When Stanley Kubrick's movie about the Vietnam War debuted in 1987, the term "Full Metal Jacket" became a part of the national consciousness. The term itself, of course, refers to the type of ammo that armies around the world employ in their weapons. This is not the type of fragmentation round that hunters use. Instead, it's a round is designed to go straight and clean through. Much of the same can be said with Scott Conrad's impressive 1966 tube framed Chevelle. It's purpose built, fast, straight and true.
"I had been racing my 1969 Nova that I had since I was 14," Scott said, "and had taken it to the point of no returning it to the street. After my friends started getting married, having kids, and selling their cars, there seemed to be less and less of them going to the track. So, I then decided to build something that I could do more with than just race. I sold the Nova as a rolling chassis and bought the Chevelle so we'd have something that we can race, show or drive on the street."
Scott's attention soon turned to an unfinished project car he picked up: a boxed tube chassis, ladder bar 1966 Chevelle. Mike Balf Race Cars in Va. Beach, VA finished the rolling chassis, which is tied together by an NHRA legal roll cage. Balf assembled the front suspension with custom made A-arms that match the Mustang II spindles and rack & pinion. Out back is a Ford 9-inch rear which houses a Strange nodular center section, 4.56:1 gearing and 35-spline axles.
QA-1 single adjustable coil over shocks dampen the front and rear while Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes provide the stopping power. Balf also supplied other race related goodies such as a wheelie bar, parachute mount and Pro Mod style rear wing.
With all the right undercar pieces in place, Terry McDaniel began prepping the exterior. Stretching the rear wheel well openings helped accommodate the massive 18x33 Mickey Thompson ET Streets, which are mounted on 15-inch Weld AlumaStar rims. Ausley Chevelle provided new fenders and doors along with all the bumpers, trim, bezels & emblems while the fiberglass rear deck and hood came from Unlimited Products. McDaniel then finished the car with a vibrant custom mix DuPont basecoat/clearcoat.
Inside the car, the owner spent many hours fabricating custom components which blend in well with the competition interior. Most prominent is a gauge pod, which went in place of the heater controls and ash tray which were filled in and smoothed over on the lower dash. A full complement of AutoMeter Pro Comp Ultra Lite went in their place. Hand turned custom steel inserts in the dash and a shift/warning light center in place of the radio adds a unique touch along with the custom made console. Inside the glove box and under the dash is a MSD 6AL, 2-step, Dedenbear shift controller and an AutoMeter relay. Finishing touches include trans brake and line-lok controls on the steering wheel with a Dedenbear delay box, which mounts overhead. Creature comforts for this street machine include Momo bucket seats, power windows and a Flaming River tilt steering.
Of course, the real meat of the matter lies with what's under the hood. Sitting on the motor mounts is a Mk. IV 454 that came from his original Nova race car. Bored .030-inch over with a Scat crankshaft and high compression Arias 13.1:1 pistons, the engine in this Chevelle uses a Herbert solid roller cam to orchestrate all the inner workings contained within the closed chamber, oval port iron heads. Up top, a single Holley Dominator provides the air/fuel mixture that's drawn through a Professional Products intake manifold. A Barry Grant BG-400 fuel pump keeps the thirsty Holley from running dry while a Griffin 4-row aluminum race radiator keeps everything cool even on the hottest of days. Mike Balf fabricated the custom headers and exhaust system that utilizes Flowmaster mufflers. Behind the engine is a Turbo 400 with an ATI 5,500 rpm stall converter that's encompassed by a J.W. Performance Ultra-Bell bell housing.
At the strip, Scott's Chevelle runs 9.80's at 135 MPH in street trim. At the shows, the car always draws a crowd. On the street, it turns heads whenever it rolls by. Like the full metal jacket ammunition round, it's not for the average guy, but just for the hands of the few.