The word "stock" gets thrown around a lot in the go-fast hobby. If you don't believe us, just look at the world of outlaw drag racing, which is filled with cars that claim to have stock suspension. Even though stock doesn't always mean what you think, Shannon Medley's Chevy II is a killer example of a fast car using stock parts. It's a budget build that relies on a healthy dose of nitrous oxide, but it's bad fast and catches everyone by surprise when it busts off mid-6-second passes in the eighth-mile.
It's a down-and-dirty setup, and you won't be impressed by the car's finish quality, paintjob, or interior. You will, however, be impressed by the unbelievably simple combination that seems to work flawlessly. Shannon started with a solid 1966 Chevy II body that he picked up for $4,500 and stuffed a stock, high-mileage LT1 under the hood. Everything else is very low-tech, but the car proves to really get down when the spray is in full force.
Shannon drives the car on his daily commute and races it every chance he gets, as well as an occasional trip to the local cruise night. He definitely gets a lot of use out of his budget beater, and his combination actually works to his advantage for regular driving characteristics. A high rearend gear, tight converter, and stock engine make for a very fuel-efficient machine, generally netting 24 mpg. Proving the car's reliability, Shannon drove it to I-40 Dragway, a 200-mile round-trip from his home in Ringgold, Georgia, for a test-and-tune session. The lack of cage or any other racing equipment makes it tough to pass tech at most tracks, but Shannon sneaks by from time to time.
So far, with numerous test-and-tune sessions, Shannon has run a best of 6.59 at 103.9 mph in the eighth-mile. In case you're trying to do the math, that's somewhere in the 10.30 range in the quarter-mile—pretty strong stuff for a stock LT1 on nitrous.
Even though Shannon spent a hefty sum for the body, he used cheap parts for the rest of the build, scrounging swap meets and his personal stash of speed parts. The two-stage dry nitrous system is homemade, and it's yet another dirt-cheap setup that seems to work well for this combination. So, no matter your definition of "stock," keep this Chevy II in mind anytime you're planning to race someone with a stock engine. You might be surprised by the outcome when a low-buck beater shows you its faded and cracked taillights.