Here's a sad collection of crusty old Chevys that's sure to get your imagination running wide open. The bad part is that these gems are--make that were--located in Rustachusetts, where the combined effects of winter road salt and the damp climate accelerate the rust-out process like there's no tomorrow. But thanks to our time machine, we can zip back and set things right.
The time traveler screeched to a halt for this one. It's the same '62 Nova featured in the Mar. '62 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Still resting beneath the gaping hood is the Rochester-injected 327 fuelie mill swapped in by Ray Brock and Bill Thomas for the feature story. The 3.70:1 Posi-traction rearend is missing, along with the door and interior. Otherwise, it could be saved.
The time machine tells us this is one of a handful of Z-11 427-powered '64 Chevelles built. Word is, Chevrolet initially intended to run a bunch down the assembly line for eligibility in NHRA Factory Experimental, but the March 1963 racing ban forced the Z-11 swap to be done by selected privateer racers. Dick Harrell and Malcolm Durham each built one-with covert factory help-but because they weren't factory-built, they had to run in the Modified Production class.
This '60 Bel Air packs the base 235ci Hi-Thrift six and two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. But we'll go back and talk the original buyer into ordering the Special Super Turbo Thrust 348, four-speed manual transmission and Posi-traction axle. The SSTT 348 packed 350 hp and used a special cast-aluminum triple-carb intake manifold. Lesser triple-carb W-motor intakes were iron. If the Ram Jet Rochester fuel-injected 283 hadn't been dropped for 1960 (in passenger cars-it lived on in Corvettes), we'd order it instead and make that four-speed a close ratio.
After more time machine tune-ups, this pair of W-motor Impalas stands ready for restoration. The '63 is a Z-11 with most of its aluminum front end sheetmetal intact. The wild 427-cube W-motor is missing only the cowl-fed air cleaner assembly. The '64 is "just" an L80 car with a steel nose, a dual-quad 425hp 409, and rare factory-issue 4.56:1 gears.
* Most people suffering from delusional thoughts are totally unaware of the fact.
* We're totally joking about these cars. It still sucks to see even run-of-the-mill Chevys go to the crusher like these did.