Heartland Heartbeat

What Happens When You Give a Chevelle a Good Home

Tony Kelly Aug 31, 2004 0 Comment(s)

Bought brand new for around $4,250 by Karmy Schone of Chapin Falls, Illinois, this SS Chevelle has never left the farm. Originally equipped with a 350ci engine, all the SS package features (automatic trans, power steering, power brakes, A/C, and an AM radio that really never worked), and painted cream yellow by the factory, this car was typical of thousands of other hot-selling Chevelles of that era. It served daily driver duty for about 8 years at which time it needed some freshening up. New paint and some cosmetics got it back on the road and around the local car shows. By 1985 the road salt and weather around Chapin Falls had taken its toll but Karmy wanted to keep the car.

The full frame-off restoration involved new quarter panels, new fenders and a 396 engine. Pushing a TH-400 and 4.11:1 gears in a Fab-9 rearend, the newly refurbished SS was a great performer on the road and at numerous car shows. Color was once again cream yellow. By around 1999, however, Schone was ready for prime time on his one-owner ride. With the able assistance of bodyman Gary Green of Green's Customizing in Jacksonville, Illinois, the Chevelle received the full treatment. Viper Yellow paint, fiberglass panels in the engine compartment, custom console, ghost flames of white pearl, and hundreds of other custom and mechanical changes, the car fulfilled Karmy's vision of a truly fine example of a classic Chevelle, updated to a "one-of-a-kind" status. Since its completion the car has taken awards for Best of Show, Outstanding Paint and Body, Best Paint, Best Engine, Best Interior, Best Custom, and several Peoples Choice awards. The shows where these awards were conferred included the Indy World of Wheels, Super Chevy Indy, and the Hot Rod Nats at Canfield. We're talking major competition for tin at these shows, but Karmy's car is a winner.

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