Owner: Andy from Whitby, Ontario
“The Chevelle was purchased in 2003 and began its life as a standard, plain Malibu with 4 wheel drum brakes and a 283 small block connected to a Powerglide transmission. Since then it has been completely reworked into a pro-touring theme to create a vehicle that handles and performs like a modern car. Thousands of hours and several years were invested by the owner to complete the mechanical upgrades and perform the bodywork.
The original body was in good condition but was brought to a show quality finish through the addition of NOS replacement fenders and hundreds of hours of block sanding. Paint duties were completed by Andy’s friend Gerry.
GM’s potent LS engine offering, the LSX454, provides modern muscle to replace the factory small block. To retain the original muscle car theme, a GM single plane intake and the new FAST EZEFI 2.0 throttle body were chosen for induction duties. Kooks stainless headers and a 3 inch stainless steel exhaust system expel the spent gases from the power plant.
This ride cruises with a level-7 GM 4L65E transmission from Finish Line Transmissions in Chicago and is coupled to the engine through a Yank billet torque converter while shifting is programmed with a TCI transmission control unit. The power train is connected to a Moser 12 bolt rear end through a stout 3.5 inch DOM steel driveshaft.
Brakes and Suspension
Stopping is handled by four wheel C6 Corvette disc brakes from Baer. Cornering has been brought to modern standards through the addition of Global West and Edelbrock control arms, upgraded sway bars, quick ratio steering and QA1 double adjustable shocks. 17 inch wheels by Centerline and wide tires from Nitto help the car stick to the road.
The entire interior was completed in the original GM red and bolstered bucket seats finished in matching red leather were added. Modern upgrades include Dakota digital VHX gauges, audio by Customautosound, Infinity and Rockford Fosgate and an electrical system updated with an American Autowire wiring harness. Dynamat was used throughout the interior to quieten road and drivetrain noise.
Every part of the automobile has been upgraded to create a vehicle with modern handling, braking and comfort in a classic 1960’s body. The car is no trailer queen and is driven to shows, events and cruises on a regular basis. Andy states that “The Chevelle is a lot of fun to drive and a real head turner wherever it goes.”