'70 Chevelle
Beyond Necessity
Most people building cars today started when they were young. Owner of this 1970 Chevy Chevelle convertible, Dave Erickson, started his first build when he was just 13 years old. He saw the nose of a '41 Chevy protruding from a local hillside and was determined to dig it out and bring it home. It was a lot of work to get it home, and more work as he dug further into the project. He would spend all of his free time after school working on it. His pop would stay up late into the night reading the mechanic's manual so that the following day he could appear to be one step ahead of his son. Once he was old enough, Dave started work at his father's hardware shop to earn the money to pay for the extensive list of parts the '41 needed.

Since then, Dave has had many Camaros, Chevelles, and most recently a Mach 1 Mustang. He sold the Mach 1 to help fund his newest project, this '70 Chevelle convertible. He had always been into matching-numbers cars, but he felt it was time to try his hand at custom work. Dave is also a hands-on kind of guy, and did most of the work himself on previous cars, minus paint and bodywork. The painter of his Mach 1 told him about Dominator Street Rods of Tracy, California, and how they could help him with this extravagant build. Dave plans on working on the car alongside the guys at Dominator, since he doesn't want to feel disconnected from the car.

The plan is to do a frame-off build in a way that has never been done before on a convertible. Dominator Street Rods is planning out a Corvette-based suspension setup that should take the car to the 1g skidpad marker with no problem. (We know of some rubber from Nitto that ought to get the job done!) In order to keep up with the car, Dave plans on taking some driving classes at the local road course.

BY THE NUMBERS
1970 CHEVY CHEVELLE CONVERTIBLE
Dave Erickson, 50 Alamo, CA
800 hp, 800 lb-ft of torque
CHASSIS
Front suspension: custom Corvette C6
by Dominator
Rear suspension: parallel four-link
with Panhard bar
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston calipers,
14-inch rotors,
remote master cylinder
and clutch reservoirs
ENGINE
Type: 427ci LSX
Block: LSX cast-iron, six-bolt mains
Rotating assembly: LS7 crank
Cylinder heads: LSX aluminum
Induction: Magnuson Magnacharger
MP 2300
Fuel system: fuel injection
Exhaust: custom built by Dominator
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission/shifter: Viper T56 six-speed
manual built to Tranzilla specs
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch, Strange axles
MISCELLANEOUS
Dashboard: handbuilt by the owner
Comforts: remote start,
heated and cooled seats,
cruise control, power windows
and seats, automatic door locks,
and whatever the owner can think of
Paint: DuPont sprayed by Dominator,
color TBD
WHEELS/TIRES
Wheels: Schott Americana
Tires: TBD