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“Mayhem”-1971 Chevrolet Chevelle-Under Construction

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle

Overview

The “Mayhem” project is well underway at DCC.  Keep checking back, as there is much more to come…

MAY 2018:  Three generations of ownership are being preserved in this build.  The client’s grandfather originally owned it.  Eventually, it was handed down to the client’s father and ultimately to the client.  It had one prior paint job and the usual 70’s/80’s custom parts.  A decade ago, it got rear-ended while parked in a driveway and has been sitting in the backyard for almost 5 years.  The usual rust is present around the rear window and lower areas of the fenders.  This will be every bit of a “body-off” build, but so far, we don’t see the need for rotisserie work.  The end result will be a very fast, very comfortable resto-mod driver that the entire family can enjoy.  All that will be left on this vehicle from 1971, will be the body and the frame.

After winching it onto the trailer and transporting it to DCC, we grabbed some fuel and a battery for the car.  As complete as this rig was, we figured it could very easily be under its own power until such time we HAVE to pull the drivetrain.  It has an appointment with a frame-straightening rack, so we didn’t want them to have to push the car around by hand.  Fuel was poured into the tank, the battery was hooked up and with one turn of the key – – MAYHEM is alive again!  While waiting for the frame appointment, we started minor bodywork and stripped off non-essential body parts.  We have purchased the entire left rear quarter panel since the labor to straighten the damaged existing piece would be cost-prohibitive.

Now for the FUN part.  The owner has been planning this build for the last decade.  This car is being built for cruising to LS FEST, car shows, and various US Power Tours.  It may spend some auto-cross track time at these events and maybe even a few timed trips down 1320 feet of asphalt.  With all of this in mind, the owner decided on a nice new GM Performance “Connect-and-Cruise” LS-A supercharged 6.2L crate-motor backed by a 4L85E transmission.

JUNE 2018:  The drivetrain combo has been delivered and is waiting for its fresh engine bay.  The 556-plus horsepower will be delivered to the original 10-bolt differential, upgraded axles, and a fresh AUBURN limited-slip unit.  We will decide what gear ratio to use as the build progresses.