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1967 Chevelle - Snakebit

SnakeBit

Here's something unusual - the owner of this 67 Chevelle is a big Viper fan, so he decided to put the best part of the Viper - that is the V10 engine and 6-speed trans - in his Chevelle. Absolutely no small task as this engine is VERY long!

The car was originally sent to a shop somewhere in Texas that ordered up a Schwartz chassis to give the Chevelle some attitude. Then then proceded to drop in the Viper drivetrain - then they stopped, and eventually went out of business. The owner then brought the car to Scotlea Hot Rods to finish - of course!! Unfortunately the prior work made the car undriveable as the engine sat just 2 inches off the ground, and the steering rack was a little lower than that. Likewise the reworked tunnel was too short so the driveshaft rubs all the time. So first order of business will be to cut the offending metalwork out, rework the front suspension and steering and make room for an incoming Paxton supercharger. Watch the progress unfold....

Starting point

After the front sheetmetal was pulled the front suspension was redesigned to allow for 4 inches of front ground clearance. The amateur firewall recess was removed, as was most of the firewall; then recovered to make it smooth. Parts of the tunnel were removed, then raised to clear the driveshaft.

Instead of simply shaving the door handles, we used handles from an Oldsmobile Intrigue for a smooth flush fit.

A Paxton supercharger and water-to-air intercooler was  added on just because we could - tight fit but it fits with factory inner fenders (slightly altered), and a big Wizard radiator and dual electric fans...

The last body mod was to lower the rockers to hide the new frame and give the car a lowered look.  Then the body was pulled off, put on the rotisserie for final welds and smoothing, then off to the body shop...

Now the chassis can get its final few mods, and the engine is stripped down for paint...

Drivetrain back in place and all shined up...

 

Body is painted and back on the chassis - ready for final assembly...