DRIVETRAIN, CHASSIS, AND ROLLERS
With the transmission and LQ9 bolted into the chassis, Barkley opted for a classic Z/28 airbox, an air-conditioning setup from Vintage Air (which positions the compressor in a higher location than the standard LS), and the factory LS serpentine system.
A Dynotech aluminum driveshaft was ordered for the Chevelle and tied our 12-bolt to the 4L60E nicely. The exhaust system is from Flowmaster’s American Thunder series, which Scudellari bolted up to Doug’s long-tube headers.
Here's a shot of the whole thing assembled.
Under the car reveals the Holley LS swap oil pan (PN 302-1) nestled over the factory K-frame. We actually had to space the engine up a little to clear the sweep of the steering centerlink.
The wheels on the Chevelle are YearOne’s 17x8 aluminum Z28 replicas, while the tires are Fuzion ZR1s that measure 245/45/17 in the front and 275/45/17 in the rear. The suspension and ride height are totally stock, but that will change.
You could call this "Stage One" of this Chevelle buildup, as plans for a full Detroit Speed & Engineering suspension upgrade, a Strange Engineering S60 rearend, self-learning fuel injection, and more aggressive wheels and tires are also in the works for this Chevelle. Keep following the magazine to find out what this car can do on the autocross, as well as the dragstrip.