Back in the June ’11 issue, Patrick Hill wrote a story discussing how to pick your next project car based on how much project car you could handle. The story mapped out things to consider when taking on a build. The car used as an example in the story is our newest Super Chevy project, dubbed the AMD Chevelle. It’s an original 1967 SS396. The idea of this project is to show you how to take the worst possible clapped-out rust bucket and transform it into an assembly-line-fresh muscle car. For the first phase of the project, we plan on bringing it back as close to factory fresh as possible.
Before we could add the new suspension, driveline, or interior panels, the sheetmetal side of the restoration needs to be addressed. The Chevelle has seen better days and has some serious rust issues along with dents and dings acquired over the 44 years the car has been out in the elements. With good donor cars getting harder and harder to find, the rebuilding process has gotten more in-depth, which you will see with this car.
We’ll be getting all the metal for this car from AMD’s extensive line of replacement sheetmetal for ’66-67 Chevelles/Malibus. While there are companies out there offering metal parts for these cars, AMD is the only one offering a full roof skin, hinge pillar post, and a full dash. AMD has also made all new tooling for the quarter-panels, which are now thicker than before with nice, crisp lines.
Handling the restoration of the Chevelle will be Craig Hopkins and his crew of Aaron Hopkins, Caesar Brecino, and Chris Dyer at C. Hopkins Rod & Custom in Commerce, Georgia. Craig’s shop is AMD’s main installation and R&D center, so we have one of the best crews doing the work.