Stateside Shop Tour: ’66 Chevelle At Allison Customs, Bloomfield, NM


Jeremy’s project is well underway.

In July, 2015, Allison Customs of Bloomfield, New Mexico, started the rebuild of this hardcore, 1966 Chevrolet Malibu. The owner of the car is Jeremy McLellan from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and McLellan heard about Allison Customs through listening to a podcast show called Musclecar Place. After doing some research, McLellan decided Allison Customs was the shop that fit his needs, and contacted them in early 2015 to make arrangements for the build.

“Jeremy is really going for a sleek, all-custom Pro Touring-style machine,” says Jeff Allison, owner of Allison Customs. “He prefers the car appear stock on the outside with the exception of powdercoated-black brightwork, flush mounted windshield, and shaved, flush-mounted Kindigit-style recessed door handles.” The exterior will be finished in a House of Colors Shiman Burnt Orange with a low-gloss clearcoat applied to further accent the style.


When’s the last time you saw a Chevelle with a smooth firewall?

Powering this ’66 Chevelle will be a Chevrolet Performance 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 engine with 650 horsepower, and 650 lb/ft. torque. Transmission duties will be handled by a Tremec T56 Magnum six-speed, while a full-floater 9-inch rearend with 35-spline axles and 3.70 gears will put the power to the ground. Stopping duties for the Burnt Orange bruiser will be handled by 14-inch Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners utilizing a hydroboost system.


An Art Morrison chassis will provide the handling via a four-link rear suspension with C6 Corvette front spindles and RideTech Shock Waves all around. The rolling stock will be handled by Boze forged 19×10 and 20×12 wheels shod with 275/35-19 and 335/30-20 tires. The wheels were also finished in a sinister-looking flat black, adding to the hardcore “all business” racing theme.IMG_0034

The interior will utilize four, custom, all-black leather late-model Pontiac GTO bucket seats with a center console that runs front to rear. Engine monitoring duties will be handled by a customized ’66 Chevelle dash with Speed Hut gauges accented in orange and black to match the exterior. Ron Francis Wiring is used throughout the car.

The projected finish and debut of the Chevelle is scheduled for November, at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The car will be on display at the Ron Francis booth. The Chevelle’s SEMA show debut will also be the very first time Jeremy McLellan will lay eyes on the finished product, and he will also take possession of the car after the show.


As to McLellan’s intentions for the car, Allison says, “He hopes to get it out and do a little autocross racing when it’s complete. A Pro Touring-style car is generally built with longevity and performance as its main priorities. A guy looking for the durability of a top quality build, wants a car that can handle his intentions of pushing the car to its limits, and that’s exactly what I will provide.”

About the author

Patrick Nichols

Patrick grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, participating in athletics and wrenching on big-block Chevelles with his two brothers Derrick and Curtis. His relentless pursuit of knowledge and passion for old Chevy musclecars and parts is nothing short of remarkable. His automotive journalism career began by helping his fellow car enthusiast friends write interesting descriptions to help sell their cars and parts online. Patrick is also a lethal, Chevy Barn-Find hunter. In early 2016, his Fresno, California, storage lot discovery of a rare 1970 Chevelle SS396 brought his talents national recognition. These talents were put to good use and he has since written many interesting articles. Patrick's analytical abilities helped him earn his degree at Austin Peay State University in Business Administration, while maintaining a lifelong Phd in "Cool." When Patrick isn't chasing cool cars or writing interesting articles, he spends time with his 8-year-old daughter Brooklynn. Favorite quote: "If you are doing something you love you will never work a day in your life."
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