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Bowtie Keepers: 1957 Chevy, 1971 Malibu, and 1984 El Camino

Bill Klein Apr 23, 2018
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002 1957 Chevy Interior 2/6
003 1957 Chevy Engine 3/6

This gorgeous ’57 Chevy two-door hardtop is owned by Butch Williams of Louisville, Kentucky. Butch performed the ground-up, frame-off restoration after selling a ’68 Camaro he’d owned for 25 years. Being a GM mechanic by trade—and currently employed at a body shop—certainly helped keep the costs down. The only job Butch didn’t do himself was the red-and-white two-tone paintjob. The ’57 is powered by an LS3/4L65E combo. Vintage Air A/C, power windows, three-point belts, and a custom Ciadella interior add comfort and safety. Since its completion in May 2016, Butch and wife, Donna, have driven it to Cruisin’ the Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, and plan to go cross-country on Route 66.

004 1971 Chevelle Mailbu Passenger Front Three Quarter 4/6
005 1971 Chevelle Mailbu Interior 5/6

Jason Vendetto of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, (Long Island) currently has a stable of four Chevy project cars. His latest is this ’71 Chevelle Malibu being built up Pro Street style. For now, the drivetrain consists of a 307 small-block, Turbo 350, and 10-bolt rearend. For exhaust, it has dual Cherry Bomb Glasspacks and cutouts. The wheels and tires are Jegs Sport Lite 15x7 with 225/60R15 front and 15x8 with 275/60R15 rear. The stock hood was replaced with a Harwood Show Series 4-inch cowl-induction lid. The interior has Summit Racing buckets with Simpson five-point harnesses and AutoMeter Phantom gauges to track the vitals. Future plans call for a 572ci crate engine and a high-gloss black paintjob.

006 1984 Chevrolet El Camino 6/6

George Chapa of Alice, Texas, bought this ’84 El Camino in March 1984. Yup, this is a one-owner ’84 El Camino. Thirty-four years and 99,700 miles on and it’s still turning heads. The Iris Rose paintjob (the latest of five) and Cragar S/S wheels wearing BFGoodrich Radial TAs certainly help garner the second looks. Under the hood, the 305 small-block has been rebuilt and the original TH350 is intact. A MagnaFlow exhaust adds a deeper, meaner tone. The original interior is still in good shape; the only change being a CD player swapped in place of the AM/FM cassette player. Over the years, the Elco has collected over 40 trophies from car shows around the area.

Photos courtesy of the owners

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