I've built this site to provide a source of information and documentation about what it is taking to convert my 67 Chevy II (250/Powerglide/2dr Sport Coupe) from it's solid, but aged condition, to a car that I'm proud to drive and show off again. Having it be a little bit of fun to drive after I'm done won't hurt either.
When I'm done, I hope to be able to drive it in town without it overheating or breaking and be able to take it to the local dragstrips for occasional 12-13 second blasts down the quarter at around 110mph. The car is being built to comply with NHRA rules for vehicles with or without slicks running 11.99 or slower.
I don't have unreasonable goals and having the budget for quality parts isn't much of an issue either. I'd much rather do it right than cheap the first time, but I'm not going to spend more money than I need to either.
|Engine||350+ hp 355, roller cam, vortec iron heads, headers, MSD ignition, and streetable on pump gas w/ vacuum secondary carb. Think ZZ4 without the aluminum heads (avoiding header fitment issues by going with iron over aluminum).|
|Trans, driveline||Solid TH350, snappy shifts, built to last. Driveshaft loop installed. Stock driveshaft, yoke, and u-joints.|
|Rear End||Just enough to handle the 355 and not blow. 3.55 gears, 8.2" 10-bolt Eaton Posi, and heavy duty c-clip axles should be plenty. I can't see getting enough traction on the street tires to tear an 8.2" apart.|
|Body||Stock body & trim. I've decided on red as the primary (only?) color on the body. See picture below.|
|Front Suspension||Stock, stock, stock with some tuning upgrades using modern technology and new replacement parts. Poly bushings, reinforced lower control arms, and quality parts.|
|Rear suspension||Stock, stock, stock with some tuning ugprades using modern technology. Poly bushings and multi-leaf springs. I may add (or build) traction bars of some sort in the future.|
|Chassis||stock chassis with subframe connectors cleaned and painted to shine. Nothing structurally fancy needed for a 99% street cruiser.|
|Electrical||Basically stock electrical system with a couple of modern upgrades; 100 amp internally regulated alternator and cleaned up wiring harnesses.|
|Wheels & tires||15" wheels, Centerline Santa Cruz wheels (see photo below). I'm shooting for 215s upfront on 7" wide wheels and maybe 245s in the back on an 8 inch wide wheel.|
|Interior||Stock, almost. Original looking repro door panels, seats, carpet, and dash. Replacing stock radio with a delete plate and a DIN mounted AM/FM/CD/MP3 player.|