1972 CHEVELLE Restoration

It’s every man’s dream to build a special car with his father. This dream came true for a guy called  Chris who received the support from his father (and close friends) for his ultimate dream of building a project car.

Chris found the car that they are going to build near San Diego after using eBay. He had no idea about the condition of the car that he had bought. When he finally had a glimpse of the car for the first time after its arrival, he saw a big big challenge ahead of him. The car needed a massive overhaul!

It was Friday when the car arrived and by Sunday afternoon, he drove the car to his buddies and it was immediately disassembled.

The Restoration

Chris along with his friends ordered new sheet-metal and they patched the rust they found in the lower cowl area. Chris and his friends also hung new quarters, door skins, tail panel and outer wheelhouses. During this time, they are just using a small compressor, basic cutting tools and a MIG wielder in a 30×30 storage unit.

While Chris and his friends were doing all the necessary body works, the bent and cracked frame was sent to Frontier Rod in Cheyenne, Wyoming. From there, Kim Kollar was the one who was going to fix the damaged frame.

Eventually after finishing college, Chris moved to San Francisco along with his car. He continued working inside his parent’s garage. He picked up a good idea of a perfect paint for a car while working at Best of Show Coach Works (BOS) in San Marcos, California.

He wanted to use his car to showcase the best of what BOS can do; that’s why they took their time to make sure every little detail of the car was perfect, such as the panel fitment and smooth and tight lines and gaps.

1972 CHEVELLE lights

In order to save some cash, Chris worked overtime and it took almost two weeks to perfect the rear bumper. Though narrowing the bumper is a much easier task, Chris chose to widen the back of his car. While doing this, he received various guidelines from Dick Kravmme and Jon Lindstrom.

Though Chris was inexperienced in three-stage paint, he still chose to paint his car all by himself.

The Engine

1972 CHEVELLE engine

While Chevelle’s body was almost perfect, Chris was also working on its drivetrain. His dad said that a car like this needs something powerful beneath its hood. Luckily, Chris found a 540ci rotting in their shop. The rotting big-block was already worth nothing so he sent it to Don Lee Auto in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The result of a modified engine by Tim Lee with Holley 870-cfm carb that sits on a Merlin single-plane intake produced 469 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. A TKO 600 5-speed and a bulletproof rear end completes this set up.

Suspension And Wheels

1972 CHEVELLE wheels

To give the Chevelle the right posture, both Chris and his dad decided to modify its stance. They ordered a complete Shockwave kit from RideTech. Chris added a huge Wilwood six-piston brakes to the front of the car and 4-piston binders to the rear to counteract the forward momentum of the car. They chose 18×9 Bonspeed Huntington billet wheels in the front while 18×10 are used in the rear. All of these were wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport rubber.

The Interior

1972 CHEVELLE interior

The interior of this car had fair mix of stock factory parts and modified items. Autos International in Escondido did an amazing job of re-covering the stock seats in black leather that compliments the smoked glass kit from Prodigy Customs in Orlando Florida. A new set of Stewart-Warner gauges were also added.

Chris took charge of re-wiring the whole car including the air conditioning system and its awesome sound system. An Eclipse CD5000 was used to control the Rockford Fosgate amp and four-pack of Focal speakers.

After the countless hours of hard work from Chris along with his friends, the car ended up looking gorgeous and driving beautifully.


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