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1966 Chevrolet Biscayne - Subtle But Deadly

Big Steve Smith and Nick Scavo build an SBDB.

Rearend: You might expect to see a Dana 60 under the rear flanks, considering the weight, but this is also the 12-bolt out of Nick's old Impala, and it has served him well. The Strange spool isn't exactly streetable, but it works OK, especially with mild 3.73 gears. The housing is fully welded with 33-spline axles and plenty of strength.

Suspension: Here, the game gets very simple. Weight distribution is important, but you won't find double-adjustable shocks or other exotic chassis components, though there is a second adjustment hole for the upper control arms to tune the instant center. There's certainly more to be gained in the chassis, but that would ruin the image!

Brakes: Steve added 12-inch front disc brakes from a '70 Impala that clear the steel, 15-inch wheels, while stock Impala drum brakes contribute enough to be useful.

Wheels/Tires: The only things worth talking about are the rear Mickey Thompson 295/65R15 Street Radials mounted on 15x8-inch steel wheels. The front tires are tall-'nuff said.

Body: Man, it doesn't get any more stock than this. The only real modifications are Steve and Nick widened the trailing edge of the inner wheelwells to clear the larger 295 tires. Once the minor sheetmetal work was completed, they repainted the area with trunk spatter paint, and only an Impala purist could tell. That's also the real battery in the trunk. The one up front is a sham, although if you connect a voltmeter to it, it will read system voltage. Sneaky, no?

Interior: Even less was done to the interior. There's no tach; Nick just shifts when he feels the engine quit pulling. With hundreds of runs on this motor, he knows when to shift.

Performance: On the day we watched the car run, it spun the tires on the starting line and ran a 10.50 pass, and Nick was disappointed. The nitrous bottle is in the back seat under a towel. To drive this beast, Nick has the steering wheel cocked slightly to the right with the tires pointed straight so he can trigger the nitrous with the horn button and keep his right hand on the shifter to manually shift the TH400.

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