For Sale – ZZ4 / 700R4 drivetrain

Happy Friday everyone!

So Tony stopped by my house today with a little present… no, it’s not the finished car (but that’s close!)  Rather, he dropped off the old Chevelle frame that had been supporting my car since it rolled off the factory line in ’71.  The frame currently holds the GM ZZ4 355HP 350CI crate motor and GM 700R4 4-speed auto transmission that used to motivate the Chevelle.  It also has the 3″ stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust, the GM 10-bolt rear end, the Vintage Air FrontRunner serpentine accessory setup and dual electric fans w/ controller box.

And it’s now officially for sale! Think of it as buying the drivetrain and me throwing in the roll-away delivery system for free!

I’m asking a very reasonable $3,950 for the entire roll-away package… all of the drivetrain pieces, the frame / suspension / etc.  If you’re interested (and you have a trailer handy!), drop me an eMail at  As might be expected, I am selling this “as is” with no warranty, but anyone who knows me knows this drivetrain brought plenty of smiles to my face right up to the moment the car started the restoration process early this year.

Here are some pictures I took this morning:


Front Clip Revisited

So I was able to grab some new shots of the front clip assembly… these are high-res pictures so click on each one to see the full-size versions.

Also – yeah, things look pretty dirty but keep in mind that sitting right next to my car is another car that’s currently going through some serious primer sand-down so there is dust EVERYWHERE at the moment!   🙂

and a high-res side view…

also, another small achievement… this picture may look like a shot of some pieces sitting in the trunk… what I was trying to show is the brand new weatherstripping!  I bought a new weatherstripping kit from stem to stern and Tony surprised me by starting to install these new bits of kit.  It’s probably been 20 years or so since the Chevelle has had real, soft rubber weatherstripping!

Progress on the Front Clip

Good morning everyone!

Some update pictures to share today…  Tony and his crew have started the assembly of the front clip.  Tony had the inner wheel wells and the radiator support all powdercoated for durability (and good looks!), so with those pieces secured they’ve started putting the front back together.  These are low-res pictures, unfortunately… I’m hoping to stop by the shop sometime soon to snap some new, full-res shots!

…and with one fender reconnected (although clearly not aligned yet!), you get a better sense of what the side view will look like when she’s done:

More Progress On The Body

Happy Friday to everyone!

So, we’re nearing the end of the body work on the Chevelle.  In talking with Tony, we probably have one or two more weeks and then she’s done and ready to move on to the next phase.  I snapped some more update pictures for you…


Here’s the car, body now secured to the new frame.  These are much better than the ones from my previous blog post since the car was briefly outdoors (As usual, click on each one to see the full-size image):


So now the body is on the new frame, Tony’s next step was to squirt more blue paint on the secondary parts… some trim items, my new sport mirrors, the fenders, etc.  Here’s some pictures of those goodies:


So with the various pieces now being painted and the body itself entering the final phases, it’s time to start noticing small items appearing, such as the brand new, shiny rear bumper!


In all of this most recent pictures the body is clearly not “done” from a paint and finish perspective… it’s obviously dirty (Thanks Phoenix sandstorms!) but the real issue is that Tony and his crew haven’t done the final wet/color sanding of the clear coat that is sprayed on top of the raw paint.  This is usually the last step in the process and involves copious amounts of water and VERY fine grit sandpaper… you essentially pour water over the clear coat and lightly sand the very top layers until you get a nice, smooth surface.  It is this final step that gives a show car it’s amazing brilliance… even depth… of color.  Because it is so labor intensive, auto manufacturers don’t do this step since it would dramatically slow their production lines.

So right now you’re probably wondering why I’m explaining this to you.  Simple, really… I have a picture that shows the dramatic difference in quality between a body panel that HAS been wet/color sanded versus one that hasn’t yet had the treatment.  To see what I’m talking about, compare my reflected image on the LEFT side of the door jamb versus the reflected image on the RIGHT side of the door jamb.  The right side has been wet sanded prior to having the new door handles installed, while the left side is still in raw clear coat.  On the right side you can see noticeable increases in detail of my reflection but also notice the detail in the brick wall behind me.  The entire car will look like the right side after Tony and his crew wet sand the entire body (trunk, hood, fenders, etc.).  Pretty cool, huh?