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Post by jerry46765 on Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:39 pm

My black Chevelle has been sitting for almost 10 years.  When we brought it home, it was a running but we wouldn't dare to venture outside of the 6 mile radius of my shop.  Everything leaked and it was electrically scary.  Many major issues have been addressed over the last decade but this car kept getting pushed back in the corner for some other project of the week.  This spring, I have tried to remain focused on only this one.  I didn’t want to restore it, just sort out the crazy cobbled stuff that happens over the years of different owners.  Updates include an engine rebuild with all the major LS6 components, complete electrical harness rebuild, new cooling system, and some new era correct shoes to fill the wheel wells. There is always more to do but we are in the driver category now and it's a step forward.  It needs some new paint since the mid-80s lacquer has seen better days. Hopefully, we can get some miles in before the winter strikes.


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Post by Keith Seymore on Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:52 am

jerry46765 wrote:My black Chevelle has been sitting for almost 10 years.  When we brought it home, it was a running but we wouldn't dare to venture outside of the 6 mile radius of my shop.  Everything leaked and it was electrically scary.  Many major issues have been addressed over the last decade but this car kept getting pushed back in the corner for some other project of the week.  This spring, I have tried to remain focused on only this one.  I didn’t want to restore it, just sort out the crazy cobbled stuff that happens over the years of different owners.  Updates include an engine rebuild with all the major LS6 components, complete electrical harness rebuild, new cooling system, and some new era correct shoes to fill the wheel wells. There is always more to do but we are in the driver category now and it's a step forward.  It needs some new paint since the mid-80s lacquer has seen better days. Hopefully, we can get some miles in before the winter strikes.


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I seem to recall a Popular Hot Rodding article back in the day with a '74 Chevelle on the chassis dyno with "Last 454" plates on it.

Same car?

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Post by bracketchev1221 on Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:59 am

The car still looks very presentable. I would be very happy to be driving it. Is the engine done yet, or still needs to be rebuilt?
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:42 am

X2 -- still mighty fine to look at!
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Post by g3chevy on Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:05 pm

Yes, the car still looks great! Engine bay looks even better. But the plates, "LAST 454"? I thought 1975 was the last year of the 454?
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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:11 pm

Keith Seymore wrote:
jerry46765 wrote:My black Chevelle has been sitting for almost 10 years.  When we brought it home, it was a running but we wouldn't dare to venture outside of the 6 mile radius of my shop.  Everything leaked and it was electrically scary.  Many major issues have been addressed over the last decade but this car kept getting pushed back in the corner for some other project of the week.  This spring, I have tried to remain focused on only this one.  I didn’t want to restore it, just sort out the crazy cobbled stuff that happens over the years of different owners.  Updates include an engine rebuild with all the major LS6 components, complete electrical harness rebuild, new cooling system, and some new era correct shoes to fill the wheel wells. There is always more to do but we are in the driver category now and it's a step forward.  It needs some new paint since the mid-80s lacquer has seen better days. Hopefully, we can get some miles in before the winter strikes.


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I seem to recall a Popular Hot Rodding article back in the day with a '74 Chevelle on the chassis dyno with "Last 454" plates on it.

Same car?

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Hey Keith -

Yep, it's the same car.  This Chevelle was etched on my brain from studying all the Popular Hot Rodding and Super Chevy magazines.  It was my favorite real world project car and I am lucky to have it.  I explained to my kids that this car was like Roadkill from when I was a kid.  Glad you recognized it.  

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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:26 pm

bracketchev1221 wrote:The car still looks very presentable.  I would be very happy to be driving it.  Is the engine done yet, or still needs to be rebuilt?  

Engine rebuilt. It had been apart a couple of times and had some good stuff in it. Biggest upgrade was rectangular port heads from an '80 crate motor, Comp Cams LS6+ cam, LS6 dual plane, Quickfuel 780, and GM Performance / MSD HEI with Rev Limiter. Bottom end has a GM steel crank, LS6 rods with big bolts, and set of Mahle pistons. I wanted to definitely improve performance but also return the 1974 original appearance. All the magazine project articles would emphasize that 'the heads have never been removed and the engine had never been out of the car.' I wanted it to have that look again without over-restoring it.

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Post by jerry46765 on Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:35 pm

g3chevy wrote:Yes, the car still looks great! Engine bay looks even better. But the plates, "LAST 454"? I thought 1975 was the last year of the 454?

Yeah I know, last year the big block 'nationwide' was 1975.
Last year for big block in the People's Republic of California was 1974.

I watch for 1975 big block Chevelle and El Camino, and they are super rare.

And thanks guys for all the comments.



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Post by TW Monte on Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:02 pm

It's beautiful. Nice work
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Post by relic7680 on Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:30 pm

jerry46765 wrote:
Keith Seymore wrote:
jerry46765 wrote:My black Chevelle has been sitting for almost 10 years.  When we brought it home, it was a running but we wouldn't dare to venture outside of the 6 mile radius of my shop.  Everything leaked and it was electrically scary.  Many major issues have been addressed over the last decade but this car kept getting pushed back in the corner for some other project of the week.  This spring, I have tried to remain focused on only this one.  I didn’t want to restore it, just sort out the crazy cobbled stuff that happens over the years of different owners.  Updates include an engine rebuild with all the major LS6 components, complete electrical harness rebuild, new cooling system, and some new era correct shoes to fill the wheel wells. There is always more to do but we are in the driver category now and it's a step forward.  It needs some new paint since the mid-80s lacquer has seen better days. Hopefully, we can get some miles in before the winter strikes.


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I seem to recall a Popular Hot Rodding article back in the day with a '74 Chevelle on the chassis dyno with "Last 454" plates on it.

Same car?

K

Hey Keith -

Yep, it's the same car.  This Chevelle was etched on my brain from studying all the Popular Hot Rodding and Super Chevy magazines.  It was my favorite real world project car and I am lucky to have it.  I explained to my kids that this car was like Roadkill from when I was a kid.  Glad you recognized it.  

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That is awesome. I actually have a couple of the mags this car was featured in. Nice to hear that you have preservation in mind....
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Post by 76 Malibu on Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:13 pm

Wow, what a great looking car with a really cool history. A Black Big Block car is ultra cool in my books.
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Post by ant7377 on Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:51 pm

What a cool car. Neat to have that magazine history with it.
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Post by jerry46765 on Tue Sep 24, 2019 10:35 pm

Thanks for the positive comments.

I just noticed that my car was ride of the week. Thank you -



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Post by Limey SE on Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:47 pm

jerry46765 wrote:Thanks for the positive comments.  

I just noticed that my car was ride of the week.  Thank you -




Your Welcome Jerry its well deserved It is a Very Nice Vehicle
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