Classic Wheels 1966 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS coupe

April 24, 2015 - photo frame

Rich and Donna Greene’s 1966 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS coupe took initial place in a category during a 2012 Slatington Lions Club automobile uncover during a Slatington Airport. 

Rich and Donna Greene, of Whitehall Township, happened on this 1966 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS coupe while holding a resting summer expostulate in 2008.

“Donna and we mostly do a ‘cruise to nowhere’ where we chuck an overnight bag in a Corvair and usually start driving,” Rich Greene says.

The integrate were cruising Route 46 in northern New Jersey in their 1966 Corvair Corsa automobile when they speckled a Chevelle sporting a for sale sign.

“We unequivocally favourite it,” Rich Greene says. “We took a guy’s series and usually changed on.”

During cooking that dusk Donna asked, “Are we going to buy that Chevelle?” Rich recalls.

“I told her I’d nap on it,” Rich says. “The subsequent day we gathering behind from Scranton and picked it up.”

Turns out that Rich and Donna’s Chevelle Malibu Super Sport is one of usually 5,081 done during GM’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in 1966.

The GM Canada Sports Equipment Option enclosed “strato-bucket” front seats, all-vinyl interior trim, center-console shifter and ribbed rocker row moldings.

The categorical giveaways that a automobile is Canadian-made are a all-chrome grille with a Chevelle badge rather than a SS symbol ragged by U.S.-made Malibus and a deficiency of air-intake louvers in a hood.

The Malibu’s super-clean high-performance 454-cubic-inch V-8 produces about 380 horsepower. 

The sporty Malibu came special systematic with a heavy-duty suspension, opening energy brakes and Chevy’s two-speed Powerglide involuntary transmission.

The integrate totally easy a Malibu from a support up.

“When we bought it a physique was in unequivocally good shape,” Rich says. “But when we took a physique off to put in new bushings between a physique and frame, we found that a bolts had literally turn partial of a frame, that’s how rusted they were.”

The bluish Malibu was repainted in Chevrolet Tuxedo Black for a some-more robust demeanour and a black interior was redone to bureau specifications.

The 396-cubic-inch energy plant was transposed with a 454 V-8 fueled by a Holley four-barrel carburetor and a 12-bolt posi-traction differential with 3:55 gears was added. The horsepower is increasing to about 380 and a posi back transfers a combined extract true to a blacktop.

The Super Sport’s bucket seats yield comfort and fortitude while a Hurst “Line/Loc” shifter lets a motorist close a front brakes and spin a back wheels – a customary “preheat” diagnosis used before a drag-racing run. 

“It’s set adult for drag racing,” Rich says. “It has a Hurst line-lock on a shifter. It’s fundamentally a solenoid (activated by a symbol usually next a shifter T-handle) that’s tied to a front brakes. The back tires spin and fume ’til we let it go.”

Rich skeleton to exam a new setup during Maple Grove Raceway in early May.

“We’re usually going to take a integrate of passes and see what it does,” Rich says. “It’s good fun (doing burnouts) in a drive too,” he quips.

Other upgrades embody further of 15-inch convene wheels from a ’67 Malibu SS propitious with 1960s-style redline tires and an aluminum radiator and brawny new fan setup for improved cooling of a “hot” 454 motor.

About a couple’s rare, Canadian-built ’66 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS coupe, Rich Greene says, “It’s unequivocally a dear car. We’ll never sell it. It’s usually too good a car.”

To share your antique, classical or specialty car, lorry or motorcycle, send a print and information to: Classic Wheels, The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton PA 18042; Attn: Pete Brekus; or email pbrekus@express-times.com.

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