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Bowtie Keepers: 1966 and 1970 Chevelles and a 1955 Bel Air

Bowtie Keepers

Bill Klein Jan 23, 2019
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Birthday Build
Brian Turner should be nominated for husband of the year. For his wife’s birthday he bought her a 1970 Chevelle and spent about 2 1/2 years restoring and updating it. It was a frame-off build where the front floorpans, trunk pan, and both quarter-panels were replaced. With the chassis easy to get to, it got bits from BMR Suspension. Under the hood is a Skip White Performance 406 small-block that puts out over 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and is backed with a 700-R4 transmission. The interior got a dose of leather along with Dakota Digital gauges and a BMR sport shifter.


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Garage Built Bel Air
Ten years, a two-car garage, and one dude. Jeremy Beavin built this 1955 Bel Air for his father for him to cruise in and take to shows. Jeremy did it all, from bodywork and paint to the engine and wiring. Nestled in the engine bay is a Gen VI-based 454 topped with a Dyer’s 8-71 supercharger, 5-percent underdriven. A Comp blower roller cam sets the engine’s beat. Behind that BBC is a Turbo 400 and a 9-inch with 4.10 gears and a Detroit Locker.


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Big-Block Survivor
What we have here is a genuine, real-deal VIN code 138 1966 Chevelle SS 396. This all-original (except wheels and tires) Aztec Bronze beauty belongs to Michael Manship of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Under the hood is the 325hp L35 fronting a Powerglide transmission. The interior is done up in a fawn two-tone. According to Michael, his SS has all its original sheetmetal (with no rust) and has had just one respray and carpet redo back in 2003. Power steering and a Vintage Air A/C system definitely confirm this as one sweet driver.

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