In this episode of the podcast show I had the chance to do another live and “on the scene” interview with Jeff Allison (and my pal Aaron Tjaden) during a recent visit to Allison Customs in New Mexico. It’s important to note that this particular visit was a “last hurrah” of sorts as Aaron and I went there to help complete the final projects on the car necessary before sending the car off for finish metal work and paint!
During the visit we tackled a million various small items that included finishing up fitment of the inner fenders, fitment of the drivers seat track (again), grinding about 14 miles of welds, and solving the fairly serious logistical problems of fitting custom headers to a car that would later have no engine (which was solved by buying a plastic mock-up engine block).
The two BIG items tacked during the trip included both tucking and narrowing both bumpers as well as removing all exterior bumper bolts, and moving the tail light buckets out a smidge on both sides to get them into the proper alignment with the trunk lid.
My pal Aaron (who can fix or build literally anything) handled the bulk of BOTH bumpers himself, which is a fairly impressive thing as it was literally his first attempt at such a thing! (He would later go on to build an engine cradle for my LS3 out of some scrap plywood, a borrowed saw, and a drill.)
Jeff tackled moving the tail lights out and got them into the proper plane with the trunk lid which required some serious measuring, tweaking, careful cutting, and massive eyeballing. The tail light buckets on this car are literally the only original piece of sheet metal on the back of the car; absolutely everything else is new, and issues like this are common when dealing with re-manufactured parts (or even original ones, truth be told).
As the car owner, “General Contractor,” and least talented craftsman, my job was to tackle the simple stuff, decide what needed to happen next, and plan out the next stages of the build. That being said, Jeff did teach me how to build custom panels while I was there, and Aaron let me cut up the front bumper!
I’ll let the podcast show and pictures tell the bulk of the story here, but at the time of this writing I can confirm that the Chevelle is no longer in New Mexico…..so stay tuned for the next show to find out where she went!