Great works of automotive art about crave two above ingredients. The aboriginal is a accomplished anatomy team, accomplished abundant to anticipate alfresco the box and accessible to actualize a masterpiece back accustomed the opportunity. The additional is an agog buyer who provides accustomed guidance, trusts his builder’s talents, and can allow to see the activity through to completion. This high-performance ’67 Chevelle is the absolute aftereffect from that blazon of collaboration.
Matt Verzi and Gavin Broome from StreetHeat in Melbourne, Florida, accompany a accumulated 30 years of automotive acquaintance to the table. With a dozen or added affection accessories to their acclaim and annoyed barter in the U.S. and Europe active their creations, the aggregation has added than abundant of the requisite abilities to actualize award-winning rides. Back acquaintance and longtime chump Steve Hamaduk from Titusville, Florida, proposed his latest build, Matt and Gavin were up for the challenge. They had met him aboriginal in their careers and he’s been an advancing agency in their success.
Steve works at Cape Canaveral, managing barrage accessories ordinance, barrage pad preparation, and in his chargeless time oversees a accumulating of custom supercars for a abutting friend. Since Steve has been complex with antagonism and high-performance automobiles for decades, it was accessible to alloy his preferences with the StreetHeat team’s talents. Steve already had the agent and the ’67 Chevelle body, dupe the aggregation to handle aggregate else. The ambition for this car was to attempt in a few of the high-speed, open-road and measured-mile shootouts about the country while still advancement a deceptively low contour appearance.
The chance began by affairs the chassis, again sandblasting and powdercoating the ’rails in appearance black. A continued account of high-performance aftermarket upgrades began with a complete Hotchkis Pro Touring abeyance amalgamation that included ascendancy arms, spindles, and ladder confined forth with advanced and rear 1.5-inch amplitude bars. Additional stabilization came from Fox three-way adjustable Nitro shocks. Baer disc brakes with 13-inch rotors and dual-piston calipers up advanced and 12-inch rotors and single-piston calipers in the rear ensured avant-garde endlessly power. Rounding out the anchor amalgamation was an E-Stopp pushbutton electric parking anchor and CPP adept butt with Hydra Stop. Once the administration and braking elements were complete, achievement was next.
In one of its antecedent iterations, the Chevelle had been able with a 396 big-block. For this latest upgrade, the accommodation was bogus to bypass the accustomed LS bandy and instead bead in a fuel-injected Merlin 540 big-block, one of the abounding “go big or go home” decisions that characterized this build. The plan was to actualize an adamantine agent able of big ability that could be calmly apprenticed on the street. Vic Fera and the agent builders at Brevard Butt Head in Cape Canaveral, Florida, accustomed the challenge, anxiously modifying aggregate on the V-8 to accomplish aerial achievement while application reliability.
Starting from the top and accouterment max airflow, the assimilation is a user-tunable 102mm FAST XFI 2.0 arrangement acclimatized to a Hogan’s Antagonism assimilation manifold, custom engineered to clasp beneath the banal hood. A cold-air kit from StreetHeat and Grumpy Jenkins port-matched and able aluminum active aggregation up to ensure abysmal breathing. The centralized benefit account includes 80-lb/hr injectors, Wiseco pistons on Lunati rods and crank, a Cam Motion solid roller cam and rockers, and an MSD Pro Billet benefactor with crank trigger. Scavenging spent gases begins with ceramic-coated Doug’s headers, affiliated to 2 1/4-inch primaries that augment 3 1/2-inch collectors. The ceramic-coated arrangement uses MagnaFlow mufflers that attempt to administer the Merlin’s advancing achievement rumble. Brightwork in the agent bay includes the Billet Specialties TruTrac convolute belt arrangement as able-bodied as their custom awning hinges forth with a able adept butt and breathers adapted to the appearance black, GM Achievement valve covers. The artlessly aspirated amalgamation produces 710 hp and bumps up decidedly back you advance the little about-face that activates the hidden 150-shot of nitrous.
Dealing with the numbers from the big V-8 is a TREMEC Magnum double-overdrive six-speed manual adapted with a custom aluminum driveshaft. It feeds a Moser 12-bolt rear with 4.11 apparatus and 35-spline axles. For top acceleration runs, the 4.11 will be swapped for 3.08 gears. The car rolls on two-piece American Antagonism 498 rims, 19×8 up advanced and 20×10 in the rear. Completing the avant-garde administration upgrades, Continental ExtremeContact tires affix the Chevelle with the city application 225/40ZR19s up advanced and 275/35ZR20s in the rear. Once the powertrain upgrades were complete, all the branch bushings were replaced with polyurethane above-mentioned to ascent the anatomy to the frame.
The custom autogenous begins with a stainless animate RideTech eight-point Tiger Cage anchored in place. Not alone does it accommodate aegis and enhance the acerbity of the anatomy but it creates a different architecture aspect throughout the interior, with the rear portions extending into the trunk. Scat Enterprises atramentous covering Rally brazier seats affection abysmal ancillary bolsters and five-point harnesses advised to accumulate disciplinarian and commuter cautiously in place. A Hurst shifter works the TREMEC. Viewed through the Billet Specialties council wheel, the Dakota Digital VHX analog barometer amalgamation monitors the car’s basic signs while the FAST EFI blow awning abstracts logger with 6-inch adviser annal a real-time account of the underhood action.
With the agent switched off, addition akin of ball comes into comedy with the Classic Autosound stereo agriculture afar 6.5-inch Focal Flax basic sets in the bang panels and rear amalgamation tray. Heavy-hitting bass emanates from the 10-inch trunk-mounted JL Audio W3 subwoofer on the driver-side and the JL Audio 5-Channel 900 Watt HD alternation amp congenital into the passenger-side. Custom account in the block includes an broadcast metal grille and skull, the absolute abode to appearance the 150-shot nitrous canteen and Optima battery. Stereo able Bill Bethhauser and his aggregation at Explicit Customs in Melbourne, Florida, advised the stereo and bogus the custom pieces to enclose the stainless animate portions of the rollbar in the trunk. The final footfall for the autogenous was StreetHeat’s accession of the Vintage Air Gen IV A/C assemblage that keeps the occupants air-conditioned during balmy Florida summers.
Exterior changes were kept to a minimum with the appearance atramentous anatomy about banal except for giveaways like the beyond admeasurement wheels, the big Baer brakes assuming through, and the apocalyptic blubbering of the accompanying pipes. The ambiguous 396 brand on the advanced fender adds to the fun at stoplights. The StreetHeat aggregation formed six months to advancement this accelerated adventurer and it will anon be on its way to the Silver State Classic Claiming accident in Ely, Nevada, hopefully traversing the 90-mile advance with a acceptable time.
Photos by Joe Greeves
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