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1964 Pontiac Wagon and 1966 Chevy Chevelle - Friends

Mike Artman’s Rat-powered ’64 Pontiac Wagon and Enzo Morales’ ’66 LS3-powered Chevelle

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Enzo Morales

1966 Chevy Chevelle

“When I was a freshman in high school, there was a senior who drove a stout ’66 Chevelle. It was fast! I always liked the lines on the car, so I set my sights on this model.” —Enzo Morales

Tech Notes

Who: Enzo Morales

What: 1966 Chevy Chevelle

Where: Carlsbad, CA

Engine: The project began with a used aluminum LS3 that Loe Pit Stop helped machine and assemble with 10.5:1 compression pistons, a Nelson Racing cam with 231/247 degrees of duration and 0.617/0.624 inches of lift. The heads were also ported by Richard Reyman at West Coast Racing Cylinder Heads in Reseda, CA, with a FAST intake and a 102mm throttle body. The EFI is controlled by a Holley HP computer and fed by an Aeromotive Phantom fuel delivery system. The exhaust consists of headers and a complete DynoMax 3-inch system built by Warner’s in Oceanside, CA.

Transmission: Starting with an ACT aluminum flywheel (with a steel insert), clutch, and pressure plate, and a GM bellhousing, Enzo bolted on the T-56 trans, which also required some significant floorpan surgery to fit inside the Chevelle’s narrow trans tunnel.

Rearend: A Moser 9-inch completes the drivetrain with a set of Richmond 3.73:1 gears, a limited-slip, and a pair of Moser axles.

Suspension/Brakes: RideTech supplied a complete front and rear coilover shock system for the Chevelle, commanded by a Lee Manufacturing 12:1 fast-ratio steering box. RideTech also supplied the front and rear sway bars. As for brakes, Enzo fitted 14-inch rotors and calipers from Kore3 at all four corners.

Wheels/Tires: With monster rotors, this demanded a minimum of an 18-inch-diameter wheel, which Budnik supplied with GTX wheels 9 inches wide in the front and 10 inches wide in the rear. Tires are 275/35ZR18 front and 285/35ZR18 rear Falkens.

Exterior: When it came time for paint, Enzo took it to Best of Show Coachworks in Escondido, CA, for a shot of classic Deep Tuxedo Black.

Interior: Elegance Auto Interiors in Upland, CA, laid down the black leather for the interior, while the instrument panel contains a factory-style gauge package, including the knee-knocker tach, modified and restored by Redline Gauge Works in Santa Clarita, CA, that includes VDO internals and a functional LED shift light. American Autowire supplied the new wiring harness.

Performance: Enzo says his Chevelle runs very similar times to Mike’s in the low-12s, and the Chevelle can knock down 21 mpg on the highway. Those Second gear burnouts tend to hurt the in-town mileage.

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