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Jim McKay 1966 Chevelle

In the 1990s a friend of mine bought a  Sandalwood 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.  He didn’t know if he should put a new 502  crate motor in the car or keep it stock. It  came with a 396 and a factory BorgWarner  manual three-speed on the floor. I heard  they made around 200 with three-speed  transmissions, and only 10 on the floor. So  he was a little concerned about changing  the car, but being a “hot rod guy” he could  not pass up putting a new, big crate motor  and four-speed in the car.  I had a 1966 Chevelle back in the day but  sold it in 1972 because  gas went up to 75 cents  a gallon.  In 2005, my friend  had moved back to  Missouri and wanted  to build a 1966 Marina  Blue Chevelle like he  drove back in the day. 

I told him if he  ever wanted to sell  the gold car to be  sure to call me, and  fortunately he did. He  asked which engine  I wanted in the car,  and I said, “Of course I want the big 502  and the four-speed.”  But after having the car for a few years  and watching the auctions on TV, I realized I might have something different.  Luckily he still had the original engine and  transmission, which I had sent to me. I am  putting the car back to all original, and it’s  been fun researching the car. I don’t think  there are many 138 Chevelles left with  manual three-speeds

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