I have been collecting and restoring muscle cars for over twenty years now, and have been in search of a solid ‘67 SS Big Block Chevelle for a long time. Every one I came across was in too poor a condition to be worth restoring. However, my luck changed while at a swap meet in Springfield, Ohio. I found just what I was looking for. At the time I had a restored ‘70 GTO and decided to trade it for the Chevelle.
After a few months, I decided to change the color from the burgundy to gold. Then one thing led to another. The next thing I knew, I had the whole car taken apart and was rebuilding it the way I wanted. Five months and a few dollars later, the restoration was complete. The engine is now a 468 CI with aluminum heads, roller camshaft and a steel crank, and now packs approximately 650 horsepower. I narrowed the rear to accept 29x15x15.5 tires. The transmission is a 400 with a 3500 stall converter. Though it runs in the 10 second range, it is still street friendly and totally legal. I can cruise comfortably with its factory bucket seats and console with a B&M shifter built in.
My wife, Suzette, loves to drive it, and has actually driven it as much as I have, if not more. She’ll take it to local cruise-ins, while I drive our ‘70 El Camino saved for promoting our heating cooling business. It’s great to see her get the thumbs up while driving down the road. All the time, I catch guys racking their neck to get a second look at a woman driving such an incredible muscle car.