Companies in the automotive aftermarket often find themselves trying to display their product on racks or tables at shows and expos, but the best way is to showcase the product in a vehicle. That is exactly what the Accel Performance Group thought when trying to find the perfect marketing vehicle. That answer came by way of a 1966 Chevrolet Suburban that would make the perfect starting point for a build of epic proportions. After the vehicle was purchased, it was promptly delivered to the Roadster Shop, in Mundelein, Illinois, for the transformation of a lifetime.
The first item on the agenda was to rid the truck of everything but the bare sheet metal. This left a fresh canvas as a starting point for the talented fabricators at the Roadster Shop to begin the massaging process. Reshaped, smoothed, and tucked front and rear bumpers give the Chevy a clean look coming and going. All four wheel openings were then stretched and reshaped to give the bottom half of the truck a custom touch. The top half features shaved door handles, a modified hood and fenders, and one-piece, flush-mounted glass all the way around. Under the hood, a completely smoothed firewall was created to give all the attention to the big-block that would soon reside there. After some final touches, the body went into the paint booth and received a coat of custom-mixed PPG “Mr. Gasket Green” paint on the body and eggshell white paint on the roof. This truck is certainly a lime green masterpiece and the perfect place to showcase Accel’s products.
Mr. Gasket spared no expense with this build. Everything down to the surfboard rack, surfboards, and stickers was custom made.
Engine: Chevrolet Performance ZZ502CI V8
Output: 502 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque
Heads: Aluminum oval-port
Cams: Hydraulic roller with custom grind
Induction: Accel EFI intake, Accel billet throttle body
Exhaust: Sanderson headers, 3-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers
Cooling: Ron David custom aluminum radiator
Fuel System: Accel EFI, Accel injectors
Ignition: Mallory Max-Fire distributor
Engine Management: Accel DFI Thruster
Transmission: 4L85e with Hayes heavy-duty flexplate
Rearend: Strange Engineering Ford 9-inch with 3.90 gears and Detroit Trutrac
Front Suspension: Roadster Shop Fast Track IFS, tubular upper and lower control arms, Penske Racing coilovers
Rear Suspension: Roadster Shop four-link, Penske Racing coilovers
Brakes: Roadster Shop–edition Baer brakes, 14-inch rotors, six-piston Pro+ calipers
Wheels: Billet Specialties SLC62 22x10 (front) and 24x12 (rear)
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero 295/30R22 (front) and 305/35R24 (rear)
28775 N. Rte 83
Mundelein, IL 60060
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