The call to CPP Week to Wicked, presented by Super Chevy and Axalta was 8:00 am, but the sounds and smells of the marathon build to transform Super Chevy’s SS 396 AMD Chevelle into a full-fledged Pro Touring animal began filling the air at 6:00 am. The once totally rusted-out hulk of a genuine 138177… VIN-code-correct 1967 SS 396 Chevelle sat at the ready, parked outside Super Chevy’s Santa Ana, California tech center while the film, editorial, and build crews choked down aromatic fresh donuts and drank hot coffee as they prepared for the Zero Hour.
The guys unloading parts from the bobtail truck and sorting them out are CPP’s (Classic Performance Products) owner Jim Ries, engineer Danny Nix, and R&D mechanics Mike Briggs, and Luis Fernandez. Get a good look at the parts in their unassembled uninstalled form because it won’t be long before the Emerald Turquoise ’67 Chevelle, with its first-year front disc brakes and tiny rear drum brakes, get tossed for the good stuff needed to renovate the Chevelle into a modern-day muscle car of larger than life proportions.
Already, the pressed steel front suspension upper and lower control arms along with the stock Chevelle cast-iron spindles, coil springs and OE style shock absorbers have hit the shop floor.
There was just one quick run through to pull the 67 Chevelle into tech center for the film crew to ensure the lighting was correct and the sound would be right. Stay tuned because there’s a whole week of intensive transformation action to come.
What is CPP Week to Wicked Presented by Super Chevy and Axalta?
It all begins the morning of April 18 when our stock 1967 Chevelle will roll into Super Chevy’s Santa Ana Tech Center for a full teardown and rebuild. We’ll be pulling the car down to its bones, replacing steering, suspension, powertrain, drivetrain, and just about everything else you can possibly imagine; all with the goal of bringing the performance of a 1967 Chevelle up to par with modern muscle cars. It’ll be a mad rush till the very last seconds of our timeline. And if that wasn’t enough, immediately following the build, we’ll be driving the car on a 1,000-plus-mile road trip to prove its road readiness. We’ll be hitting the drag strip, the engine dyno, and a few scenic local sites!
How can you follow along from home? The entire event will be covered on SuperChevy.com via daily video and story updates, as well as on all of our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned for what is sure to be one heckuva ride!
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