Entire floor was replaced to correct earlier shoddy replacement.
When Nick brought in his 69 Chevelle to have some work done to it, we didn’t know why. At first glance the 69 Chevelle with a 396 & 4 speed was a real head turner. After a closer look, especially under the car, it became apparent that someone had slapped it together just to make a sale. The floorpan was previously replaced but in such a poor manner that the driveshaft was rubbing on the floor supports and there were ½” gaps from the supports to the floorpan. Numerous other issues were discovered and Nick decided to have LI Classic Restorations make all the needed corrections and some improvements as well.
Modifications made to floor to clear 5 speed transmission
After the floorpan was replaced it needed to be modified to accept the Tremec 5 speed transmission. This required welding in the supplied floor adapter to accept the taller transmission.
Firewall was smoothed and painted prior to engine installation
Nick had already decided that the 396 just wasn’t going to be enough so after it was removed the firewall was stripped down and repainted.
Dynamat insulates the interior from noise and unwanted temperatures
A black car really needs air conditioning and one way to allow it to work at peak performance is to thoroughly insulate the cabin. Dynamat was installed over all of the new floor and on the firewall as well. Then a Vintage Air Surefit system was installed.
A GM 502 cid crate motor replaced the 396 TurboJet
Nick chose a GM 502 cid crate motor rated at 502 horsepower to get the car moving. A Vintage Air Frontrunner System was mounted on the front to keep everything nice and neat looking.
Hotchkis rear suspension components and SSBC brakes are in the rear
A Magnaflow 3” exhaust system was installed underneath along with SSBC disc brakes (front & rear) and Hotchkis Suspension components.
A Griffin HP Series radiator with SPAL fans keep things cool up front
A Griffin radiator/fan shroud assembly was mounted up front to keep the big engine cool even with the A/C turned on.
Whiteface Autometer gauges are easy to see day or night
An Autometer Gauge Set was installed into the factory bezels to keep tabs on engine RPM and other vital information. A Painless Wiring harness replaced the 40 year old OEM wiring harness.
The finished car did not look any better on the outside, but underneath it was ready to go anywhere, anytime without any worry about breaking down. Nick has done a lot more to the car since LI Classic Restoration gave it back to him in November of 2008. He had to get the car repainted after a minor accident and he had the interior redone with some custom touches. He does drive and enjoy the car quite often which is exactly what he was looking for.