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General Information

Year
1971
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Chevelle
Color
White
Packages
SC&C Stage II Suspension kit, SS Dash with Dakota Digital VHX Gauge Cluster, Dakota Digital Retained Accy and Headlight Control, Digital Guard Dawg Security, Carbeau TRS heated Seats with 4pt Harness and Harness Bar
History
Original 1971 Chevelle Malibu with 350, TH350 with B&M Shift Kit, 10 Bolt, bench seat, sweep style dash with column shifter. Purchased by my dad while I was in highschool as a father-son project. Swapped out original intake with Edelbrock Performer RPM dual plane intake, changed old Holley carb for Edelbrock 650cfm carb, changed over points to HEI ignition.
Car ran well enough (engine was pretty stout), but electrical problems always meant that it was a gamble whether it would start or not. Also, no battery tie down meant that the battery tended to migrate around hard corners. This led to the battery ripping out the connection to the external voltage sensing circuit, and wouldn't allow the car to start. Knowing nothing about electrical, I dove in and began to better understand how these cars were originally wired (and poorly designed).
As usual, scope creep is real, and that led to everything else...
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle (White)
694920

Modifications

Drivetrain
350 engine with headers, Edelbrock Performer RPM dual plane intake, Edelbrock 650 cfm carb, HEI distributor. Will be replaced by:

383 stroker engine - SCAT rotating assembly, -10cc wiseco forged pistons, Comp XE282 custom grind (112 LSA), AFR Street Eliminator 195cc CNC Aluminum heads, Crane Gold 1.5 full rollers, Edelbrock Performer RPM dual plane intake, Edelbrock E-Street 2 EFI with ignition control and Electric fuel pump sump kit.
Interior
Completely gutted. Seats, door panels, carpet, dash pad, dash, wiring harness, windows and original hand cranks removed. Column shift was moved to a floor shift - Lokar th350 transmission mounted shifter installed, which required the welding of new transmission hump for a 4-speed car (this ended up fitting the lokar shifter perfectly, and makes the car look like a manual. So I got that goin for me, which is nice). Bucket seat conversion including welding of new bucket seat brackets. Found cancer in 3 of 4 footwells, necessitating their removal and replacement with AMD panels. New panels welded in, all rust sanded off. POR-15 over entire interior, followed by Dyna Mat X-Treme over all areas of interior, including doors. New carpet installed from Rock Auto. New AAW Classic update wiring harness installed. Added electric locks, electric windows, heated Corbeau TRS seats, Dakota Digital VHX gauges, Dakota Digital Retained Accessory module and Auto Headlight control, compass and outside temp sensor, Digital Guard Dog pushbutton start with remote access and door/trunk electric lock control. Harness bar mounted behind bucket seats, mounting to stock seatbelt locations on floor and in roof.
Designed and fabricated custom center console to house all after market modules and wiring.
Added LED strip lighting under Dash for footwell lighting, and connected to courtesy lamp circuit.
Exterior
No changes to exterior. Car was originally a sunflower yellow, I believe, and has been red, blue, and now white throughout its life (obvious at areas around the doors). Looks as though there was a passenger side collision, and the passenger door was replaced from a donor car, and the frame rail is slightly tweaked under passenger door.

Added Jeep HID lights with White Halo DRL
Audio
Retrosound Model Two bluetooth radio
Suspension
SC&C Stage II Suspension Kit:

1. SPC adjustable front upper A-arms with greasable delrin bushings and offset pivots, and Howe Precision series Xtra tall upper and tall lower ball joints.
2. SPC Performance spring kit (F+R).
3. UMI Performance rear Roto-Joint/Poly tubular lower and adjustable Roto-Joint upper control arms.
4. Hellwig tubular sway bars ** - 1 1/4" front, and 1 1/8" adjustable rate rear.
5. Varishock SS single adjustable shocks (F+R)
Wheel and Tire
Currently original 15" Cragar SS wheels with nothin-fancy tires.

Eventually:

American Racing AR105 M Torque Wheels - 18x9 front and 18x10 rear with Sumitomo HTR Z II tires 265/35R18 front and 285/35R18 rear. Backspacing is going to be an issue here, as will bolt pattern, but a wheel spacer/adapter should solve this issue.

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