It's pretty safe to say that we have passed the "dirty" part of the restoration process and are finally on our way to the re-assembly portion of the Goodmark Project Chevelle.
But before we get too far into the finishing touches of our mega-cool giveaway ride, let's take a look at what went on to upgrade the stock underpinnings. First, the chassis was media-blasted and painted by the boys at Metal Finish USA before it received a fresh coat of PPG's DP90 black primer. After the framerails were dry, the next steps involved bolting all the new or newly restored parts of the chassis and suspension in place. Talk about new parts, the front and rear of the Goodmark Chevelle will be riding and relying on a bevy of Hotchkis Performance parts, including, adjustable upper rear control arms, lower trailing arms and trailing arm mount braces, 1-inch lowered coil springs, and a 1-inch sway bar, linking the Nationwide Performance Parts 9-inch rearend to the Chevelle's chassis. Up front, Hotchkis supplied its tubular upper A-arms, 1-inch dropped coil springs, and a 1 3/8-inch sway bar. QA1 adjustable shocks will keep all four tires stuck firmly to the ground, and Master Power Brakes will make sure the rubber stops as good as it rolls with a four-wheel disc brake conversion kit. Also on the list of suspension parts are the 2-inch drop spindles from Superior Spindles, Performance Suspension Technology's Polygraphite frontend rebuild kit, and AGR's 21:1 ratio steering box. Is it just us, or does this car sound more and more like a full-fledged Pro-built pavement cooker? One thing is for sure: This Chevelle is going to drive as good as it looks.
Speaking of looks, there are four different types of black paint used on the chassis and suspension parts, ranging from flat to gloss. This isn't only due to the fact that the factory used many different shades of black on a multitude of parts, but it's also intended to draw attention to the parts that have been taken off, restored, and reinstalled. If every part shared the same black paint, then it would look as if the entire chassis and suspension was painted all together. This is to trick the eye, rather than trick the customer.
So with all of this in mind, let's take a closer look at how all these parts fit together and how amazing the completed chassis looks. Next time around, the engine and body will be bolted in for (hopefully) the last time (or at least for the next 30 years.)