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General Information

Year
1966
Make
Chevrolet
Model
Elkie
Color
Haven't decided yet . . . probably sumpin' purple!
Packages
'Work truck', no fancy trim, 275hp 327 w/ factory 4 speed.
History
Bought it used, basically stock, in 1979. Paid a whopping $1200.

It was jacked up in the back with wide 15" tires on ugly slotted mags. The next day it was lowered all around with 14" whitewalls on Cragar 5 spokes!

Many changes later, took 1st place - 1991 Kamino Nationals, Palmdale, CA, '64-'67 Modified Division.

Got run into five times after, just minor sheet metal damage, but disheartening none the less.. Finally parked it in '97.

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Let it sit until 2015. Spent this past year, starting Nov. 11, on a complete resto/mod. Everything but a frame off.

Turns out this gem was wrecked HARD in it's previous life. All sorts of hidden damage and parts replaced. Whoever did the repair work and paint did a great coverup. I had it 37 years without knowing. And they must have owned stock in Bondo products!

At least it is was a Fremonyt, CA factory build, and spent it's whole life in the Southwest, so rust was pretty much nonexistent.
1966 Chevrolet Elkie (Haven't decided yet . . . probably sumpin' purple!)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Original small journal 327, bored .060 over. Original camelback heads, Stage 4 ported and polished, 1.94/1.65 valves, GM HEI.

Edelbrock intake and Performer 600cfm carb, Summit 'circle track' cam, Hooker headers, aluminum radiator.

Borg-Warner T-5 tranny, attached to a 12 bolt 3.31 posi.
Interior
Swapped in a '67 SS dash with gauges.

Upgraded to buckets and a '68 Camaro console w/ Speedhut GPS speedo and tach.

Later model GM tilt column with 9" Grant 'donut' steering wheel.

EZ Cool insulation in cab.
Exterior
SS hood.

Shaved emblems and branding. Changed to a '66' SS hood, '67 tailgate and bumper. LED reverse lights in bumper. Solid red tail lights in body.

Chrome 'Lake' pipes.

Hinged smuggler's box lid and rear battery relocation.
Audio
Retro Sound AM/FM radio

Alpine speakers

Kenwood 4-way amp.

Muntz Stereo 4 & 8 track cartridge under dash player w/ slide out rack
Suspension
Cut Corvette coil front springs. Chevelle rear springs w/ air ride.

Front disc brakes.
Wheel and Tire
Vintage 14" Rocket Racing 5 spokes with Toyo 185/75-14 whitewalls.

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