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Classics Chevy 427 Big-Block 1966 Chevelle: Street-Driven Drag Racer Makes 728 HP and Runs 10s

09:57  07 february  2020
09:57  07 february  2020 Source:   hotrod.com

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With a Chevy 427 big - block and 700+ hp on tap, this 1966 Chevelle has drag - racing DNA with daily driver behavior. "Growing up, my dad always had both race cars and street cars," he recalls. "My absolute favorite of all his cars was the 1966 Chevelle SS that my parents purchased new from a

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The question of whether human behavior is influenced more by our genetic makeup or by the ways in which we are nurtured is one of the oldest in psychology. When it comes to New Yorker Paul Rocco's obsession with fast cars, however, there is no debate because he's the product of equal parts DNA and environment. He was born with high-octane gasoline coursing through his veins and grew up in a household saturated with automotive style and speed.

"Growing up, my dad always had both race cars and street cars," he recalls. "My absolute favorite of all his cars was the 1966 Chevelle SS that my parents purchased new from a dealership in Roslyn, New York."

Paul's first car was a 1969 Malibu, which he acquired at age 15. Though not yet old enough to get a driver's license, he was overflowing with energy and ambition when it came to his new ride. "I worked on putting a big-block into the car and converting it to a four-speed," he recalls.

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Back home, he got the car running and driving. The car needed a good cleaning. Jason Billups, not far from Tulsa, replaced what Fryer called "stuff from auto parts stores" under the hood and other Chevy 427 big - block 1966 Chevelle : Street - driven drag racer makes 728 HP and runs 10 s .

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The experience Paul gained swapping the engine and transmission taught him a lot about the nuts and bolts of fixing and modifying cars. Equally important, the project instilled a lot of confidence and gave him the courage to tackle just about any project. "Ever since I did everything that was needed with the Malibu, I've continued to build my own engines and cars."

Paul's first serious race car was a 1967 Nova that he ran at Westhampton Dragway. "I built the Nova to be a street car, but I enjoyed drag racing that car a lot. So much so that I decided to get serious and build a full-chassis race car."

In keeping with his loyalty to Chevrolet, Paul's first track-only build was a 1968 Camaro that he raced for about 20 years. He loved every minute of it, but with the 1967 Nova gone, it wasn't long before his thoughts turned to building a new street car.

"My wife, Cecelia, and I both wanted a nice car we could drive and enjoy," he explains. "After discussing all of the options, we kept coming back to the first car I ever fell in love with: that 1966 Chevelle SS my parents bought brand-new when I was just a kid."

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I thought you might like a look at this awesome 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, from Passing Lane Motors. This is a true L34 396 Big - block V8, four-speed car. It's riding on SS wheels, with BF Goodrich white letter tires. The paint is extremely slick, the interior looks like new, and it runs out great.

When Paul and Cecelia began searching for a high-quality 1966 Chevelle SS, it was still the dark ages. Ben Franklin was kind enough to have already discovered electricity, but it was pre-internet, so they set out to find the right Chevelle the old-fashioned way: putting the word out to friends and scouring the classified ads in local newspapers and national publications. Their efforts struck pay dirt in 1990, leading to the purchase of a pretty nice 1966 Chevelle in Massachusetts. "It was a completely stock car with a numbers-matching 396/360hp engine, factory air conditioning, and tinted windows all around," remembers Paul.

Though Paul and Cecelia both appreciate original, unmodified cars, they didn't intend to leave their newly acquired Chevelle stock. "After we owned the car for only four days," Paul explains, "I dove in and completely disassembled it. Pretty soon, it was reduced to just a shell. I put the original engine and drivetrain aside."

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With the original engine and transmission safely stored away, Paul built a new, high-performance big-block, transmission, and rearend for the Chevelle. As planned, it was built for the street, but not surprisingly, the Roccos weren't shy about racing their Chevelle, which easily tripped the lights in the high-11s after it was put back together.

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Thanks to severe detuning and lean two-barrel carburetion, Chevrolet managed to neuter the 350 down to 125 hp —15 less than the smaller 305 V-8 that replaced the 350 in 1976. Chevy 427 Big - Block 1966 Chevelle : Street - Driven Drag Racer Makes 728 HP and Runs 10 s .

When purchased, the car's cosmetics were decent, but tired in spots, so Paul and Cecelia invested some money and sweat equity to improve its looks. "I carefully wet-sanded the paint and then rubbed it out," Paul tells us. "It came back pretty well."

