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Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

As promised here’s the build thread for our “new to us” 66 Chevelle. I’m finding it tough to describe how we came to the point of buying another car considering that we already have a pretty well accomplished street, auto-x and track Chevelle. I guess there is a loss of love going on for the car that I bounced off of a guardrail then plugged into the tire wall. Granted, it was all my fault and no fault of the Chevelle, but I still feel betrayed by the rocket ship that I’ve felt so comfortable in for so long. Or, maybe it was paying for paint and body for the third time that pushed me over the edge. Bottom line, once the old silver Chevelle is back together it will find a new owner and a fresh passion. With the current paint and body work complete it will never be this nice again, especially if we start driving on cross country trips and hitting track days like we always have.

Enough about the loss of love for the other car! Deb and I had talked about finding another car to build but definitely hadn’t been actively searching. A friend of mine from Georgia who occasionally buys Chevelle parts off of me and vise versa mentioned that a mutual friend had decided to sell his Malibu. I had seen the car a few times and knew it was nice but never really looked it over with a critical eye. I do remember driving my Chevelle from Indy to Nashville, TN for Goodguys back in 2013 and passing him on the bridge over the Ohio river just before getting into Kentucky. When I passed him there was a friendly wave and I flat out fell in love with the car.

So here’s what it is. A super clean, Mist Blue, 1966 Chevelle Malibu, 230cu straight six, powerglide transmission, black bench seat interior, AM radio, four wheel manual drum brakes, manual steering and just under 39,000 original miles. Yeah, I know what some of you are thinking. “Don’t modify such a nice original car”. Feel free to call, text, or private message me here or on facebook to tell me how strongly you feel about what we should do with our new car, but in the end we’ll make this car what we want and it will still be ours.

We’re still up in the air about some of the upgrades but right now here’s what it is looking like:
*LS engine
*Holley Dominator EFI
*Magnum T56
*DSE X-Gen front frame section grafted onto an existing Chevelle frame
*Full DSE rear suspension
*JRi coilovers
*ABC Performance mini-tubs and frame narrowing kit
*Baer four wheel disc brakes
*Dakota Digital Dash
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*C&R radiator with dual Spal fans
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Re: Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

Sounds like a great platform to start the new build on Tom. Congrats on the new to you car, and I say do whatever you want with it. If they are on the road, then they are out of the crusher or barn, so that is good in my eyes.
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Love the starting point! Looking forward to following the build.

Really makes me miss my 66, also started with a I6 but ended up a BBC/th400 street/strip ride.
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Re: Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

I look forward to seeing what you guys will do with this car. Very nice one to start with is a big plus.
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Sounds like a great platform to start the new build on Tom. Congrats on the new to you car, and I say do whatever you want with it. If they are on the road, then they are out of the crusher or barn, so that is good in my eyes.
Thanks Dan! We feel the same way, but there are definitely others who don't see it our way.

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Love the starting point! Looking forward to following the build.

Really makes me miss my 66, also started with a I6 but ended up a BBC/th400 street/strip ride.
Thanks Allen! As cool as it is to drive with the 6 and glide, they really don't serve much use with the fun stuff we do.

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I look forward to seeing what you guys will do with this car. Very nice one to start with is a big plus.
Thanks Randy, we are super excited to get wrenching on this one!

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Re: Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

Weren't you going to install a new front clip on the old car? Maybe I misread that awhile back not sure.

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Re: Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

Looks great Tom! Very nice original car. Can't wait to see everything done to it.

Are you going to be installing the DSE front clip onto the stock frame yourself?

Do you know which engine your going with?

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Weren't you going to install a new front clip on the old car? Maybe I misread that awhile back not sure.
You had read that right Rob, but once we started toying with the idea of another Chevelle it didn't make much sense to install it in the other one.

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I might not have mentioned before that we made the deal to buy the Chevelle without the 14" steel wheels and red line BFG tires. Yep, we thought they were cool but the money he knocked off for them was significant and he let us use them to get it home and take some pictures.

So, for the time being we are using these 17x8.5" C5 Vette wheels just like Deb has on her wagon and we stole a set of her BFG Comp-2 A/S tires. 255 front, 275 rear. They won't stay for long, but they do allow for some brake upgrades before we put it away for the winter.

Before putting the Vette wheels on , I grabbed one of the Vintage Wheel Works V40s from our silver 66 and one of Sam's Forgelines just to take a look. Since Sam's four door project is pretty deep on the back burner do to his new found busy life, we're "borrowing" a ton of parts from that build and really, his wheels were going to be part of that. So, I'm interested to hear what you guys have to say about wheel choices. We're not completely limited to these two and we're also not opposed to painting hoops or centers on the Forgelines. Between Sam, Deb and I we all have different opinions so nothing is set yet.

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That is one beautiful car to start out with. Im kinda diggin the Forgeline's
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That is one beautiful car to start out with. Im kinda diggin the Forgeline's
Ryan, do you have the real nice 1st generation black Camaro.
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Re: Another Farrington run at Pro-Touring

I like both wheels but the Forgelines look more "serious" IMO. To me, straight sixes and Powerglides are only good for one thing: boat anchors. Even in a stone stock Chevy. That Malibu looks very nice, and a good color. Are you going to keep the existing finish or paint it? It should be a fun build.
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I like both wheels but the Forgelines look more "serious" IMO. To me, straight sixes and Powerglides are only good for one thing: boat anchors. Even in a stone stock Chevy. That Malibu looks very nice, and a good color. Are you going to keep the existing finish or paint it? It should be a fun build.
Thanks Von!
I wondered if you would wander upon this thread or I was going to have to surprise you at the local cruise. I don't want to talk too bad about straight six and powerglides just yet since I plan to sell the combo on Craigslist soon but they definitely have no place in the hobby we participate in.
The plan is to leave the existing paint as is. it has plenty of flaws but to us they just add character and it will definitely be less difficult to watch stone chips happen if we don't spend a fortune on new paint.

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