Stewart's Kustom Upholstery was enlisted to create an interior that had all the style the exterior has. The shop re-foamed the stock front buckets and carved in a new shape. Then, along with the custom rear seat, it all got covered in a blend of black leather and perforated suede. All the little bumps and curves in the floorboard were smoothed out before getting covered in grey carpet. The headliner was sewn up out of the same perforated suede for a high-class look. A custom console with stainless trim houses a touch-screen monitor to control the satellite radio and iPod as well as the power windows and trunk release.
With the sewing complete, the Goolsby crew took the A-body back and built a custom dash that houses a full line of Classic Instruments gauges and Vintage Air controls. Tucked up behind the dash is a Kugel master cylinder and power booster mounted using a cantilever setup, as well as the Wilwood clutch slave cylinder. Buddy didn't want to be completely left out of the build process, so in his own words he decided to "whittle out all the little trinkets" for the interior, engine compartment, and undercarriage to add a little more style to the entire car. What can we say? It must be good to own a machine shop.
After all that work and a big wad of cash, the car was complete and was ready for its debut at the 2009 SEMA show in Las Vegas. This is where we first laid eyes on the killer Chevelle and were not surprised when the car was chosen to compete in the Optima Street Car Invitational. The SS was doing pretty well in the event until a small knocking sound started coming from under the hood. After a new engine from GMPP, the car was ready for us to shoot. Just like a good shot will give you a nice buzz, this Chevelle can get you drunk with envy.