John H’s 1972 Chevelle Convertible

Built From The Ground Up

John H’s 1972 Chevelle Convertible

John’s 1972 Chevelle SS convertible started life as a Malibu which was owned by a nurse at Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Upon graduation from nursing school, she purchased the car brand new from DeRusso Chevrolet in Saratoga Springs, New York. Cruising in the convertible was fun in the summer, but the harsh upstate New York winters took the car on a turn for worse. The snow and salt took their tolls on the body of this Chevelle and it sat in this state until John was lucky enough to rescue it in 2002.

After a six month stay at a local body shop, John’s Chevelle came to life once again. While the car was receiving new fenders, door shells, full rear quarters, a new trunk, a new hood, and new bumpers, John decided to recreate this car as a Super Sport and started to order the necessary accessories. He started with the exterior pieces and ordered up a complete set of Super Sport emblems as well as a new Super Sport hood. Although these items would give this car the look of a true SS, John also wanted his Chevelle to perform as such.

He had the factory 350 rebuilt and added a complete front end suspension kit as well as boxed upper and lower rear control arms. In order to improve the ride quality even more, he added new body mounts, a new sway bar, all new Monroe SensiTrak shocks, and Moog Springs. John’s convertible also stops on a dime thanks to a disc brake conversion. This Chevelle rolls on stock factory painted 15 x 7 Super Sport rims with Firestone Firehawk tires.

This car is almost there, but John plans to add a few finishing touches in the near future. He says, “All I need to be finished is an SS Dash Kit, a close ratio steering box, and a new black top.”

While the nurse who owned this car took care of many, John really played the doctor in this situation and nursed this Chevelle back to a good new life.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1964-72 Square Disc Brake Master Cylinder w/ 11" Power Brake Booster

Part #: BMK-11S

$178.45

You Save: 15%

1968-72 Windshield Wiper Arm/Blade Kit, Bright Polished Stainless

Part #: LWA-68K-C

$89.95

You Save: 31%

1964-1972 Chevelle Original Acorn Style Lug Nut 7/16 Inch

Part #: NJT-716

$0.95

Best Price Available

1964-1977 Chevelle Delco Remy Horns, Made in USA Black

Part #: ADR-3-GM

$139.99

Best Price Available

Shop our huge selection of Chevelle Parts!

1964-1977 Chevelle & Malibu Parts

We want to see your Built From The Ground Up Ride!

Submit your car to be featured here!

Share this car with your friends!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

More Articles From Ground Up SS396.com

Chevelle

Russ P’s 1966 Chevelle

When he was just 16 years old, Russ fell in love with the brand 1967 Chevelle, and from then on, he knew he had to have a mid-‘60s Chevelle. He

Read More »
Chevelle

Wendell’s 1967 Chevelle

A-BODY ON THE AUTOBAHN! While most Chevelles tend to stay in one environment (aka mostly the garage), Wendell’s 1967 Chevelle has been to Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Georgia, and even

Read More »
Chevelle

Bob W’s 1968 Chevelle SS396

Bob Whittaker purchased this 1968 Chevelle from a friend whose family had the car since it was brand new off the showroom floor. It was originally purchased in Louisville, KY

Read More »