Car of the Week 1965 Chevrolet Malibu custom

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Car of the Week: 1965 Chevrolet custom

bearnest | February 7,

By Brian Earnest

Jason knew things were to go well with his 1965 Malibu custom project the moment he laid eyes on the The Oak Creek, Wis. resident had designs on turning an old 1960s Jane” car into a modern fighter, and although the Malibu look like much at glance, he knew right he had found the perfect candidate.

you want to start projects something virgin, rust-free and not with,” Stritesky noted. “I had a few of the car and the [previous owner in Colorado] with me, but I hadn’t seen it in I definitely wasn’t disappointed, the undercarriage was initially 100 percent It was probably the nicest car I’ve started with underneath, and bought a lot of cars out West.

“It bad. It was all burned up like a car. It was splitting open a baked potato. It needed from a headliner to carpet and — it’s all been redone… But it take a lot of effort to clean up. The was almost cleaner than the top

It was painted once. It just had side swipes and dents had been poorly repaired — about 25 years ago.”

Once he got the car home, Stritesky his own timer on the project, and roughly 550 man later, in May 2010, he had finished up on his gorgeous pro-touring machine. there once was a 283-cid and Powerglide, there is now a 385 crate and Chevy 700R4 with Underneath is a Hotchkiss TVS (Total System) with tubular arms, new upper and lower arms, beefy sway and Bilstein shocks.

New 13-inch discs do the stopping with from 11-inchers on the rear.

On the the car’s original beige has been swapped for a classy Gray.” It’s all topped off custom Budnik black-spoke which leave no doubt is a lot more going on inside the car meets the eye.

Stritesky he had a blank canvas in the tired ’65 and he was able to create the exact he was after — even if he insists he looking for a car in the first place. in my spare time I cruise the sites constantly, just around to see what’s out there,” he with a chuckle. “I wasn’t on the for a car at the time.”

Once he spotted the ’65 Chevy, the wheels started turning for and he began to hatch a plan for his big effort. Previously, most of his efforts had been on stock including a 1967 Camaro, Chevelle SS and 1971 Olds convertible. Stritesky didn’t it would be a good investment in or money to return the Malibu to condition, however, and he didn’t anybody else was going to along and do it, either. “All the to get it back as a 283 two-barrel car wouldn’t been worth it,” he “That’s why I went the way I did instead of a stock restoration. I thought it be a good candidate for this of build — a pro-touring car.”

did the vast majority of the work from the drive train and transplant to the paint and bodywork. The of the project, of course, was the new Fast 385-hp, 350-cid short-block engine from GM Performance “I wanted to keep it carbureted and it somewhat simple and functional,” he “This has a little bit of an old school

The original 3.08:1 Positraction end was traded for a 3.73 set-up Stritesky stumbled on while Craigslist. “The rear end I found in a town 10 minutes my house,” he said. “The guy had a rear end for a GTO listed, but when I to look at it I wanted to check the and it was actually for a ’65 Chevelle, which out kind of good for me. It originally had the Posi, and I put 373s in the back and brakes on it right away. I a four-wheel disc brake kit CPP. I got headers with 2½- inch exhaust all the way back.

The rims I ordered special Budnik]. I think they’re 18 x 8 in 18 x 9 in the rear …

“In front I fabricated little [intake] scoops the bumper and headlights. They’ve got screens in there, kind of and you don’t even notice And I moved the battery to the trunk.”

the Malibu retains its original although all the cloth and upholstery been re-done. “I left it, 100 percent stock,” Stritesky “I just bought all-new with a vinyl and cloth The seats I do myself, the headliner I farm out. There are a few I admit are best to leave to that do it every day.”

had countless options when it to a paint color. Almost would have worked, but he with the understated deep “I’m happy with the way it out,” he said. “I used Williams paint with a coat/clear coat system. It has a nice sparkle in the sun.”

The Malibu had about 86,000 on it when it began its second in Stritesky’s garage. The car was one of more 152,000 Malibus built by in the model’s second year as a offering in the Chevelle lineup. could get their mid-size with either six- or power plants.

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Folks who a little more fun and good in their Chevy could pop a extra $100 bills and get the SS, and if you wanted to go a lot faster, you could out of the dealership in an SS 396, although you were spending well $4,000 — far steeper than the for a base 283-cid sport The Malibus were also as four-door sedans, two-door and station wagons. The SS and SS-396 only offered coupes and

Factory goodies, in addition to the 195-hp V-8 or 194-cid inline included a special grille, around the wheel openings, scripts, color-accented side back-up lights, cloth-and-vinyl dual-spoke steering wheel horn ring, electric and glove box light.

While Stritesky’s car might like a typical ’65 Malibu you slide into one of its bench he says it drives and handles like a new car, which is what he was planning. “Normally, people build a car when you it or change the suspension around, going to notice a difference, but I was very pleasantly surprised how it rode down the road, with the low profile [Nitto tires,” he said. “It doesn’t side to side with old ‘boat feel.’ It’s tight. I’d definitely buy that system again.

“The car and drives better than I it would. It rides as smooth as my stock GM muscle cars, but punishing it through the turns, it plain sticks and doesn t I d recommend it to anyone who is looking to handling. I tried autocross for the time last year and to get more use out of it that way [in the future].”


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