The 1966 Chevelle SS 396 was purchased in December, 1986 in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. I have traced the car back to the second owner of the car and spoke with several pervious owners of the car, all of which had some very interesting stories to tell about the car. The car was purchased new in Virginia and is a “no frills” SS car with a 325 HP Turbo-Jet 396 and a 4 Speed.
The car was manufactured February 22 in Atlanta Georgia. The original paint color is Marina Blue (Paint Code F). Interior is Black with a Vinyl Bench seat. (Trim code TR- 761-A) The car had been repainted red and the interior had been changed sometime during it’s life.
My first Car.
The 1966 Chevelle SS 396 was purchased in December, 1986 in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. I have traced the car back to the second owner of the car and spoke with several pervious owners of the car. The car was purchased new in Virginia and is a “no frills” SS car with a 325 HP Turbo-Jet 396 and a 4 Speed.
All Chevy Chevelle SS 396 models (13817 and 13867) included special lower body trim, dual-louvered hood and SS396 badges. All SS 396 series came standard with a 396/325hp engine, heavy duty, full synchromesh 3-speed floor shifted transmission and front bench seat. Bucket seats, consoles, 4-speed manual transmission and the Powerglide automatic transmission were optional equipment.
My Chevelle was manufactured the 3rd week of February 1966 and was the 24,266th 66 Chevelle p...
Fitting Body Panels on the 66 Chevelle SS
In November 2015 assembly and fitting of the body panels were underway. Time was taken to mock up each panel after the metal work was finished. By doing this the panel fit and alignment can be fine tuned. Once everything fits correctly, the car can come apart for the rest of the restoration and finish work, knowing that it will go back together fitting perfectly.
Primed and ready for more block sanding.
In June 2015 we finally got around to block sanding the 66 Chevelle. The
Skim Coating involves spreading a layer of body filler over the entire car to ensure that when you paint it, it’s smooth and there are no gaps or holes. Blocking is the way you smooth minor surface waves and imperfections, much smaller than dents and dings. These are typically high and low spots so small you really can’t feel them, but you will certainly see them in the wavy reflections of light in a glossy top coat.
In May 2014 sheet metal work on the 66 SS 396 was it it’s peak. A lot of hours and $$ was spent this month! The amount of work that has gone into this part of the project reminds me why I NEVER could or would have attempted this on my own.
The floor pans were is excellent condition and required only minor re-fabrication work, the shifter hump was a different and story and required a complete re-fab.
Disassembly of the 66 Chevelle started in June 2008. The initial disassembly was performed at a friends shop due to the fact that my shop was sill under construction. Thanks to M.T. for helping and letting me use his shop.