My names Chris and im 21 years old and a mechanical engineering student at Penn State in Erie. This is my 1971 Chevelle SS clone and a description of its progress since ive bought it. While ive worked on and painted cars before, this is my first restoration. Ive done all the work on this car by mself, including the paintjob. It was a great learning experience.
How It started out
I bought this car in May 2007 while on my summer break. I paid $1200 for it. Ive spent about $2000 on the car since for paint and body supplies, Muncie 4 speed and conversion parts, inner fenders, seats, as well as many other odds and ends. So i have under $3500 total into this car including buying it. It came with a slow 307 and TH350 automatic, but thankfully a 12 bolt rear end. I spent most of the summer restoring it. When i bought the car their was no working wiring. It could only be started with a few hardwired switches. I spent most of the summer getting the wiring worked out and the car to be mechanically sound. I started body work at the end of July and ended in the Begining of September. It was a much more time consuming job then i thought. During my thanksgiving break i swaped out the 3 speed automatic for a M21 Muncie 4 speed. Future plans include a built Vortec 355 that will be put in this christmas break. Also during summer i plan to update the suspension and put 17" American Racing Torque Thrust II rims on.
Restoration on next page.