Hello, I am Hannes from Vienna / Austria / Europe and I am just about to build up my 1968 Impala SS427 clone.
Car ron more than nice when I have bought it but soon it had some rust problems and while I restored It I had some inspiration about a SS427 clone with brute and modern technic under the bonnet (soon I should realize that the small letters SS427 cost a treasure
As for the conversion to the SS427 clone, I was hunting the following parts for over 3 years:
SS427 Domed hood with cowl insert (not found for normal money, but I changed my opinion and will make a fiberglass imitate)
SS427 Fender Gills
SS427 Emblems (Fender emblem, front grill embem, steering wheel emblem, trunk emblem, dash emblem and so on, I have over 1200$ in the emblems alone)
SS427 Tach gauge cluster
SS427 double ringed taillights
SS427 Deluxe Steering wheel in bright red with the original SS427 steering wheel emblem
SS Z-03 Intererior (will be done in bright red real leather)
Caprice Hideaway headlight setup (I just work on it because I want to convert it to electric actuators)
Caprice Woodgrain instrument cluster bezel and dash molding (not stock SS427 but I wanted to add all what was nice that year)
Caprice Cornering lights
AS for the drive train I have bought a 454 short block that is bored, stroked and sleeved to 540cid.
It is going to be with Dart 320 alu-heads, a roller cam, I think with a Electromotive EFI and a twin 76mm (or bigger) Turbo setup.
To avoid detonation I build a water to air aftercooler intake (like the units from SuperChiller) out of a blower intake.
The performance I am after is around 1000hp at 6-9 PSI of boost what should be engough for 3,5 sec 0-60 time.
I have bought a 12 bolt posi-traction but it is lost buy the shipping and now I think a custom made 9" will handle 1000HP better and will go a with 4L80E 4-speed overdrive tranny.
I can tell much much more about the tech section when I post because this is only the introduction
I was planning to go with 20/22 American Racing Torque Thrust II but my friend and advisor told me that my performance will only result in white smoke if I go with that kind of wheels or actually tires.
By now I think I go with only 18´s and therefore with more tire sidewall-height. Probably I will run Mickey Tompson ET Drag Radials to have some traction.
Altough, I saw some soft comp. street radials now also in 20", maybe that is my diameter, we will see.
I am still after a good book how to improve a 4-link rear suspension reagarding traction.
By now I just cannot remember all but it is much more I working for that car like an computer controlled airride system.
The car will be white with black SS-stripes as you can see in the pics I have made with photoshop for a imagination how it will looks after finishing the project but havent decided yet.