Home-Built Hero: Ultimate Drivability In An LS3-Powered ’67 Chevelle

The trend of swapping and LS engine into a classic has been taking the musclecar world by storm over the last decade. It has also brought about some really cool cars. The performance capabilities of the LS platform are outstanding, but it’s also the reliability and drivability of a modern, computer-controlled system that makes them an all-around great engine for a swap. This ’67 Chevelle was built by brothers Ken and Mike Mack of Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, and is a perfect example of what quality craftsmanship can do with an LS-swapped classic.

All around, this is just a really well built, really nice car.

The car has been finished for about seven-years, it took two-years to build, and it’s traveled roughly 8,000 miles since completion. “It was a nice, solid car to start with,” Ken explained. “It wasn’t rusted out or anything, so it was kind of sad to cut the floors to fit the custom frame.” That custom frame is by Roadster Shop, and features a Detroit Speed front suspension.

The LS3 crate engine features a Magnuson supercharger and the drivetrain dyno’d at 500 horsepower to the rear wheels. “It’s all nice, smooth power,” Ken told us. “It drives like a new car. You wouldn’t believe how smooth it is.” That power is routed through a Tremec six-speed manual transmission and into a 3.70 geared 9-inch rearend.

Not one detail was left untouched. Pay close attention to the cover they built around the radiator, it really helps keep the look under the hood clean and matched up with the aesthetics of the rest of the build.

Ken and Mike also did all of the paint and bodywork on the car. “The only thing we farmed out was some of the interior work,” Ken explained. “And the only fiberglass on the car is the custom engine cover. Everything else, the fender wells, firewall, and dash, are all formed steel.” All of the welds have been smoothed, and everything on the car has been touched to make it as clean and presentable as possible. This is the kind of car that would win a show just based off the cleanliness of the undercarriage.

The interior is gorgeous, and we love the front and rear bucket seat design. It keeps everything consistent front to back.

“I like everything about it. I like the drivability, the power, and the comfort,” Ken said. “Like I said, it’s a great, smooth ride.” That’s what you get with a supercharged LS drivetrain and an overdrive transmission, smooth power and drivability with the ability to spin the tires and shred the track when you want to stretch its legs.

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On top of all that performance, this build still features air conditioned comfort.

The interior has also been treated to the same, top-notch customization as the rest of the car. The dash is absolutely stunning, and features new gauges along with built-in air conditioning vents. There is also a custom console, Hurst shifter, ididit steering column, and a custom sound system with LCD screen.

The sleek look of the interior is very well done and the gauges are absolutely beautiful.

We just love the subtle custom look of this Chevelle and the way Ken and Mike built it. Everything about the look is planned out from the LS3 emblems to the custom rear view mirrors. It’s not a look that’s over the top, it’s just right, and it stays true to what the Chevelle is: a classic musclecar.

About the author

Kyler Lacey

A 2015 Graduate from Whitworth University, Kyler has always loved cars. He grew up with his dad's '67 Camaro in the garage and started turning wrenches at a young age. At seventeen, he bought his first classic, a '57 Chevy Bel Air four-door, and has since added a '66 Plymouth Valiant and '97 Cadillac Deville to his collection. When he isn't writing for Power Automedia, he's out shooting pictures at car shows, hiking in the forests of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, or working on something in the garage.
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