“One cool Woman in a Black Chevelle”

Story by John Aschenberg & Glenda Rico
Photos by – Julia Aschenberg
Glenda Rico's 66 Chevelle

At first Steve thought about dropping a 427 big block under the hood, however Glenda said she wanted to check out the VIN tag to if this was a matching numbers car, low and behold is was; so the original 327 small block was gone through by Tommy Newton at T&N Automotive Machine Shop / High Performance in Seymour, Tn. The motor was bored .030 over with 9.5:1 Hyper flat top pistons installed on a stock crankshaft. A Comp Cams bump stick with .480 lift / .280 duration and a set of stock heads sporting Z/28 valve springs and roller rockers make it all happen in the internal area. Edelbrock goodies consist of an intake, carburetor, and air cleaner all polished in the Enduro Shine. An HEI distributor and Taylor wires provide all the spark needed to make this mouse motor rumble. All burnt gasses flow through a set of Hedman big tube headers and into a 2 ½” custom tuned exhaust system which then dumps into 40 series Flow Master Mufflers for that deep throaty sound that we all just love to hear.  Clay Branch of Seymour TN was in charge of trans assembly that consist of a 700R with a T.C. I  Torque Converter model #2800, which transfers power out back to the 10 bolt rear end.

Glenda Rico's matching numbers SB

Next on the list was the exterior grooming of the Shevelle bow tie. Since Glenda had the background of an adjuster, research is what she does best. Since she knew the motor was a numbers matching vehicle her and Steve decided to keep as much of the body factory as possible. So, this meant that she left the hood, grille, headlights, outside mirrors, front and rear bumpers, door handle, and glass to name a few just like it was from the factory. Danny Watson from Seymour TN was put in charge of inspecting the body to smooth every piece in preparation of the gorgeous PPG Black paint.

Glenda Rico's 66 Chevelle back shot

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