Who owns this site anyway?

Several folks over the last few months have asked this question so I'll fess up.  It's mine and mine alone. I came up with the idea, I pay for the domain name, the host, and do all the maintenance and update work. Here are some of the information donors and several that have donated for maintenance costs over the years.

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My Chevelle History

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My first Chevelle was purchased with the help of my parents in December of 1967. I was home on "Christmas vacation break" between basic and advanced training for the U.S. Army. I only got to enjoy the car for a couple of weeks at home before I was off to Fort Sill, OK. for my advanced training. Luckily I was able to take the car with me and drive home to Mission, KS. (suburb of Kansas City) almost every weekend before going to Korea for over a year.  During that 15 months the car sat in my parent's driveway with my mother occasionally taking the car out for a drive to keep it loose.  Dad was never really into cars but mom enjoyed driving spirited cars, hers being a 1962 Buick Special with 4-speed.

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The Tuxedo Black, black bucket seat, 4-speed car had already been modified a bit by the original owner. Engine was the 350 horsepower version of the 396 but had the heads, intake, carburetor, and solid lifter camshaft from a 427/425 horsepower Corvette; previous owner worked at a local Chevrolet dealership and did the work there. Other minor mods were the removal of the red SS stripes along the lower belt line and the addition of chrome reversed wheels and narrow white line tires. I still have the warranty Protect-O-Plate for this car and have been searching for the car for years without luck.

Car was fairly well optioned for the time, L34 engine, M21 4-speed, gauge package, factory 'wood' steering wheel, and 4.10:1 Positraction. About the only thing it didn't have that I'd order now (40+ years later) would have been power steering, disc brakes and maybe even air conditioning and power windows.

As is was my used car loan cost me $86 a month and I was only making $100 at the time in the Army.  My parents were kind enough to help out with some of the payments and insurance while I was away in Korea.

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My long time best friend had a Madeira Maroon 1966 Chevelle SS396, 360hp.  We were certainly the terror of the local drive-ins back then.

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Not long after returning home from Korea in early 1969, I came across this 1969 SS396 optioned Frost Lime 300 Deluxe coupe.  Everyone has owned at least one car that falls into the "wish-I-had-kept-it" category and here's mine.  Photos here were taken in late 1969 or early 1970. Who would have thought these plain vanilla cars would be such a collector car today. Car is shown here equipped with real 1956 Buick wire wheels.

Marriage, children and a reenlistment in the U.S. Army curtailed my Chevelle experience for a time but in 1986 the bug started to hit me again.

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I found this in a Dallas, TX. want ad.  Ad simply read, "1967 Chevelle hardtop." As purchased in 1986 the car featured a black paint job with flames, pretty sad flames too. The car was a factory SS with bucket seats and 4-speed which was just what I'd been looking for quite a few years. The asking price of $1750 didn't seem too bad.

When purchased, the clutch was almost gone and the shifter was so sloppy that I had a choice between 1st and 2nd gear or 3rd and 4th to make the 150+ mile trip home from Dallas. Considering the trip was mostly highway miles I opted for the 3rd and 4th gear choice. Getting out of Dallas and onto the highway was challenging and aside from a couple of toll booth stops, the drive wasn't bad. Whatever was left of the clutch facing was completely gone by the time I arrived home. So the first chore was to drop the transmission and replace the clutch and cover. Replacing the old Muncie linkage was done at the same time with a new Hurst Competition Plus. See more at my personal website.CHEVELLESTUFF © All Rights Reserved
This car went through two major rebuilds. First was 1987 and was strictly a daily driver and remained pretty much in this state pretty much for the next 12 years. More...

The car was getting a bit dated, drum brakes just weren't doing it for me and I wanted to attend some Chevelle shows.  So...the GR8PMKN was born and I didn't hold much back.

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Chevell~abration - Nashville 2000

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As you can see, the car continued to evolve over time. Disc brakes one year, fuel injection the next year, new wheels, and finally Vintage Air. The car was driven extensively to shows in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas City, Nashville, Ft. Worth, etc. and never saw a trailer.

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Sadly, circumstances forced me to have to sell the GR8PMKN in 2004 and went to some good people in Kentucky.

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In 2001 I picked up a 1967 El Camino I'd planned to make a companion for the GR8PMKN. Time and resources just did not allow that dream to materialize and I had to sell it also in 2012. It found a home in Louisiana.

Today I'm Chevelle poor but I still have a rabid interest in all things Chevelle. So I'll keep this website along with all the Chevelle Registries going as long as I can.