Orange Bang – Classic Lines and Corvette Power

June 10th, 2010

When it comes to classic muscle cars the Chevelle is certainly one of the most popular platforms to build upon. Some take the restored approach and can’t bear the thought of separating a family of parts that has lived under the same hood and underbelly since the day the car rolled off the assembly line. The whole numbers matching concept is great for the enthusiast who wants his or her car to hold up under scrutiny from the most discerning purist. The other type of enthusiast not only wants a great looking muscle car, but also one they can beat the snot out of every time they climb behind the steering wheel.

A 450-horse 383-ci LT-1 fills the detailed doghouse of this timeless classic. TPS aluminum cylinder heads, TPS throttle body, COMP Cams camshaft, and Callies crank and rods crowned with Diamond pistons make it purr.

For Tracey Dennis of Lubbock, Texas, a car that would hang at any Goodguys Show, yet accelerate, stop and steer like a modern ride is the route he wanted to travel. A ’67 Chevelle was located with much of the modern flavor you see here already intact.

For a professional ground-up customization treatment the body was removed from the chassis. The original rails were powder coated in silver and adorned with Air Ride Technologies Shockwaves used to drop the Bowtie fenders down over a set of staggered 18 x 8-inch front and 20 x 10.5-inch rear Billet Specialties billet wheels. Nitto P245/40ZR18 front and P295/35ZR20 rear pavement skins were used to provide the ultimate in grip characteristics. Hotchkis tubular upper and lower control arms provide solid foundation for the adjustable ride, while a Hotchkis 1 3/8-inch rear sway bar keeps the tail end from getting too loose when Tracey whacks the throttle. For the ultimate in stopping performance Baer disc brakes with 13-inch rotors front and 11.625 rotors rear combined with Baer Claw calipers bring all of the horsepower to a halt.

The interior is a blend of classic and custom. The original dash was smoothed and fit with a Kenwood DVD screen. The factory seats were yanked in favor of some custom buckets covered in gray leather.

Under the factory big-block hood rests a 383-ci LT-1 fuel-injected small-block pushing 450 HP. The mill is fit with TPS aluminum cylinder heads, TPS throttle body, COMP Cams camshaft, and a Callies crank and rods swinging Diamond pistons. Hooker HPC coated headers vocalize the beast, while a Hughes prepped 700-R4 transmission with a 2,800 stall converter sends power on down to the factory 12-bolt posi stuffed with 3.73 gears.

The factory metal landscape was left intact on the car and its wrinkle-free finish was covered in Hugger Orange. Blended with all of the refinished factory chrome bumpers and emblems, “Orange Bang” is a real blend of classic and contemporary.

An Air Ride Technologies Air Pod unit manages the air suspension system under the car.

Venture inside the cockpit and the build transcends into a modern interior bordered with classic trimmings. The stock dash was smoothed and fit with vents for the Vintage Air A/C system. Custom bucket seats are trimmed in gray leather and bordered by a custom center console housing the Lokar shifter, Vintage A/C controls and air ride controls. Audio entertainment consists of a Kenwood double-din 7-inch DVD unit mounted in the dash by Jimmy Davis of JD Glassworks. The rest of the audio was done by the car’s previous owner and consists of Diamond Audio 6.5-inch coaxial speakers in the front and rear of the car. Two 5-inch Focal woofers mounted in a custom enclosure between the rear seats pushes audio excitement to the next level. MTX amplifiers provide the backing to support the audio arsenal. While Tracey is cruising to the hum of the potent injected 383 and enjoying jams from the speaker collection, a set of Auto Meter gauges lets him know if he is in trouble with Johnny Law or if the 450-horse mouse is misbehaving.

Tracey Dennis has one impressive ’67 Chevelle on his hands with a modern twist making it the perfect car for fairground cruising or stoplight-to-stoplight pavement shredding. When asked if he was bothered that the car no longer had the original 396 under the hood, Tracey came back with, “It drives much better this way

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