During the car's stay at Larabell's, Jed decided to build up a new powertrain for the Juggernaut. For the mill, Jed started with a clean 1975 454, which he had punched out to 496 by MBJ Machine. The freshly machined block was outfitted with a stock steel crank, TRW 12:1 pistons, Comp solid roller cam (714 lift, 304 intake duration, 312 exhaust duration on a 108 centerline), Brodix BB-2 heads, Brodix HV2001 intake, and Holley 1050cfm carb, all assembled by Jed and long time friend Jeff Smith.
Other accessories needed to breath life into (and keep healthy) the Rat include an AFCO aluminum radiator, MagnaFuel Pro Star 500 fuel pump, Jones Racing front pulley system with 100amp alternator, Canton oil pan, MSD 7AL crank trigger ignition system, and Hooker 2-1/8 inch super comp headers. All this stuff allows the engine to crank out 635 hp at 6,600 rpm, and 548 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. This powerplant is backed by a Dedenbear Powerglide, 4,500 stall converter, 9-inch rear end with 35-spline axles and 4:57:1 gear set strapped to a spool. Oh, and we almost forgot: Mike also fabricated the rearend housing.
When Larabell finished his work, Jed brought the car back to his man cave to finish off the rough bodywork, and get the car sprayed. The shell was shipped off to Tony Chadeayne at West View Auto Body, where the blocking commenced. The typical hammer, fill, sand, prime scenario went on for a while to get the car way too straight for just a drag car. Jason Sprengle handled the task of covering up all that straightness. He expertly laid down the Crystal Claret PPG paint, and even came up with the silver and charcoal detail graphics. The silver used on the graphic is the same silver you'll find in the interior, and on some of the suspension components.
Jed was now getting down to the nitty-gritty, and just needed to stuff his engine and trans in, wire it up, and finish off the interior. The cabin is mostly comprised of roll bar, but was still given the same attention the rest of the car received. Fresh black carpet was laid down before the Kirkey seats and RCI belts went in. A new set of door panels and dashpad were installed, along with a Covan's dash insert filled with Dakota Digital and Auto Meter gauges. But the crown jewel inside the car is the killer center console that Jed made from, get this...conduit and a road sign! The console holds the Turbo Action Cheetah shifter and Auto Meter Tach. Another cool little deal Jed did was installing the shift light in the cigarette lighter position.
We here at Super Chevy are very impressed with how nice Jed's Chevelle came out, especially with how dang fast it is. Just out of curiosity we asked Jed two questions. One was, if you could do something different what would it have been? Jed answered "I would go look at a car before I purchase it so I didn't have to start with a totaled car."
Our second question, can you take us for a ride to a place where you can do a big smoky burnout for us? Jed answered with a simple "Yes," and told us to get in. When we said the car will knock your eyeballs to the back or your head, we weren't lying, as it happened to us. The G forces when Jed puts the hammer down are just great, and put a smile on our faces like we were kids who just got a big piece of candy (best e.t. so far is a 10.596 at 127.53 with a 1.53 60-feet). If you would like to see the burn out video we shot of the A-Body, check out superchevy.com. And if you happen to be in the St. Louis area, keep an eye out for Jed's Juggernaut.