1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS496 build video blogs

From the V8 Archives… the build series blogs from 1997 covering the complete restoration of the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle known as the “SS496!” This was a great car, complete with a custom 496 stroker big-block Chevy, Global West suspension, Vintage Wheels Works rollers, Hydratech boosted Baer brakes, Magnaflow exhaust, and a whole host of restoration parts from YearOne and OPGI.

We performed a complete restoration on this car from start to finish, pulling the body off the frame, replacing the floor, quarter panels, and performing other major rust repair. Fast Times Motorworks built the custom big-block Chevy engine, which sent over 550 horsepower through a turbo 400 transmission and a 3.73:1 geared 12-bolt posi rear end. Our team completed the bodywork, paint, and assembly to make this Butternut Yellow pro-touring Chevelle a standout.

But more fun was that this was one of the first cars built by the V8 Speed crew, and these videos were from a time when very few were shooting and posting blog videos about cars. The blogs take us all the way to the SEMA show, and culminate with a feature video on the car when complete. The video resolution is only 480P, but if the car still looks awesome today!

1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 1 – Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video

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Follow the entire restoration process taken by the V8 Speed and Resto Shop crew to bring this timeless Chevelle back from the edge of it’s life. Starting with 3 cars, the crew utilized thousands of new reproduction parts, restored originals, and today’s high-tech methods and materials to transform a scrap pile into a show winner.

Follow along from disassembly, chaissis / suspension build, engine build, metal repair, body work, paint, buffing, and final assembly.

Perhaps the best part is the surprise reveal and Gold Spinner Award at the car’s first Showing! Over 50 videos chronicle this early build from the V8 team. Continue reading to see them all!

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1971 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Maintenance at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

Building the turbocharged 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass called the “S71” at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.    This was a great project from the early days of our shop, and it would still hold its own today. The Olds required some rust repair and metalwork, and after paint, we completed the assembly of the S71 Olds and fired up the turbocharged BTR Performance built 422 cubic inch Olds V8 for the first time. The engine is managed by a FAST XFI 2.0, a self-learning advanced electronic fuel injection system which will keep our turbo engine in proper tune at all times. Following the restored interior parts from YearOne, we bolted on a set of Weld Racing S71 (no relation!) wheels and Toyo Proxes 4 Plus tires and we were ready to roll.

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