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1967 Chevy Chevelle - Third Time's A Charm

When Neal Reid Decided To Rebuild His '67 Chevelle Convertible For The Third Time, A ZL-1 Went Under The Hood.

Photography by Geoff Stunkard

Tech Notes
What: A classic '67 Chevelle with all-aluminum super power. Yeah, a convertible, too...
Who: Neal Reid

Hometown: Denver, North Carolina is not the home of the Broncos.

Body Mods: This time, Neal again restored the car with steel and a new top to replace one that the last owner let rot.

Engine: Horsepower is the name of the game, and Neal decided to build a GM replica ZL1 block, which was produced only in small numbers this time around, (rumors out of Detroit estimate that less than 400 were built between the crate motor and the bare-block offerings, and the engine is now out of production). The stock-bore plant was fairly mild with 9.8:1 compression KB pistons, Scat rods, Hastings rings, and a GM steel crank. Charlotte's Blue Weber of Warlock Inc., did the balancing work on this part of the mill, with block prep by Dean Newcomb of Newcomb Performance in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Goodies: Not content with the ZL1 heritage, Neal's use of the '69 Tri-Power Holley layout takes this car one step beyond. We also dug the special ZL1 tags that were painted on the front fenders. It may be the ultimate resto-mod Chevelle drag-top.

Heads: GM oval-port aluminum heads are up on top, stuffed with good hardware from Comp, who also supplied a hydraulic cam. Meanwhile, onto the head went a '69 Corvette aluminum intake with a trio of Holley two-barrels for the ultimate in drivability and eye appeal. Braided 'Vette lines and an Optima battery round out the tricks, and the rebuilt air conditioning is a nice touch.

Transmission: For many true motorheads, grabbing gears is the only way to go, and an M21 Muncie four-speed is under the trans tunnel, complete with the stock clutch and flywheel. A Hurst stick topped off with the factory knob makes shifting easy. Out back is a 12-bolt rear with 3.55:1 gears and a Posi unit.

Interior: It's nicely optioned, including a rare adjustable steering column, wooden wheel, and blinker-style tach. The stereo is now stealthed into the center console with additional gear in the trunk

Paint: The Dupont Bolero Red paint and ZL1 graphics are both by Marty Brooks.Suspension: Hotchkis gets credit for the quick ratio steering, while GM supplied the front disc conversion parts. The rear still has OE drums.

Wheels/Tires: For a modern flair and big-show appearance, Neil chose Diamondback for a set of 245/45ZR17 front and 275/40ZR18 rear red line tires, on 17x8 and 18x8 Billet Specialties rims.

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