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Building the Ultimate Driver from a 1967 Chevelle

Driver’s Wanted: It drove into the shop with a stock SS body and non-original 454ci big-block, and drove out a whole new animal

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Bruce Grassie’s 1967 Chevelle was one of the rare few cars to actually drive into The Winning Collection (TWC) facilities in Asheville, North Carolina. But that didn’t stop Bruce from commissioning TWC to completely dismantle the SS and rebuild it from the ground up with modern technology. Following an acid bath, the crew spent hundreds of hours fitting, welding, and grinding the sheetmetal smooth. New quarter-panels, floorpan, and trunk were required but the shaved door handles were one of many options checked off for this build. The windshield and rear window were recessed, requiring the fabrication of new beds. The stainless steel driprails were replaced with fabricated body color rails. Cutouts were made in the big-block hood so that Lexan windows on each side would reveal an awesome powerplant.

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A Katech “Street Attack” LS7 was the bullet of choice, built with street manners in mind at 599 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque. RPM Transmissions matched the stout 427-cubic-inch mill with a fully blueprinted and cryo-treated T-56 six-speed transmission. A March serpentine pulley system mounts all the accessories, which is mostly polished. A few pieces have been painted Speed Silver and Daytona Blue to match the engine compartment. Both of these colors can be found on the exterior as well as Midnight Black with blue metalflake. This theme was carried throughout the underside of the car, including the driveshaft, rearend, transmission, spindles, control arms, sway bars, steering column, etc.

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To match the impressive mill, a Roadster Shop chassis was chosen to provide modern handling capabilities. By narrowing the front framerails, the Roadster Shop chassis allows for up 14-inch wide tires. The rear has three ride height positions and is equally as accommodating. Staggered HRE 890R wheels were chosen in 18x10 and 19x12 dimensions with a polished face and lip. The barrel is Nighthawk Black. Michelin Pilot Sport 275/35/18 and 345/30/19 rubber provides ample grip. Combine that with 14-inch Wilwood brakes, DSE coilovers, and a custom stainless steel gas tank, and you have a classic Chevelle built for some serious g-forces.

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Besides throwing a boatload of awesome parts at it, what really sets this Chevelle apart is the combination of race-inspired details and street-worthy conveniences. For example, the exhaust system is full length, but uses NASCAR-style Dr. Gas Boom Tubes that will certainly wake the neighbors. TWC fabricated the stainless steel 3-inch system from the D-port heads on back. To combat the loud exhaust, a 1,000-watt subwoofer cranks out some serious sound from under the package tray, which is complemented by 6-inch and 6x9-inch speakers in the cabin. An Alpine receiver controls the sound system. Soft blue LED lighting highlights the interior, which has an Alcantara headliner, dashpad, and sunvisors. The seats, door, quarter-panels, and kick panels are covered in leather. The focal point of the door panel is a stamped metal 1959 Corvette door insert. The same metal was used on the console. And the dash was custom-built with eight Auto Meter Carbon Fiber series gauges. Hella H4 80/100 headlights, sport mirrors with turn signal indicators, and switchable blue LED accent lights (under the hood and on the Bow Tie of the tail panel) add more modern touches to the exterior. All of which is wired together with aviation-grade sockets and connectors as well as marine-grade wire that is silver soldered. The Winning Connection prides itself on building not only a beautiful Chevelle, but also something that is race proven and durable.

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