Unable to sit still for any length of time, Paul has continuously modified and improved his Chevelle over the 30 years they've owned it. "I enjoy spending my free time working on cars and making all of the changes we desire. With the support of my wife and daughter, Christina, and help from friends when needed, especially Timmy DeGregorio, I'm totally satisfied with the way the car has evolved."

Presently, motive power comes from an old-school big-block built up from a 1969 427 that now displaces 496 ci, courtesy of a Callies 4.250-inch stroke crank and 4.310-inch bore.

The engine's output goes through a manual valvebody Turbo 400 transmission Paul built himself. The trans uses an 8-inch, 5,600-stall Coan torque converter and sends twist through a custom driveshaft to a 4.10:1 Chevy 12-bolt rearend.

Paul restored the interior, but kept it mostly stock, with the only significant deviations being added instrumentation, a Cheetah SCS shifter, and upgraded safety belts front and rear.

For the exterior rehabilitation, Paul turned the car over to Supreme Auto Body in Lindenhurst, New York. The techs there massaged the body while Rocky Sing sprayed it in Butternut Yellow.

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After 30 years, Paul and his family continue to enjoy their 1966 Chevelle on the street, as initially intended. However, with the disappearance of every dragstrip on Long Island, as well as the demise of strips in the surrounding area, it's no longer easy to race. "We have enjoyed racing the car," Paul laments, "but haven't had it on a track in a while. The best e.t. with my last combo was 10.36 at 128.76 mph, but I've not run it in the latest configuration. We will when the opportunity is right, but in the meantime we're content to keep driving the car just as we've done all these years. It continues to make us very happy!"

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Tech Check

Owner: Paul and Cecelia Rocco, Babylon, New York

Vehicle: 1966 Chevelle

Engine

Type: 1969 427 big-block

Displacement: 496 ci

Compression Ratio: 11.9:1

Bore: 4.310 inches

Stroke: 4.250 inches

Cylinder Heads: Patriot Performance 320 aluminum

Rotating Assembly: Callies forged steel crankshaft, SRP forged aluminum pistons, Eagle forged steel connecting rods

Camshaft: Lunati solid roller mechanical (0.710/0.698-inch lift, 276/284-deg. duration at 0.050)

Valves: 2.25-inch intake, 1.88-inch exhaust

Induction: Hurricane aluminum intake, Holley 4150 950-cfm carb

Ignition: MSD 6AL controller, distributor, Blaster coil, and 8.5mm plug wires

Exhaust: Hooker headers, 3.0-inch pipes, X-pipe, Flowmaster Delta Flow mufflers

Ancillaries: Be Cool aluminum radiator, Moroso water pump

Built by: Paul Rocco

Machine Work: Don Cody (Smithtown, NY)

Output: 728 hp, 588 lb-ft torque at 6,570 rpm

Drivetrain

Transmission: GM Turbo 400, Coan Engineering torque converter

Rear Axle: GM 12-bolt rearend, 4.10:1 gears, Strange spool

Driveshaft: 3.5-inch, made by Nassau Driveshaft

Chassis

Front Suspension: Stock Chevrolet control arms and steel coil springs, Competition Engineering 90/10 shocks

Rear Suspension: Four-link, UMI Performance upper and lower control arms, BMR drag bar, Competition Engineering 50/50 shocks, Airlift airbags

Brakes: GM vented discs, single-piston calipers front; GM drums rear; GM manual master cylinder

Steering: Stock Chevrolet manual

Wheels: Weld Prostar 15x3.5 (1.75-inch backspace) front, 15x8 (5.00-inch backspace) rear

Tires: Moroso Drag Special 7.10-15 front, Hoosier Quick Time Pro 29x11.5-15 rear

Interior

Upholstery: Stock black vinyl

Seats: Stock

Steering: Stock steering wheel, column

Shifter: Turbo Action Racing and Performance Cheetah SCS shifter

Dash: Stock

Instrumentation: Stock; AutoMeter Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite tach, coolant temp, and oil pressure gauges

Exterior

Bodywork: Stock, body preparation by Supreme Auto Body (Lindenhurst, NY)

Paint By: Rocky Sing

Paint: PPG Butternut Yellow

Hood: Glasstek fiberglass

Grille: Stock 1966 Chevelle SS

Bumpers: Stock chrome-plated steel by Paul's Chrome Bumpers

1969 Chevy Chevelle SS 396 Is Mostly Original .
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