There’s no doubt, car builds can be a hair-raising experience. Ultimately, things don’t always go as they should and more often than not, it ends up costing way more than expected. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Play your cards right, call on the right friends or even rely on your own bit of backyard wrenching knowledge and you too can have a great running project vehicle.
All said and done, slamming the hood, inserting the key into the ignition and firing up your freshly put together project car is a gratifying feeling not experienced by many. It’s too bad. Of course, after its running, timing is confirmed, leaks are checked…what next? Well, the obvious thing to do would be to take your new whip to the streets. Or, in this case, an empty parking lot.
Empty parking lots serve more than just vacant real estate for transients, abandoned vehicles or your local Girl Scout cookie outpost. Empty parking lots to car guys look more like the perfect opportunity to cut loose and shred some tires, as evident from our video of this LS2, late-model powered Chevelle. Obviously, the most important things were taken care of first like the powertrain. This Chevelle is sporting the engine from an ’07 ‘Vette.
In this case, it means 400hp is on tap, although, a custom camshaft and 3-inch dual exhaust means even more power is available. Of course, it’s backed by an equally respected M12 6-speed out of an ’06 GTO donor vehicle. The body in our opinion couldn’t be in better shape. Clear coat doesn’t make you go fast. Besides, paint is over rated anyway, right?