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Real Rides is a muscle car restoration workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. We specialise in the restoration of 50s-70s American and Australian muscle cars and restomods.

NZV8 Feature – John’s 66 Chevelle Malibu

This one’s a bit of a blast from the past! We restored John’s 66 Chevelle Malibu way back in 2010. While the car had previously been restored back in the early 80s, by the time it came into John’s possession several decades later it was looking a bit tired. After a long list of modifications and some light rust repairs, we repainted the car in PPG’s Vixen Red. NZV8 has a great write-up on this car here.

1966 Chevelle Malibu – Specs

Engine496ci big block Chev, 454 four-bolt big block, Scat crank, H-beam rods, JE pistons, ported Edelbrock alloy heads, Comp Cams roller rockers, 10:1 compression, Lunati hydraulic roller cam, Lunati roller followers, Edelbrock air gap manifold, 750cfm Edelbrock carb, Edelbrock 130gph fuel pump, MSD 6AL ignition, 2¼-inch headers, three-inch exhausts, electric fan, mechanical fan
DrivetrainRichmond Super Street five-speed, Hurst shifter, lightened flywheel, McLeod twin plate clutch, 12-bolt diff, 3.9:1 ratio, Eaton posi traction head, 31-spline Moser axles, chromoly driveshaft, hydraulic thrust bearing  
SuspensionHotchkis tubular bottom arms, SPC adjustable top arms, UMI adjustable rear arms, QA1 adjustable front coilovers, QA1 adjustable rear shocks, King springs, Hotchkis tubular sway bars, Nolathane bushes, AGR quick-ratio steering box
BrakesSeven-inch booster, CPP front calipers, CPP discs and calipers
Wheels & TyresFront: 18×8″ Coys with 255/35R18 tyres
Rear: 20×10″ Coys with 295/30R18 tyres
PaintPPG Vixen Red
InteriorHurst Shifter
Pricol Gauges
Sony Audio System


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