Ryan Martin's 1970 Chevelle SS
Ryan Martin’s 1970 Chevelle SS
The 1970 Chevelle SS is the peak of muscle cars for most enthusiasts. By far the most popular year, it’s an iconic design that has stood the test of time. This car, when equipped with the mighty 454 LS6 engine was the biggest and baddest muscle car available. For many, it was love at first sight and for Ryan Martin of Street Outlaws, that held true.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ryan Martin, he’s from the hit TV show Street Outlaws. On the show he’s normally piloting full blown race cars with thousands of horsepower. That wasn’t the recipe Ryan wanted for his 1970 Chevelle.
This car was built to compete in Street Outlaws: End Game. The cars competing had to adhere to the following rules: No Tube Chassis, Bolt-Ons OK, Small Tires, Stock Interior and Firewall, All Glass(no Lexan windows), and Original Doors and Fenders. The spirit of the race is truly an average street car.
When you’re used to having thousands of horsepower on tap though, a plain-jane Chevelle just won’t do. The 1970 Chevelle he picked up was in perfect shape, already painted and restored. But in order to compete on Street Outlaws, some upgrades had to happen.
First thing was to strip down the car to almost a bare frame and body. He started by removing the BBC and transmission, along with all of the exhaust. Then they cut in new mini-tubs in the back along with a larger transmission hump.
Ryan’s goal was to have 1,200HP LT4 under the hood. On the dyno without the supercharger the engine made 680HP. He didn’t tell us how much it made with the blower on it, but we’d imagine it’s well over the 1,000HP mark.
On The Inside
Ryan needed to upgrade the interior like the rest of the car, but he also wanted it to have a stock look and feel. The perfect blend of old-school and new-school was needed. He chose TMI since he knew that we could give him that blend of old school and new school, in a bolt-in package.
For seats we knew that Ryan Martin is a taller guy and that this car wasn’t intended for going around corners. We chose a set of TMI Pro-Classic buckets stitched up in our Sport-SS pattern. This pattern is a clean pattern that has two racing stripes down the middle which emulates the racing stripes on the outside of the car.
We then chose one of our completely new bolt-in bolstered rear seats along with our molded door panels front and rear. All of the upholstery was stitched up in a factory black vinyl with black stitching to give more of the illusion of a factory interior at a quick glance.
The end result is a timeless interior that looks right at home while looking factory, but has modern comfort. Upgrades include modern foam that holds you, seats that recline and slide back farther, and the door panels are modern instead of a flat door panel.
After having the Chevelle in our booth during SEMA 2022 it was apparent that people loved it! All week long people swarmed the Chevelle checking out the interior and asking questions. When Ryan Martin came by to sign autographs the line was even bigger to see the car!
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