The owner of this car emailed me these
photos. What makes this car unique is that it is located in Brazil.
Here's what the owner says about its history:
Well, I live here in
Brasilia since november 1999. I lived in Rio de Janeiro before. This '67 SS 396
belonged to an old lawyer and I used to see the car in Rio's downtown rush hour
traffic jams. Something to watch! That Chevelle amongst Brazilian econoboxes at
sunset time on a crowded avenue...
A friend of mine bought the car from the elderly
gentleman and the big block was completely tired. He imported all the stuff and
rebuilt the engine. Few time after he sold it to me and, at long last, the rush
hour Chevelle found a owner who really loved it (her? :-).
When I moved to Brasilia I put it on a flatbed and
brought it here. In Rio I had never drove the car becuse the suspension was
really shot. I ordered everything from PST and other source, and farmed out the
rebuilding of it. When the suspension work was about to finish I was already
here. I went back to Rio to put it on the truck and bring here.
I drove it for some time but a lack of launching
power in Low was bothering me. Finally one day the Powerglide started to leak
huge amounts of fluid. Time to take it off and disassemble arrived. Well, some
idiot mechanic assembled the Low clutch drum with two or three fiber discs and
the rest comprised of only steel ones. Small wonder it was so lazy in Low! I put
it back with everythig new and a B&M Holeshot torque converter. Now it
launchs like mad, screaming tires and all. The former owner, my friend,
discarded the iron intake manifold, original Q-Jet and water pump. I bought
everything with the right casting numeber and dates from Ebay and other sources.
The carb was bought and restored in US to perfection and the water pump is N.O.S.
When restoration time arrives I'll discard the
aluminum intake, water pump and Holley four barrel. The correct wheels are the
normal steel ones with dog dish hubcaps, but for while I'm using Rallys taken
from a '73 Laguna long ago.
As far I know the car was imported brand new and the
old lawyer was its second owner. Big blocks SS Chevelles are scarce here in
Brasil. A friend who lives south of Brasil has a '66 SS 396.
Soon I'll be wrenching my Chevelle. It needs a brake
||Super Sport Coupe
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||It lives in Brazil!