Bill first laid eyes on this sweet LS6 back in 1990, when he went to Franktown, Colorado to actually buy another Chevelle. Also in the garage, Bill saw this car waiting to be restored. Unfortunately, she was not for sale.
Over the next couple of years Bill stayed in contact with the owner inquiring about a purchase, but he was just not ready to part with it. Bill's patience finally paid off in 1995, when finally the owner decided Bill really wanted the car more than he did. Bill was able to purchase this #'s matching Chevelle for let's just say a "reasonable" sum.
The car was in excellent shape, but needed the cosmetic work you would expect to do to a 20-year-old vehicle. Bill decided to take it a step further and give this baby the TLC she really deserved. In a home garage, a 1½ year, no expense spared, al frame off restoration was to be done. During this time, a few more friends would step up and help Bill accomplish the task.
The body was removed from the frame and stripped to bare metal. A thorough inspection for signs of rust was completed. None was found. In fact, Bill was able to use all of the original sheet metal that came on the car from the factory. Many hours were invested in massaging the body into an artist's masterpiece.
After final inspection by Bill, the original color of Fathom Blue was carefully applied. The hood and trunk received the LS6 white stripes and the white vinyl top was installed. The original date coded glass, rubber seals and new chrome finished the exterior. Bill was very persistent on insuring she was restored to the original 70 LS6 specs as defined on the original build sheet.
Inside is an original restored white bucket seat interior, console, tachometer, gauges and an AM/FM Mono radio. All of the interior door panels were replaced. A new headliner and carpeting completed the job. You can't see it from here, but even the window hardware and mechanisms were zinc plated prior to re-assembly. There was just no stopping Bill's attention to detail.
The 454/450 HP engine was totally rebuilt to the '70 LS6 specifications including solid lifter cam and 11:1 compression. It took some time and effort, but the numbers matching, correct date distributor and Holley 800-cfm Carburetor was found and mounted on top of the factory aluminum intake. This is backed with a 4 Speed Muncie M22 followed up by a 4:10 12 bolt positraction rear. A Gardner original replacement exhaust system (with correct resonators) was installed to send the excess carbonation out the back.
Bill is currently undefeated in 5 straight showings. This includes the Sport Chevrolet, Southern Knights '98 Spring coming out, Laurel Lions Club, Ocean City & Chantilly World of Wheels shows. Bill won Best of show at our own 11th Annual MCC show in Churchville, MD. In addition, Bill has won numerous best paint awards.
Bill Clubb (#353)
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