Announcing Jeremy McLellan’s 1966 Chevelle Build

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Aug 072015

Announcing Jeremy McLellan’s 1966 Chevelle Build

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Jeremy McLellan’s 1966 Chevelle

Starting in July 2015 we are beginning a 1966 Chevelle Project for Jeremy McLellan of Cambridge, ON, Canada.  That’s right when this piece of American Muscle is finished it is headed off to the Great White North.

Jeremy’s goal for this car is a daily driver with performance enough for the autocross.  Starting with a 1966 Chevelle that Jeremy bought (sight unseen) in North Carolina and shipped to Allison Customs in Bloomfield, NM.  I will be working through dozens of modifications that he has envisioned for his ride.  On the exterior we have shaved drip rails, shaved door handles, blacked out or deleted chrome, custom rear spoiler and GIANT 20 x 12 rear wheels with matching 19 x 9.5 inch wheels out front and of course, all riding on a custom frame and suspension package. Moving inside we get custom bucket seating, a dash with the newest technology in stereo and instrumentation, all followed up by a center console running all the way through the car.  What is going to motivate this rolling beast of 50 year old steel?  How about a 650 Hp 418 LS monster motor attached to a Tremec T56 transmission!

This is a long term project for Allison Customs and Jeremy, so stay tuned for alRear Viewl the details and a pictures of the progress.  Also, check us out and Like us on Facebook for up to date details on this and all of other builds.

Volvo 240

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Oct 122012
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Volvo 240 Build underway!


1980 Volvo 240 DL   2 door
230,000 miles
2.3L  with K-Jet  – mechanical fuel injection
4 speed manual with electric overdrive
4 wheel disc brakes
14″ wheels
$200 Cash

     Phase 1:  June 2012

Get stock engine running and if possible drivable.  The car had been sitting for approximately 10 years when I picked it up.

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So, after getting the car home I got the power washer out and started cleaning things up.

There was decades of grease and oil from a leaky engine and the car looked like the previous owner hauled hay for a farm in it.

I found that the engine wiring harness had dozens of wires that the insulation was crumbling away from (common problem for Volvo).  So my next step was to start sorting out all of the wiring.


Once the wiring was repaired ( I made a new harness to replace the factory one), I was able to figure out that the fuel pumps were not working.

As it turned out, the in tank pump was bad and need to be replaced ($30.00).

The Main (high pressure) pump was just gummed up from years of sitting with fuel in it.  I was able to clean it up and get it running again.

Drain and cleaned fuel tank.

New Fuel filter. ($15.00)

New Spark plugs ($4.50)

Used battery installed

After all that – the engine would crank and if I sprayed some starter fluid in the intake, it would run for a few seconds.

Checked the fuel pressure – Still Nothing.

This required removing the intake manifold to get to the fuel distribution block. So, I pulled the injectors and soaked them in Sea Foam while I attempted to clean and rebuild the distribution block.

A new intake manifold gasket ($12.00) and about 12 hours of soaking parts.

The engine will start and if you keep it floored, it kind of runs.  Smokes like hell though.  After driving it around the driveway and having to restart it a half dozen times I decided I wanted a better injection system.




      Phase 2:  September 2012

I have been throwing around the idea of changing out the injection system for a electronic fuel injection system, 5.3L GM engine swap, turbos or a Volvo 5 cylinder engine swap.  I finally decided to go with a Volvo 6 cylinder engine with twin turbos.  The engine I picked is known as a White Block inline T6 (B6284T) which is a 2.8 liter twin turbo from a 1999 Volvo S80.

T-6 Engine

T-6 Engine


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