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Chevelle Malibu COPO Tribute
Iridesent Dusk Blue
ZZ454 Crate Motor w/ ZZ502 Cam, TCI Streetfighter 700R4, 2,400 stall converter, 12 Bolt Rear 3.73:1
COOL was bought new from Parkland Chevrolet in Asheville, North Carolina. COOL was 1 of only 798 Chevelles with the "955DE" Two Tone Paint Option: She came from the Baltimore Final Assembly Plant with a Glacier Blue body (Color Code 53) with a Dusk Blue painted roof (Color Code 51), full disc Wheel Covers, and White Wall Tires -- I'd love to have a photo of her when new. The interior was dark blue bench seat. Motivation was provided by a 307, a Powerglide transmission, and a 10 bolt rear. COOL spent most of her working life as a grocery getter within 20 miles of Asheville. The Wife and I picked COOL up in Johnson City, Tennessee and drove her home to Minnesota. That was a great road trip -- there were so many other motorists yelling "Hey, that's a cool car." That's how COOL got her name.
No real body modifications, just lots of new AMD sheetmetal. I had the Malibu Lower Chrome Moldings and "Malibu" emblems shaved, and I relocated the radio antenna to the factory correct location on the right quarter panel. COOL is a tribute to the Central Office Production Order Chevelles. COOL represents a COPO prepped by the Nickey Chevrolet Dealership in Chicago, Illinois.
In 2019 I swapped COOL's "big block domed hood" for a "cowl induction hood." The swap included the CI-style air cleaner.
I also restripped COOL with a stripe package similar to a Yenko. The jury is still out on that change, we'll see if I like it or not. The Wife likes it...
I switched COOL's blue bench seat interior to Black Bucket Seats with a Console and a Hurst Dual Gate Shifter. When I upgraded to the 700R4 I bought a brand new overdrive Dual Gate for it. The Dual Gate broke shortly after installation. I then installed a Shiftworks-modified "Slap" or "Ratchet" Shifter from a 1969 GTO (including the GTO Console). If the Hurst was built like a Jeep, the Pontiac Shifter is built like a Sherman Tank! Both bucket seats have seat track extenders that give an extra (and very welcome) 2 inches of leg room. Engine vitals are monitored by a Reproduction Stewart Warner Green Line Oil Pressure gauge, a Reproduction Stewart Warner Water Temperature gauge, and an antique "Big Daddy Don Garlits 'Signature Edition'" DixCo Tach.
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Mike Hagan Antique Auto Radio. Modern AM/FM Stereo Radio in an original look.
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When I first got COOL she had a nice little 350 CID engine that got decent gas mileage. I installed a GMPP 454 HO Crate Engine (which is dressed to resemble an L-72), a TH400, and a 12 posi in 3.73:1.
In 2017 I installed a built 700R4 overdrive Transmission.
In 2018 I upgraded the HO with a ZZ502 cam, Edelbrock Aluminum Heads (painted Chevy Orange for the stealth effect), Hedman headers, 2.5 inch custom bent exhaust pipes with an "X" crossover. I originally had a pair of Flowmaster 40s, but The Wife hated them (they were actually pretty obnoxious). I now have a pair of Flowmaster 70 Mufflers, and a pair of "Cherry Bomb" mufflers mounted as resonators. Nice and quiet when driven responsibly, plenty throaty at WOT.
I'd taken COOL to a local Holley "expert" for performance tune and she ran for carp. I retuned the Holley to factory spec and I was rewarded with a much quieter exhaust note as well as better performance and improved gas mileage! The Wife even thinks COOL sounds good.
COOL's suspension is raised by roughly one inch to appear "Day 2" period correct.
The Front End has a 1.25 inch diameter hollow front sway bar. Moroso "Trick (Drag Race)" Springs. Ball Joint Spacers, and 90/10 Drag Shocks (with extensions).
In 2018 installed a Lee Quick Ratio Power Steering Gear Box. An extremely nice box that was a drop-in. A great upgrade from the stock gear box.
The Rear End has a UMI 1 inch diameter solid swar bar, Moroso "Trick (Drag Race)" rear Springs, 50/50 shocks (also with extensions), UMI adjustable rear upper Control Arms, Lakewood "No Hop Bars," and the South Side Machine Shop lower "lift" Control Arms. I modified the LCAs with UMI's Rear Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets. The UMI Brackets are a HUGE improvement over the original SSM brackets and if I were to do it over I'd simply buy the UMI "Lift" LCAs (with brackets).
COOL has an antique Mr. Gasket "ET" Aluminum 12 bolt pumpkin cover which has got to be worth at least a tenth of a second in the Quarter Mile.
Wheel and Tire
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Front: 15x7 inch Cragar SS Mags with B.F. Goodrich P235/60-15 tires.
Rear: 15x8 inch Cragar SS Mags with B.F. Goodrich P275/60-15 tires.
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