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General Information

Year
1969
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Chevelle Malibu SS 396 Tribute
Color
Iridesent Dusk Blue
Packages
ZZ454 Crate Motor w/ ZZ502 Cam, Tremec TKX 5 Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive, 12 Bolt Rear 3.73:1
History
CQQL was bought new from Parkland Chevrolet in Asheville, North Carolina. CQQL 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. CQQL spent most of her working life as a grocery getter.

When I got CQQL she'd undergone her first restoration. She was LeMans blue with a Rolled and Pleated black interior, a mild 350 and a TH350 automatic, and star mags.

The Wife and I picked CQQL up in Johnson City, Tennessee and drove her home to Minnesota -- a trip of 1,100 miles. That was a great road trip -- there were so many other motorists yelling "Hey, that's a cool car." That's how CQQL got her name. CQQL sports a personalized license with the digits "CQQL" which is a tribute to the Moon Equipment Company's Mooneyes.
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 396 Tribute (Iridesent Dusk Blue)

Modifications

Drivetrain
CQQL is motivated by a ZZ454 Crate Engine (which is dressed as an L-78) with a ZZ502 cam, Crane Valve Springs and a set of Crane Rocker Arms.

The ZZ454 feeds a Tremec TKX 5 Speed overdrive transmission, I replaced the shifter with a Qwik Stik that has shift stops built in so that the TKX doesn't take the punishment when power shifting.

The rear end is a 12 Bolt with Positraction in 3.73:1, and rear disc brakes.
Interior
Black Buckets but no console. The 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.
Exterior
CQQL has had the Malibu trim and name plates I shaved. A Cowl induction hood includes the CI-style air cleaner gear. I relocated the radio antenna to the factory correct location on the right quarter panel. She has all new stainless trim, door handles, etc.
Audio
Mike Hagan Antique Auto Radio. Modern AM/FM Stereo Radio in an original look.
Lighting
Front parking lamps modified to function as daytime running lights. Original T-3 Headlamps.
Exhaust
Set of Hedman Headers (2 inch primaries) with a 3 inch mandrel bent exhaust system with an "X" crossover. FlowMaster 70 Mufflers and a pair of "Cherry Bomb" mufflers mounted as resonators. Nice and quiet when driven responsibly, plenty throaty at WOT.
Suspension
CQQL's suspension is raised by roughly one inch to appear "Day 2" period correct.

The Front End has a UMI 1.25-inch diameter hollow front sway bar, Moroso "Trick" Springs, Upper Ball Joint Spacers, and 90/10 Drag Shocks (with extensions), and Power Disc Brakes.

Lee Quick Ratio Power Steering Gear Box. An extremely nice box that was a drop-in (no adaptors!!!). A great upgrade from the stock steering gear box.

The 12 bolt Rear End has a UMI 1 inch diameter solid sway bar, Moroso "Trick" Springs, 50/50 shocks (with extensions), UMI adjustable rear UCAs, and UMI LCA "Lift Bars."

CQQL 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
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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