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06 Mar 2015 11:29 #609 by oestek
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Next came the installation of the headlights, grille, bezels, and taillights. The car was wet sanded and buffed using a multi step process to bring out a mirror like finish.








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06 Mar 2015 11:29 #610 by oestek
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The theme for this car was the look of an SS 396, but with a few updates. We wanted a retro style wheel with a modern size and a high-performance tire, so we installed a set of 17 x 8" Rocket Racing Wheels in the hyper shot finish. This is a reflective dark gray spoke that changes color with various lighting conditions. The tires are BFGoodrich G Force Sport Comp 2 tires.





All the fluids were changed, brakes were bled, and the remaining interior items were installed. At this point the crew completed the exhaust tips exiting just below the rear bumper. The rear trunk was spatter coated in original black and gray pattern.

















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06 Mar 2015 11:30 #611 by oestek
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It was finally time for an initial test drive where we tuned the carburetor on a chassis dyno. We learned several things after warming up the car and running it on the rollers. We found the used rear differential to be worn out and the gears and housing were rusty. The posi unit chattered like crazy and the clutches were gone, so we installed a new set of gears and a Detroit True Trac differential to remedy that problem.





Changing the rear gear also required the installation of a new Speedometer drive gear.




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06 Mar 2015 11:30 #612 by oestek
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The dyno showed us some lean areas in the fuel curve, so we tuned the 750 carb but were not happy with the result, so we switched the carburetor for a Holley Street Avenger 870 CFM unit to better supply the thirsty 454. This tuneup process was verified on the chassis dyno with a wideband oxygen sensor installed in the exhaust for optimum air fuel ratio.





We didn't do full power pulls on the dyno yet, as the car is super-fresh and is still not broken in. After a 4-500 miles we'll change the fluids again and see what it does. We'll be running Royal Purple synthetics to reduce friction as well as keep the moisture at bay.

We put some miles on the car and are quite happy with the result. The car is stunning in any light, turn heads everywhere does, and the performance is excellent. It is a new feeling and tight, the steering is crisp, and that 454 makes tons of tire frying torque!




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06 Mar 2015 11:34 - 06 Mar 2015 11:35 #613 by oestek
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The crew at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop did an outstanding job on this car, and we are grateful for an owner who was great to work with and who has become a good friend.



This car was on display at the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Rosemont, Illinois, and scored 994 / 1000 points and winning a Street Modified Gold award!

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06 Mar 2015 11:37 - 06 Mar 2015 11:38 #614 by oestek
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What a great way to start 2015! The V8 Speed & Resto Shop built '69 Chevelle landed a full feature in the February 2015 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine! Thanks Hemmings, and congrats to the owner Al and the V8 Crew!


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