1965 Chevy Malibu - Frost Bite

This Malibu thunders in from the frigid North

Eric McClellan Jan 24, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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Powertrain
The guys at Sandale wanted a solid combination of reliability and giddyap; they stuffed a stock GMPP LS2 underhood. The unforgettable gleaming engine cover reminds us again that we aren’t dealing with the run-of-the-mill builds. Lorne utilized an AFCO radiator and the Vintage Air LS2 front runner system. The LS2 is coupled to a T56 that sports a custom shifter fabbed by Sandale. The 3-inch Bears chromoly driveshaft mates up to a ubiquitous Ford 9-inch with 3.70:1 gears and a Currie differential.

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Chassis
The skeleton of the ’Bu is an Art Morrison Max 6 chassis piece that allows the 45-year-old missile to plant the tires and keep body roll to a minimum. More Art Morrison pieces can be found at the polished stainless steel A-arms, antisway bars, and three-link united with a Watt’s linkage. The front suspension utilizes the Mustang II’s front spindles. Steering input is handled through a Mustang rack-and-pinion system. The stance is managed by Strange adjustable coilovers on all four corners.

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Rollers
A wicked car requires an equally wicked set of wheels to complement the paint and bodywork. Lorne chose a set of Foose 500 rims, measuring 18x8 up front and 20x10 at the rear. Lorne commissioned a custom set of center caps, adding yet another unique dash to an already striking car. The wheels are engulfed in Mickey Thompson Sportsman SR Radials measuring 26x8x18 and 29x15x20, front and rear respectively. Stopping the dashing stallion are Wilwood 14-inch Big Brake System rotors with six-piston calipers. If that don’t stop ya, nothing will.

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Digs
Lorne found another perfect partner in Omer’s Designs of Manitoba, Canada. They treated him with a full leather interior fit for even the most discriminating derrières. A custom dash insert stocked with Auto Meter gauges and a Billet Specialties steering wheel is what greets the operator. Another custom touch was a center console complete with Alpine CD deck, Dakota Digital keyless entry system, billet hinges, door strikers, and hood bumpers. Out back, the trunk houses the American Autowire Highway 22 cabling, fuse panel, battery, and hidden ECM tuned by HP Tuners for the potent powerplant.

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Body
Cahill Auto Body of St. Pierre, Manitoba, Canada, gave the old ’65 a fresh two-tone gray paint scheme. Owner Maurice Cahill tucked the factory bumpers for tight gaps all the way around the car. He also smoothed the firewall and added a distinctive twosome of inner fenders. The engine cover is also compliments of the fabricators at Cahill. The boys also added cunning stripes on the hood and trunk in a flat gray. They called upon Peter Tetrault from Winnipeg to add the pinstriping that breaks up the giant sea of gray beautifully. CHP

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