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'69 Chevlle SS 396
Brian Panning
Yorba Linda, CA
ENGINE
Type: Dart Big M displacing 540ci
Block: four-bolt mains, cast-iron, 4.500-inch bore, Dart stud girdles
Oiling: Milodon pan and pump
Crankshaft: Sonny Bryant billet, 4.125-inch stroke
Connecting Rods: Manley Pro-Series I-beam
Pistons: custom ceramic-coated by Ross, notched, Total Seal rings, 11.5:1 compression
Cylinder Heads: 335cc Dart Pro 1 aluminum, CNC-ported and polished
Valves: Manley Severe Duty stainless steel, 2.30/1.88-inch
Camshaft: COMP Cams solid-roller, 0.720-inch lift, 280 degrees at 0.050
Valvetrain: COMP Cams Pro Magnum 1.7:1 roller rockers, bronze guides, Manley springs, Dart titanium retainers and locks
Timing Set: Cloyes double-roller
Induction: Dart single-plane intake, ported; Holley 1050 Dominator by SMI (Huntington Beach, CA) with a Wilson 1-inch spacer; custom cold-air intake with K&N filters
Ignition: MSD Digital-6 Plus box and billet distributor, 39 degrees max timing
Exhaust: custom coated headers with 2-3/8-inch primaries by Buxton Motorsports (Laguna Hills, CA); Borla 4-inch exhaust with XR-1 muffler
Cooling: Be Cool radiator with 18-inch mechanical fan and Edelbrock high-flow pump
Other: Street & Performance serpentine belt system
Output: 823 hp at 6,900 rpm, 731 lb-ft at 4,700 rpm on Superior Automotive's DTS engine dyno
Built by: Superior Automotive (Anaheim, CA)
Thanks to: Joe Jill at Superior Automotive, Rex Buxton at Buxton Motorsports, Roy at J&S Gear
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Turbo 400 with a 9-inch converter (3,500 stall speed), transbrake, and line lock by California Performance Transmission (Huntington Beach, CA); B&M Megashifter and cooler; Deist trans blanket
Rear Axle: GM 12-bolt narrowed to 54 inches, Strange 4.56:1 gears and 33-spline axles, Eaton limited-slip, TA girdle, built by J&S Gear (Huntington Beach, CA)
Driveshaft: Steel with high-strength yoke by Buxton Motorsports
CHASSIS
Frame: stripped to bare metal and repainted
Front Suspension: Global West tubular A-arms, Alston VariShocks, Moroso springs (lowered), Hotchkis antisway bar (when installed)
Rear Suspension: Alston upper and lower control arms, QA1 shocks, Moroso springs, Hotchkis antisway bar, Lakewood No-Hop traction bars
Steering: original GM power steering,
Brakes: original GM front disc/rear drum with ABS Electro Hydro-Boost
Other: custom eight-point rollcage with swing-out door bars, 20-gallon fuel cell, dual trunk-mounted batteries, driveshaft loop, all by Buxton Motorsports
Built by: Buxton Motorsports
Vehicle weight: 3,750 pounds
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: Weld Draglite: 15x5 front, 15x8 rear
Tires: M/T Sportsman 28x7.50-15LT front, M/T Street Radials 275/60-15 rear
BODY & PAINT
Body: Harwood 4-inch cowl hood, smoothed custom firewall by Buxton Motorsports, Rhino-lining in trunk
Paint: Monaco Orange by Tustin Body Works (Tustin, CA)
INTERIOR
Covan's Classic gauge panel with Auto Meter Ultra-Lite gauges, Lecarra steering wheel, Corbeau seats, RCI five-point harnesses, Vintage Air A/C, OEM-style replacement carpet, headliner, and door panels, Eclipse head-unit, speakers and eight-disc CD changer, Rockford Fosgate Punch subwoofer and Prestige amps, Painless Performance wiring harness
PERFORMANCE
1/4-mile:10.60 at 127 mph