Allstate Transmission And Auto Repair in Phoenix Project Car Image Diary
Our project Chevelle's photo history starts in the body shop where an expert frame off attack on the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 Clone is moving along at a good pace. As you probably noticed, I tried to slip the word "CLONE" in without anyone being the wiser, but for those of you who are Chevelle fanatics, I'm sure it stood out like a sore thumb. I know there are alot of people out there that hate clones, and are probably clicking off the page right now, but at least that should make those of you happy who hate to see a true SS chopped up. Either way, I think most people are like me and just want to see a car reach its full potential. This 1970 Chevelle SS 454 with a true LS6 BBC engine wont disappoint anyone when finished.
The Chevelle started life as a 1971 Malibu with a stock SBC 350 engine, an automatic TH350 Transmission, and a Chevy 10 bolt rear differential with open 3.07 gears. After it's short life as a family car, it was sold to a Chevelle lover who added a little extra power to the SB Chevy with a nice Edelbrock performance dual plane aluminum intake manifold, a 650 Holley Carb, a set of Headman headers, a couple turbo mufflers in a dual exhaust system, a shift kit for the transmission and as much chrome as it took to make up for any lack of performance, although I'm told it definitely perked up the Chevelle's 1971 smog engine. With just a little more work, a decent performance cam and a little lower rear gear, it could have held its own with most performance muscle cars of that era.
The 1970 Chevelle SS 454 was hidden behind the 71 SBC 350 Chevelle when found stored in a garage on Whidbey Island, an island in the Puget sound just North West of Seattle, Washington. The Chevelle went into storage, a 3 year sentence for a Chevelle who's only fault was being owned by someone who didn't have the time for it. Luckily for the 71 Chevy Chevelle Malibu, the hidden 70 SS 454 BBC could be seen through the mess. The mess wasn't the fuel system full a varnish, the dry rotted tires or even the rusted paint and body from the sea water that was less than a mile away, but it was the black interior. Black interior in an old Chevelle isn't a bad thing, unless the interior of the Chevelle was green when it went into storage, along with an overlooked bag of oranges behind the front seat. Apparently after 3 years of being sealed up in a car with plenty of food, fruit fly pooh turns everything a pretty ugly shade of black.
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