And look at it now…

Shawn Davis of AutotopiaLA gets to meet some of the coolest gearheads out there, including this guy who’s owned a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle since he was 11 years-old. That’s right, at a time when most kids are concerned with cartoons and making the baseball team, this guy had a dream of building an amazing Chevelle. Now he’s 31 and the results are phenomenal.

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This Chevelle is super loud and looks like a blast to drive. Like so many others, it has a forge 6.0-liter LS V8, but it’s been bored over to 370ci. The list of mods are long, ranging from port and polished heads to a performance cam. With a 6-speed manual transmission, the driver has at his disposal 415-horsepower at the rear wheels. Ultimately, the plan is to add boost, which will make this Chevelle’s performance even more impressive.

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Amazingly, this guy worked a paper route at 11 and saved up his tips. What he always wanted was a Chevelle, a car he thought was absolutely beautiful, and he isn’t alone in that estimation. As luck would have it, there was a Chevelle on his paper route, but it wasn’t pretty at all. The car had front-end damage, was gutted, and had been left under a tarp. With a vision in mind, the 11 year old made the purchase.

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We really admire gearheads who aren’t loaded and so they buy a rough classic car, then slowly over the years work on it themselves. It shows real determination and grit to keep that dream alive when most people would just throw in the towel and move on to sitting on the couch. It’s far more inspirational than seeing a rich guy buy one and hire a shop to go over it for a full restoration, which has its charm but isn’t nearly as relatable for the vast majority of us.

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