1969 Chevrolet Chevelle resto-mod
- Frame-off restoration
- LS7 crate engine
- 6L90E transmission
- Willwood disc brakes
- Chassis reinforcement
- Coil over rear end
- Tubular suspension
- Custom interior
- Vintage Air aircon
- Power windows
- Electronically adjustable seats
- No expenses spared
In true rest-mod style, by the time Ol' School Garage has finished with this street racer the only thing remaining of the '69 Chevelle we started with will be the sheet metal and modified chassis!
Our customer had a very clear vision of exactly what components he wanted to include in his dream car. So our job was to make all these components work together as a package! It has all come together and the fabrication work has been completed and the mock-up of the car is almost complete.
The engine is a fuel injected 7.0L LS7. These are found in Corvettes and produce phenomenal amounts of torque from factory throughout the rev range.
The transmission is the stout GM 6L90E six speed auto which can be found on the Camaro, Silverado pickup and the VF HSV. The transmissions can handle high levels of torque and retain great street drive-ability. Adam fabricated new sheet-metal to accommodate the larger transmission.
An external transmission and oil cooler has been installed to keep temperatures down on the racetrack.
Torque and horsepower won't be an issue with this engine and transmission combination. With creature comforts in mind, the setup retains air conditioning, power windows, rack and pinion power steering and electronically adjustable front seats found in BMW convertibles.
The chassis has been reinforced and strengthened to cope with the power of the engine and reduce chassis flex. The setup also allows get the best out of the revised suspension setup.
The rear is a adjustable 4-link triangulated setup with a McDonald Brothers heavy-duty differential with Dutchman alloy floating axles. The suspension features an array of adjustable Hotchkis competition components allowing for race-car like handling. Tubular upper and lower control arms, adjustable shocks and drop-spindles have been installed.
The exhaust system is an in-house build. Craig had to mock the engine in place in order to fabricate exhaust manifolds which will be HPC coated. For maximum flow, a tig welded and mandrel bend setup was used with twin 2.5" pipe and gonzo-type mufflers. It is functional and produces a crisp and tough note. If you appreciate the time and effort that goes into such a project, you know it's a work of art.
The brake upgrade consists of a Willwood disc brake setup with big bore slotted rotors and 6 piston calipers. CPP came to the party with an upgraded booster and master-cylinder setup.
The trimmer has measured so he can start working on the custom leather interior. The center console was hand-made with aluminum to accommodate a Cadillac style automatic shifter. It accommodates sequential shifting on demand and the console will house the power window buttons and custom drink holder.
The body has been put on the rotisserie to take care of rust repair and preparation for panel beating due to previous accident repairs. Roland painstakingly worked on every panel to ensure panel gaps were consistent and accurate like modern day cars. Because of the customer's driving style, a decision was made to seam weld the floor.
No expense is spared on the finish and fitment of the panels. Purple Yenko ghost stripes stand out in the sunlight, on top of the candy black paint job.