Car of the Day: 1967 Chevelle SS 396
Owner: Cruisin' The Coast raffle car, won by James Roark of Louisiana
What's it got in it?: A 396 cu. in big-block Chevy engine mated to a Muncie four-speed close-ratio transmission putting the power to a 12-bolt Posi rear end
What's been done to it?: The raffle car was built as a tribute to the iconic Chevelle muscle car by Dan's Hot Rodz of Gulfport. The engine was freshly built for this project, the exhaust was enhanced by 3-inch Flowmaster pipes and mufflers, the engine is cooled by an aluminum radiator with an electric fan and disc brakes were added up front.
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The passenger compartment is kept cool by a Vintage Air AC system. The Chevelle's interior and vinyl top were executed by Performance Upholstery of Gulfport.
About the raffle: The car was 2015's Make-A-Wish and Cruisin' The Coast fundraising project, and it netted the nonprofit wish-granting organization $25,500. The prizewinner had left Cruisin' The Coast and was 45 minutes away, but he promptly turned around and headed back when he was informed he'd won.
-- Lawrence Wheeler Special to the Sun Herald