Every piece was acid dipped or sand blasted and coated with POR15. Some pieces then get primed and colored with silver cad., gold cad., or cast blast, then clear coated.
The body shell was stripped and I discovered a 1/4 floor pan had rusted through due to leaky front and rear windows-bummer! I had the rust damage welded up. I had a rotisserie from Custom Performance in Slater IA. so I could rotate the body to strip the underside with out getting under the shell. It's the only way to do a car like this!
Okay, so it needed more than just a little work. This is what I started with in Feb 1999. The basic shell was in good condition, the quarters were original and only minor rust.
I got a frame in Chicago and had it sand-blasted. Coated it with POR15 and started building. Parted many cars out along the way to get the good parts for this one.
This rearend originally came from a 1966 Chevelle (it's 1 inch narrower than what would normally be on a '71). It was in the bracket car that I got for the drive train. It has 4:11 gears with a posi unit. I installed BMR tubular rear control arms and a factory SS rear sway bar. Competition Engineering Drag shocks, front and rear, Moroso springs in front.
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"Rumpita, rumpita, rumpita, rumpita, BWAAAAHHHH!"
The detail under the car is great thanks to the rotisserie. I have 15x10 Welds on the rear. I used an AFCO radiator and WindStar fan assembly. Color is Electric Blue pearl coat with pearl white SS stripes.
The years of work have payed off. I've had it out and it just ROCKS! I got a "Top Three" award at Chellabration 2004. Thanks everybody!
The body was very straight and was an excellent basis for this project even though it had it's problems when I first bought it. Click here to see what I started with. Paint is Electric blue Pearl coat with Pearl white stripes by Childs and Howe Auto Body. Installed the nitrous set-up and it's show-time! Screamin' and laughing it's ass off all the way down the track!!
This is another one of my projects. It has a fresh strong 468 with oval port #781 open chamber heads and Comp cam, Holley 750. It has a stout TH350. 15x8 with 235-60x15's on front and 15x10's with 295-50x15 on the rear. New 3:42 posi 12 bolt. Monster front bar, rear SS bar and poly bushings all around. Flowmaster mandrel bent H pipe exhaust system with 30 series muffs behind stock cast-iron manifolds (for that stock look).
This project has been shelved for the last few years. Hoping to finish the interior in the next year
June 2004: The first time at the races. I had a blast!! On the 1/8 mile the first ever pass:
Reaction time .076
1/8 MPH 81.49
It was very consistant, I'll have to work on the driver.
It all started so long ago.....see the story below.
Oct. 2004: Second time to the races was in Wentzville. Best run;
Reaction time 0.069
60 ft. 1.883
330 ft. 5.416
1/8 ET 8.372
1/4 ET 13.117
1/4 MPH 103.92
I brought home an 8th place trophy!!! Oh Yeah baby!
On to the Next Projects..........
3552 pounds total weight, 47.1% over the rear tires.
LF 970 RF 909
LR 834 RR 840
I have since changed to a mini starter, an aluminum water pump, removed the heater box and front swaybar, so a couple pounds lighter now. And added hydro-boost brake booster.
I installed an Edelbrock Air-Gap maniold and an aluminum water pump summer 2005..
Oct. 2005: Third time at the races at Gateway International.
60 ft. 1.824
330 ft. 5.248
1/8 ET 8.142
1/4 ET 12.819
Installed an N.O.S. Big Shot plate nitrous system summer 2006. Using a seperate Jaz tank and Holley red pump for the nitrous enrichment circuit. And a Proform carb body.
June 2006, Chevllebration '06.
1/8 ET 7.5599
Oh how I wish I had kept this one. '71 Heavy Chevy. with 65,000 original miles. Very minor rust damage, surprising for this part of the country. Has Goodmark fenders and hood already on it, in primer when I found it. Typical rear window corner damage (very small) and 2" rust hole in each quarter. Nice original black interior, 307, 2bbl, TH350.
Heavy Chevy features:
Rubber floor mat (no carpet)
no chrome molding on grill, drip-rails, tail light lenses
Blacked out grill treatment
Special Heavy Chevy door panels
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June 2009, Gateway International
1/4 ET 11.603
MPH 100.13 (a piston ring land was breaking and the car was actually slowing down at the top end!)
Time to freshen the engine.
Hot Rod bike; 2003 Harley Rocker
2003 Harley Rocker. Heartland USA rear fender and seat. Air ride suspension. Vance and Hines pipes. Fun bike to ride.
1969 Chevelle. 70,000 original miles on it. Easy fix. Has been at the body shop for over 3 years now.. SS hood, bucket seat, console. Not sure which engine I will put in it but I have the original 350 for it.