, console trim and interior badges to enhance the European tailored feel of interior of 'Infrared'.
For the gauge cluster, we took the existing dash panel from the car and 3D scanned it using our in-house Faro ScanArm to ensure a perfect fit into the dash. The opening for the gauge trim might look symmetrical, but it was far from it. With the scan data, we could make the CAD model to fit the dash perfectly.
Mr. Aguilar requested that the steering wheel feel like his BMW M5 steering wheel, so we took the exact measurements from his car, grip diameter and grip bolsters at 10 and 2 o'clock and tailored it to fit his vision. We also took the design supplied by Sean Smith and made everything work between the design and specific requests by Mr. Aguilar.
The steering wheel was finished with a brushed nickel plating and a full leather wrap courtesy of the guys at Gabes Custom Interiors.
A special Thank You to Steve Aguilar for allowing us to create these cool parts for his awesome '71 Camaro 'Infrared', along with everyone involved with this build.