1966 CHEVELLE MUSCLE CAR
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This 1966 Chevelle is just
wonderful. The client was given the car by his family,
and they brought it to us for the best in restorization
and customization. The client is a long-time car freak
and this car was custom built in careful detail to suit
Our restoration of this Chevelle began
with a good plan, like all of our jobs. We had many
discussions over the phone and in person to get a very
careful idea of exactly what the car needed to do. The
customer fell in love with this model and color when
he was a kid. His family had just moved up to a very
nice neighborhood, and the neighbor had just purchased
one new. That memory has been in his mind ever since.
It was our task to reproduce the memory, the feel, the
sound, and then upgrade it a ton to modern operational
After getting a perfect nut-and-bolt
plan together with the family, we went to work.
The chassis on this Chevelle is customized.
We wanted to stay as true as possible to the original
GM look and fit, but with that much power, big old tires,
and the extra room required for the engine, we did some
careful customizing. The rear is a 4 link from Chris
Alston Chassisworks that we worked into the stock side
The front of the chassis is a combination
of Fat Man, Hotchkis, and our own fabrication. We wanted
what the industry didn't offer: really big tires, good
handling, and room for a 572 Crate engine.
The engine in this project is a GM
Performance 572 CI, 620HP monster. We disassembled the
top of the engine, polished the aluminum heads and intake,
and painted the engine to show quality. Top quality
show equipment, fittings, brackets, and headers finish
off the engine install. We also custom painted the transmission
to move from the orange of the engine to the black of
Then there's the body! Perfect work
was good enough here. We replaced rusted panels during
our rebuild of this Chevelle's body. The restoration
also included careful body panel correction and alignment,
getting the car to above new car quality standards.
The interior is stock, remaining faithful
to the original appearance. The gauge upgrades really
So then there's the test drive! As
part of every classic auto restoration or customization
we perform, we go through a very careful quality assurance
program. The last step is Doug's test drive. A couple
of hundred miles later we deliver. We noticed the car
was fast, had great road manners, went really fast,
sounded great, went really fast, and everything worked
and fit well.
Then we delivered to the client at
the Goodguys Nationals show in Loveland, Colorado. Guy
won a first place in Chevy Muscle. He was happy.
out the link to the January '09 Super Chevy magazine
for a feature on this killer.