We knew Schwartz Performance builds killer suspensions and chassis, but what we didn’t clue in on was how many complete cars they build. As owner Jeff Schwartz explained, “In addition to manufacturing 29 different models of ‘bolt-in chassis’ we also build cars for customers all around the world. In fact, right now we have 15 full builds under way.” One of these builds is a 1970 Chevelle for Mike Williams.
Mike located a fairly clean ’70 drop-top and shipped it to Schwartz for a complete over-the-top Pro Touring rebuild. Once it arrived, the A-body was blown apart and the bodywork commenced. They found more rust and rot than expected so new quarters and a host of panels were replaced, along with a roomier trans tunnel and mini-tubs—to accommodate the wider rear tires.
To move the Chevelle down the highway, or local track, the team went with a 598-inch Shafiroff built big-block. Topped with a Holley Dominator EFI system and backed by an American Powertrain Magnum six-speed, the mill pushes 900 hp back to the Moser 9-inch (Detroit Truetrac posi) equipped with a full Baer floater system. Of course, the Chevelle will ride on a complete Schwartz chassis fitted with RideTech triple-adjustable shocks. To save weight, all of the Chevy’s fasteners will be titanium, from the body bolts to the hardware on the Forgeline DE3S center-lock wheels.
As you can see by the pictures, there’s a ton of fab work in the Chevelle, including a custom rollcage for safety and one-off headers to help the big-block exhale easier. A custom billet dash will track the vitals while a Vintage Air system will keep everyone riding in comfort. The yellow PPG paint will be accented with raw carbon-fiber SS stripes. To track the progress of this killer Chevelle, and the other rides under construction, be sure to visit www.schwartzperformance.com.
Photos courtesy of Schwartz Performance