For what he has invested into this ’66 Chevelle in time and money, Jed King says he could probably buy two nicer ones. That’s fine by him though; he’s a hot rodder who loves to wrench, so bringing the Chevelle slowly back to life has been his favorite pursuit over the past six years, ever since it came off the road. It’s good that he has that level of dedication, because the Chevelle needed pretty much every single panel replaced except the roof, driver’s door, and decklid. So far he’s handled nearly every single part of the project on his own (with the occasional help and support of his wife, of course) other than the bodywork. Jed is typically a big-block kind of guy, so this Chevelle is his first foray into small-block territory, but with 523 hp and 528 lb-ft of torque on tap he doesn’t think he’ll be underwhelmed by the performance. The main goal for the Chevelle is to have a good time cruising, but he says he’ll have to hide a big grin if he “accidentally” runs too quick of an e.t. at the strip and is asked to park it.
Engine: 383ci stoker with 4340 Lunati crank, 4340 Scat roads, 10.6:1 Mahle forged pistons, AFR Eliminator 195 heads, custom ground hydraulic roller cam, COMP Cams Pro Mag 1.5 rockers, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, Professional Products Powerjection EFI, full MSD ignition system with distributor
Trans: TCI Super Street Fighter TH350, Derale cooler, Hurst Quarter Stick shifter and line lock
Rearend: 10-bolt with Summit Racing girdle, alloy axles, 3.73 gears, and Lock-Rite locker diff
Suspension: Hotchkis 1-inch lowering springs and antiroll bars front and rear, CPP 2-inch drop spindles
Brakes: SSBC disc conversion up front, stock drums in the rear, CPP master cylinder with Summit Racing booster
Wheels & Tires: ’68 Corvette Rallys with BFGoodrich Radial T/As for the street, Summit Racing Legend 5s with Mickey Thompson E/T Street for the track
Patrick Tubrick, Omaha, NE
NASCAR-themed Lagunas are close to our heart at PHR, but we can’t take credit for influencing Patrick Tubrick—that was all his father’s doing. This ’75 Laguna clone is, in fact, a ’77 Malibu Classic that Patrick bought six years ago as a package that also contained the parts needed to convert it to a Laguna. The goal all along was to do a NASCAR racer clone: “Riding in my dad’s car and attending local car shows influenced my decisions. Lagunas seem to be few and far between around here, and I like the rich racing heritage of these little-known A-bodies. I wanted something just a bit different than the Camaros, Mustangs, and pre-’73 Chevelles and typical drag setups,” Patrick writes.
Most of the work was done by Patrick, including the bodywork, cutting and radiusing the wheelwells, removing the factory inner fenders and fabricating new ones, bending up a race-inspired dash, forming scratch-built headlight covers, and installing new quarter-panels with the aid of helpful PHR articles. Only the rollcage and engine machine work were farmed out.
Engine: ’86 vintage Mark IV 454ci big-block Chevy, ’71 oval-port cast-iron heads, COMP hydraulic roller valvetrain, 750-cfm Street Demon carb, MSD ignition, ACCEL coil, aluminum dual-plane intake
Trans: GM Turbo 350 three-speed automatic
Rearend: stock 8.5-inch 10-bolt with 2.56 gears and 28-spline axles
Suspension: 2-inch lowering springs, 2-inch drop spindles, everything else stock
Brakes: stock discs up front, stock drums in rear
Wheels & Tires: street setup is 275/60R15 BFG on steel Bassett 15x8s; race setup is Goodyear 27.5x12 on steel Bassett 15x10s