Some rides just have a classic look that ages nicely, and that includes customs. This particular 1965 Chevelle is one of those customs, rocking a ton of custom metal work, air suspension, and a 383 stroker engine. Now, we’re getting up close and personal with this custom Chevelle in the following feature video.
Pieced together by Sean Dell from So Cal Rods and Customs, this Chevelle was built roughly 15 years ago. When the car was originally stripped down to the bare metal, the builders actually wanted to source a different donor given the car’s poor condition. The owner disagreed and insisted on moving forward with the car they brought, so the builders obliged with repairs before building the Chevelle to its current glorious state.
Looking over the exterior, this Chevelle sports a ton of custom metal work, like altered bumpers, a custom header panel, a deleted cowl, and fabricated grille and grille trim. The ultra-clean look continues with deleted turn signals, shaved rockers, and deleted door handles. There’s also a pair of Honda S2000 sideview mirrors that maintain their power functionality.
The rear end was tubbed to fit slightly larger rear running gear, and the trunk was lined up to match the custom hood. The rearmost portion of the trunk was also integrated with the rest of the car body, and there’s a custom set of taillights finishing it off.
Motivation is sourced from a 383 stroker motor, rated at roughly 450 horsepower. Output is sent to a Fab nine-inch rear end through the 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission.
Naturally, there’s plenty of nice details under the hood as well – for example, the frame was powder-coated in silver, while the fender wells were cut to accommodate the control arms. The bay was also shaved, with the usual components that adorn the firewall (hoses, brake booster, etc.) tucked neatly out of the way.
This Chevelle still rides on the original chassis, but it was heavily modified. Baer brakes slow it down with 12-inch rotors and four-piston calipers, while Air Ride Technologies suspension keeps it low.
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