Russ P’s 1966 Chevelle Malibu

Built From The Ground Up

Russ P’s 1966 Chevelle Malibu

Russ spent a few years hunting for his dream ’67 Chevelle online, and finally found this 1966 Chevelle Malibu about four years ago on eBay. He decided this would be the one he would take home.

Despite the ’67 being his dream Chevelle, he opted to settle for the ’66 because “they have cooler front fenders.”

The rule of cool is a great way to describe this 1966 Chevelle Malibu. Russ wouldn’t be content just driving the car in its stock form, so he began modifications to suit his needs. First the Malibu would need a worthy power plant, which Russ supplied in the form of a “home-built and tuned” Gen IV LS with LSA block, heads, and crank, LPE GT9 cams, Morel tie-bar lifters, Manton Series 5 pushrods, Yella Terra roller rockers, custom 9.5:1 CP pistons, Carrillo rods, and E67 ECU, and last but not least an Edelbrock E Force supercharger to “boost” performance.

To use all the available power on tap, Russ opted to utilize the robust Tremec T56 Magnum transmission. A Mark Williams 9” rear end is planned for the near future.

Next on the list would be to bring the Malibu’s handling characteristics up to the performance levels he set with the drivetrain. Russ chose to integrate a full Detroit Speed and Engineering Speed Kit 3 Coilover system to keep the 1966 Chevelle Malibu planted and give it a more aggressive modern stance.

Continuing to the interior of the car, the stock seats needed to be replaced as they did not offer enough support for the spirited driving this Malibu would come to deliver. Russ integrated Procar Elite bucket seats to help keep himself and his passengers safe and in a proper position, while a Grant steering wheel helps dial in the road feel. AutoMeter gauges relay all the necessary information to the driver position, a huge improvement over the stock instrumentation package from ’66.

Russ also intends to add some comfort as well, with a Vintage Air A/C system in his sights for a future upgrade. Overall, Russ has successfully transformed a once mild Malibu into one wild dream ride. In Russ’s words,

“I’ve wanted a mid 60’s Chevelle since I was 16 and now I can enjoy driving one that runs and handles as well as a new muscle car.”

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1964-1977 Chevelle Clutch Fork

Part #: FEH-397


Best Price Available

1964-1977 Chevelle Clutch Fork Ball

Part #: FTE-9000


Best Price Available

1968-1972 Accelerator Cable & Bracket Kit

Part #: ATH-3369KIT-H


You Save: 10%

1966 - 1967 Chevelle Malibu Quarter Panel Emblems

Part #: TT-1750


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
Share on twitter
Share on email

More Articles From Ground Up

1970 Chevelle

Robert W’s 1970 Chevelle

Robert’s first car was a 1970 Chevelle in Cortez Silver. He always wanted an LS6 version of his first ride, and 25 years later he finally got that version. He

Read More »
1968 Chevelle
1968 Chevelle

Veve’s 1968 Chevelle

Veve was 15 years old, working at a restaurant, and a neighbor down the road had this 1968 Chevelle for sale. The neighbor let him buy it on a “layaway”

Read More »
1964 Chevelle

Bryan M’s 1964 Chevelle

This 1964 Chevelle convertible was put out to pasture, literally, where Brian found it in 1987. There was not much left other than the body and the top bows, but

Read More »
1969 Chevelle

Andy B’s 1969 Chevelle

Andy B found this 1969 Chevelle in a barn back in 2014. It had been in that same barn and forgotten for the 18 years prior to Andy locating it.

Read More »

Shipping Delays

See what brands are experiencing delays

Operation Status

See what we're doing at Ground Up

Parts Catalog

Chevelle & El Camino, Camaro, & Nova

We Want To See Your Car!

Submit your car to be featured today!

Follow Us On Social