lived in Bartlesville, OK, my next-door neighbor, Jim Ballenger, owned a body
shop. He had this Chevelle in his shop, and it was headed to the junkyard.
Probably to be crushed. At first I wasn't really fond of the Chevelle. I
was a Camaro fan. However, it grew on me and I decided to buy the
car. I was only about 13 years old. My Father said he would help me
pay for putting it back on the road if I paid for the car myself. My
neighbor gave me a really good deal. For $1200 I received the car, the
paint and bodywork and he also built the motor. He was an enthusiast also,
however he was a Mopar man. He had even worked with Sox and Martin for a
plan was this would be my school car. As you can see we got a little
carried away, so I never drove it to school. It took about 7 months to get
the car in the condition you see it in now.
car was originally an SS 396 car. Since there was no motor or transmission
with the car I was free to do what I wanted. My dad knew a Corvette man in
town, by the name of Bill Mock. He had a 1970 LS6 motor for sale.
After a thorough rebuild, that motor now rests between the fender wells of the
Chevelle, coupled to a Turbo 400 and a 4:11 posi rearend. The Motor is
pretty stock with the exception of a roller valve train. I have taken it
to the drag strip a few times to see what it would do. My best time was a
12.20. I think It would go into the 11's, but I don't want to tear it up
pace car in the back ground of one of the pictures was my school car.
Unfortunately I had to sell it to pay for college. Any way this Chevelle
restoration gave my dad and I chance to spend time together, and keep me out of
trouble. For that reason I consider it partly his car as well. Plus
he helped me with a lot of the costs after I bought the car.