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1967 Chevy Chevelle - Evolution Of A Dream

Keith Wagner's '67 Chevelle Has Evolved From Mild To Wild On Its Way To Street Domination.

By Pete Epple, Photography by Robert McGaffin

When Stoddard started the engine build, he knew it had to be something special. He started with a Brodix aluminum block and filled the bores with JE pistons. Howard rods connect the pistons to the Howard crankshaft that sets the rotating assembly into motion. Brodix aluminum cylinder heads were added next, followed by an Edelbrock intake manifold to deliver the air/fuel mixture to the combustion chambers.

A custom hydraulic-roller camshaft sets the valves in motion and releases exhaust gasses into the ceramic-coated Hooker headers waiting to direct them from the engine bay. A Holley four-barrel-style throttle body sits atop the intake and lets the forced air from the F2 ProCharger into the new aluminum mill. Two Aeromotive A1000 in-tank fuel pumps, Edelbrock fuel rails, and 160 psi injectors feed the hungry bullet that now lives under the hood.

Keith's need for more power has not deterred him from manually changing gears. A twin-disc Kevlar clutch from McLeod transfers power to a Jericho five-speed gearbox that Keith proudly operates. At the end of the driveshaft is a 9-inch Ford rear-end housing. A set of 3.55 gears turn an Eaton Truetrac differential, which spins the axles setting the American Racing Torque Thrust wheels in motion. Out back, BFGoodrich drag radials keep this Chevelle glued to the track and street while BFGoodrich G-Force TAs cushion the ride up front.

With the addition of copious amounts of power, Keith has high hopes for his once tame Chevelle. "Our expectation is to complete the dyno tuning and head out for some shake-down runs at the strip." Keith informs us. "The car should go deep into the 9s at speeds approaching 150 mph."

By Pete Epple
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