Under the hood of George’s Chevelle is a 427 big-block with Edelbrock’s proven Performer RPM top end package. A compression ratio of 10.2:1 from a TRW piston, a bowl-blended combustion chamber, and an MSD spark ensure plenty of horsepower, while allowing George to run pump gas, and a modified Demon 850-cfm carburetor directs the air/fuel mixture. Pushing the valves is a COMP Cams Thumpr camshaft that features a mild, 0.510/0.496 lift and 287/304 of duration at 0.050, which gives a super-aggressive sound without needing the high-tension valvesprings and other top-tier valvetrain parts. We also heard these cams are underrated when it comes to power output. The Richmond five-speed transmission, which we feel would really make this car a blast to drive but the owner confessed would change, is coupled to a Kevlar twin-disc clutch from McLeod Racing, and a Moser Engineering 12-bolt rearend with 3.55:1 gears and a positraction differential by Coast Driveline & Gear in Ventura, California, get the power to the pavement.
Instead of trying to take a car that was already a driver and bolting parts to it to make his own, George had no qualms about picking up an empty Chevelle shell and going to town completely. The custom, dark blue paint scheme was sprayed by Santicoy Auto Body out of Santicoy, California, where the body and frame were separated and given the royal treatment of sheetmetal repair and, while the body was receiving a deserved scuffing, the entire factory frame was powdercoated. Silver SS stripes cover the top, and all the chrome and trim was also rejuvenated.
Stopping the all-steel Chevy are Wilwood’s 13-inch, six-piston brakes at each corner, which definitely help the 3,600-pound ride come to a complete and hasty stop. The whole package rolls on Boyd Coddington’s 18-inch Magneato wheels, which have been blacked out on the spokes for a custom look. For tires, the Chevelle runs 255/40ZR18 in the front and 275/35ZR20 in the rear.
The suspension was also addressed with high-quality components that keep this stick-shifted ’70 stuck to the pavement. Hotchkis springs and Bilstein shocks attach the front and rear suspension, while Hotchkis’ sway bars keep body roll to a minimum during hard cornering. To incorporate George’s Boyd Coddington wheels, Little People Customs of Ventura, California, built some custom control arms and an adjustable rear suspension that allowed the tires to fit properly, giving a mean stance to the car.
Inside the cockpit is a sane and sanitary environment that just looks incredibly inviting to the drive-hungry gearhead. Just simple, comfortable buckets wrapped like the factory pieces, a fresh factory-looking dashpad and instrument cluster, and in the center of the beast, where the driver becomes connected with his car, the Long shifter that allows George to easily bang gears. Quality Upholstery in Ventura was able to restore the cool black office to its original condition, but, of course, it has some modern features. A high-end car stereo system from Pioneer, for example, is one upgrade George had to have for those nice drives in sunny Camarillo. CHP