Hot Rod magazine Features Precision Restorations’ Chevelle Buildup

Hot Rod November 2012

Every musclecar enthusiast dreams of having their car featured in a magazine someday, and you can’t aim much higher than Hot Rod. With nearly seven million readers and a storied history spanning more than 60 years, Hot Rod has built its reputation on covering only the best that the performance and restoration industries have to offer. Tom Parker’s numbers-matching ‘71 SS396 Chevelle convertible certainly fits that description, and the crew at Precision Restorations is thrilled to have helped make that dream a reality for Tom. Read all about it in the November 2012 issue of Hot Rod.

Each month, Hot Rod publishes a story outlining the complete build of a reader’s project car from start to finish. The more extreme the makeover, the better, and Tom’s Chevelle was nothing more than a rusty carcass when it arrived in our shop in November 2010. Over the course of the following 15 months, Precision Restorations reversed 23 years of neglect by replacing virtually every square inch of metal on the car in addition to rebuilding the engine, driveline, suspension, and brakes. 

Needless to say, Tom is one happy camper. “I just picked up the new issue of Hot Rod, and all I can say is wow! How cool is that,” he gushes. “I can’t thank the guys at Precision Restorations enough. It’s really a dream come true. My dad Charlie has been subscribing to Hot Rod for over 40 years, and he said he never thought one of his cars would be in it. He and I always talked about cars when I was growing up, many times while thumbing through the latest car magazine. It’s amazing that we now have a car of our own to see in the pages of Hot Rod magazine!”

Chevelle frame off restoration

1971 SS396 Chevelle