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1970 Chevy Chevelle - Cheap Street Chevelle: Interior

The best way to enjoy a musclecar is to drive it.

Photography by John Kiewicz

The best way to enjoy a musclecar is to drive it. That's right--plant your butt in the driver's seat, twist the ignition key to bring life to the healthy street/strip engine, and then drive to your cruise spot in style. But if your butt is resting on a torn-up seat with springs poking out, then the journey to the local cruise-in will be less than enjoyable. Moreover, a musclecar with a shabby-looking headliner and filthy carpet will do nothing to impress fellow gearheads as they check out your car.

Cheap Street Chevelle was shabby from the day CC purchased it in 1994. But over the last few years, it's been fitted with a new engine, transmission, and suspension. Outside, the car received the full make-over, including some new body panels and a fresh paint job. Yet the Chevelle still had a ratty interior, complete with torn-up seats, no headliner, and trashed-out door panels. We wanted to make the interior look as good as the exterior, but we didn't want to install a custom-stitched interior. Moreover, we were working on a budget, so the interior redo needed to be as low-buck as possible. Thus, we turned to Original Parts Group, which offers presewn interior kits for a variety of GM cars, including Chevelles, El Caminos, Monte Carlos, GTOs, Tempests, and LeMans. The OPG kits (ours was the basic Stage I kit that costs about $470) can be custom-tailored to fit the needs of your musclecar. Whether you only need a new carpet set and door panels or an entire interior kit, OPG is your one-stop shop for the goods you need to restore your musclecar's interior. Follow along as Mike Ambrose Custom Interiors installs the new OPG interior kit for Project Cheap Street Chevelle.

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