1967 Chevelle SS, Nostalgic Looks and Modern Performance
Published May 31, 2016
For many of us, cars that we covet as adults often played a significant in our lives as children. Randy Mason and his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle is no exception.
Like many of us, Randy has been a car guy his entire life. He started working on them at the age of seven helping out at his father’s service station. By the age of 15, his father bought him a pair of Corvairs for $30 that he restored.
To earn his engineering degree, Randy worked at Chevy dealerships and then went on to work with General Motors. Over the years, Randy has owned a 1965 Malibu, a 1969 Z/28 and an original 1979 SS454. His favorite over the years has been a black 1967 Chevelle he drove in high school. All his cars were eventually sold to meet family obligations.
As life moved on, the bug to own a muscle car bit right around the same time that a neighbor moved in next door with a 1967 Chevelle. The Chevelle that moved in was not just any Chevelle, it was a real “138”, meaning it was a real 1967 Chevelle SS that came with a 396 cubic inch V8. This story gets even better because it was not just any SS but an L78. This is the biggest 375 horsepower L78 you could get for your 1966 Chevelle. In 1967, the L78 motor for the SS was available only as a dealer installed option. Upon learning of this information, Randy had to make an offer for the car.
Fast forward a few years to 2005, the owner of the L78 Chevelle SS called Randy and he finally brought the car home.
At this point in time, Randy’s son Tim is now an adult and running a performance restoration shop. He grew up hearing his father’s stories of the black SS in high school and determined early on that this ‘new’ SS should be modeled after the high school Chevelle SS of yesteryear.
Tim took full responsibility for the project performing all body, chassis and assembly work himself. Randy chose to replace the L78 engine that came with the originally car with a newer LS engine. This was not to be any LS engine but rather a GM Performance Parts LSXX454 crate motor. The new motor is a substantial improvement over the old 427 big block that powered the SS producing 620 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.
Along with an updated engine, the chassis, brakes, and suspension are also updated giving the vehicle a modern ride. Hotchkiss control arms, springs and sway bars are used as well factory GM disc brakes at all four corners for stopping power.
While the powertrain components are thoroughly modern, Randy opted to keep the interior and exterior of the Chevelle SS stock looking. While the wheels look the part, they are 15 inch steel wheelies with dog dish caps wrapped in redline rubber. The result is a car that looks as it was driven in 1967 while underneath, it packs the serious power and performance. of today
In addition to a modern powertrain, it also packs modern creature comforts, albeit hidden from view. The air conditioning unit is stored underneath the dashboard and the stereo is packed in the trunk.
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