1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS - More Than Meets The Eye

Alexis DeJoria is not what you would expect.

Kelly Wade May 8, 2014 0 Comment(s)
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Perhaps the most unique characteristic of the '67 Chevelle SS is the 960cfm Holley 830 carburetor, which came from one of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s test engines.

Hooker Super Comp 2-1/8-inch primary headers are coated with a custom Auto Creations mix and direct the spent gasses through a stainless 3-inch MagnaFlow exhaust, which includes an X-pipe routing to their American Muscle series mufflers. The finishing touches are a March bracket and pulley kit, and custom hidden wiring. A complement of K&N filters keep the Bow Tie clean as it rides down the highway on GM 15x8 front wheels sporting BF Goodrich 255s and custom 15x10 rally rear wheels outfitted with Nitto 275 drag radials.

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Thanks to years of thoughtful consideration and careful execution, the '67 Chevelle SS is tricked out with special features from top to bottom; from the Grant steering wheel to the custom-made B&M Quicksilver shifter, that fits seamlessly into the stock location, to manipulate the Turbo 400 Chevrolet transmission with a 3,000 stall torque converter – more of Bastaio's handy work. The new custom heavy-duty driveshaft was made by Sacramento Drive Lines.

The GM 12-bolt rear axle houses a 4:11 gear ratio. Suspension upgrades include Koni shocks, rear springs with a 1-inch drop and swaybar manufactured by Hotchkis. For durability, the fuel and brake lines were done in stainless.

A diverse girl like Alexis has an insatiable appetite, and speaking to this is an inspiring collection of toys in the garage. Among them, a '49 Merc, BMW 760, Range Rover, '57 Bel Air, and a Toyota Tundra that was a project truck for the Tequila Patron Funny Car team.

Still, this auto enthusiast has long been loyal to her Chevy and spent many hours at the Pomona, Calif., swap meet combing for Chevelle parts. The trips to Pomona were beneficial in more ways than one – not only was Alexis able to determine the direction she wanted to go with her project, but Pomona was also where she learned of a sportsman-level NHRA event to be held at the quarter-mile strip known as Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. A return to the facility for the street-legal drags fueled the fire in her belly for racing and launched a career.

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Over the course of the nearly two decades that Alexis has owned her prized Chevrolet, there have been many people involved in making it the car that brings her so much joy. Alexis credits Bastaio for his plentiful contributions, as well as Jerry from Rodworks in Los Angeles and Funny Car heads specialist John Sullivan.

"I have cars, lots of really cool ones, but this one is by far my favorite," said Alexis. "This is the one car I'd never sell. It fits my personality best, and every time I drive it, I feel like I'm 17 again."

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When she isn't rolling in the '67 Chevelle SS, the Austin-transplant is an established racecar driver in NHRA's professional Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and on the fast track to fame behind the wheel of her 8,000hp Tequila Patron Funny Car. [She won 2 out of 4 races to start the 2014 season.] No stranger to celebrity, Alexis grew up just steps from the limelight; her father is world renown entrepreneur and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, and in 2013 she unintentionally assured further celebrity when she married custom motorcycle crafter Jesse James.

Despite living on the edge, and often smack dab in the middle of a world of stardom and controlled chaos, Alexis is just Alexis. She is one of a kind. Genuine, strong, and with a clear sense of individuality, this girl and her favored muscle machine are cut from the same cloth. In a way, the pairing of this beauty and her beast seems to level the frenetic pace, if only for a little while.

"I'm into a lot of exciting adventures, and I live a pretty intense life," she agreed. "But to me, driving this car down PCH [Southern California's Pacific Coast Highway] with the windows down, the sunshine, the palm trees, and the ocean – well, that's a perfect day."

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