If there is anything I have learned, it’s that the folks at Speedway Motors are true gearheads. One look at the company blog, The Toolbox, and it’s unmistakable. In fact, that is where I found Jeff Behrens’ story about his ’69 Chevelle.
Jeff, like many Chevy enthusiasts, has a soft spot for the Chevelle — especially the ’69 model year. In fact, he told the folks at Speedway Motors, “I don’t know the exact time or place that they became one of my favorite cars, but ’69 Chevelles somehow earned the top prize in my gearhead mind.” Sound like a solid statement to me.
Anyway, Jeff states that he has owned three of them over the years, and each has been more modified than the last. His current ’69 Chevelle, which he aptly named “Ole Blue”, ended up being a keeper.
The car was found on eBay. It was located in Arizona, so Jeff had a friend check it out. It turned out to be a good deal and jeff clicked the Buy It Now button. When Jeff finally took possession of the car, he quickly learned the previous owner was an avid drag racer. Apparently, he regularly went to the track and kept copious notes. Jeff knows this because he found a diary in the car that described the track and weather conditions, the car’s weight, any changes that had been made to the car, and finally the track numbers that it ran that day. According to Jeff, “there are hundreds of entries in this book which provided my friends and me some good, entertaining reading about his racing.”
Jeff laughs as he states, “what started out as an ‘I’ll just put some wheels and a paintjob on it’ adventure turned into a frame-off restoration. In fact, the car is on its third rebuild/iteration.” If you like the color, thank Pontiac. Jeff says he found it on a G* and immediately knew it was the right color.
Under the hood, Jeff chose to do an LS swap, and in place of the big-block that was between the fenders, we now find an LS3 with a SCAT rotating assembly, Brian Tooley Racing cam, and a combination of Holley and FAST EFI parts to feed the fires.
“When I drive this car, I feel relaxed…excited…sometimes even nervous,” Jeff says. “I’ve had this car for 11 years now. It’s like a member of the family.” That is a sentiment to which I am sure many of us can relate.
If you want to read more about Jeff’s ride and even check out more “under construction” images, you can click here and we’ll take you there.