Week to Wicked is in its third day and the crew is steaming ahead. As with any build, there is still the risk for an unforeseen setback. That said, we thought people following the transformation of Super Chevy’s darn-near-stock 1967 SS396 Chevelle into a full-blown fire-breathing, Pro Touring beast would like a behind the scenes look at the preparations the guys made to ensure success. There are some great tips from the pros you can integrate into your at-home builds.
The number-one rule was each man had to have the right tools within his grasp to do the job in a professional manner the first time. This is where we’re giving Week to Wicked followers a peak behind the kimono and reveal it takes a hybrid mixture of tool brands to make it happen. And that means you’ll notice a Heinz 57 assortment. There are tricks to the trade when it comes to how guys do things. A good example is a mechanic might have his favorite 2-pound ball-peen hammer he prefers to use over others because the feel is just right. Typically every mechanic’s rollaway box has at least a few unusual brands in the drawer. Tools that have sentimental value because of a personal history, or they may possess a unique feature the mechanic values. And then there’s the big white-with-an orange-competition-stripe, Snap-on box Jim Reis rolled in from CPP’s R&D tech center, that’s packed with more Snap-on tools than a well-stocked Snap-on truck.
Even more tricks of the trade to make the job go easier and obtain perfect results are readily apparent from Jeff Abbott of Painless Performance Products. Jeff’s stringing out the wiring harness and you’ll notice a coat-rack-looking fixture. This is a homemade method, created by Jeff that gets the wires off the ground and aids as a visual device to quickly recognize each wire. Pretty smart stuff.
Can you build a car in a week? Not without the right tools and the perfect compliment of skilled people.
This is fun stuff once you’re aware watch the Week to Wicked videos and look closely at the still photography we’ve taken each day of this week long marathon build and see if you can spot a new way to do things you never thought of, or tool that really makes a difference how easily the job goes.
See more of how the car comes together at SuperChevy.com.
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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