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Immaculate, Must-See 1970 Pro Touring Chevelle

The Company Car: Making a trip to the hardware store never seemed so inviting

Tommy Lee Byrd Jun 13, 2016
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If you’ve had the pleasure of driving a company car then you know that in most cases it usually isn’t the greatest automobile on the road. For Nick and Josh Martorano and their contracting business, In Motion Builders, that couldn’t be further from the truth as their company car is a wicked 1970 Chevelle with a long list of modifications and one-off components. In Motion handles all sorts of tasks, but automotive work isn’t one of them, so Nick and his son Josh enlisted the help of several shops to get the job done.

The Chevelle came about through one of Josh’s longtime friends who, along with his father, had begun restoring the car in the late ’90s. Unfortunately, the friend’s father passed away unexpectedly and the unfinished Chevelle began to deteriorate. With no motivation to finish the project, Josh’s friend mentioned that selling it might be the thing to do, so in November 2005, Nick made the purchase and dragged the fairly solid Chevelle to his Lighthouse Point, Florida, home. It would be two years before the buildup started, but that gave the father and son team a chance to gather parts.

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When the time came to dig into the Chevelle, Josh contacted Jeremy Miranda, an up and coming fabricator who recently started a shop named Miranda Built in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Other shops and individuals would help with the build but the Chevelle stayed at Miranda Built throughout the majority of the process. As the build progressed, Josh posted photos on various forums and websites, making folks aware of the awesome work taking place. Companies began contacting Josh, asking about the shows they plan to attend, and before they knew it, the car was scheduled to be at the GFG Wheels booth at SEMA. With 10 months to complete the car from start to finish, everyone involved had to pick up the pace to make it happen.

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The first order of business was to give the chassis a smooth appearance, so Jeremy spent countless hours smoothing seams, welding unnecessary holes, and preparing the frame for its new components. The front suspension consists of Savitske Classic & Custom adjustable upper control arms, RideTech tubular lowers with RideTech ShockWaves in between. With the bags deflated, the 20x8.5 GFG Baghdad wheels tuck nicely into the front fenders, while the Wilwood six-piston calipers and 13-inch rotors hide behind the spokes. Out back, another pair of ShockWaves control the ride height and attach to a Currie 9-inch rearend, which is packed with a 3.70 gearset. The rear wheels measure 22x10 and wear Nitto rubber to match the front.

Part of the chassis buildup involved fabricating new mounts for the engine and transmission, as the Martoranos wanted a modern mill for their company car. At one point they thought a ZZ572 crate engine would be the right fit for such a classic muscle car, but the numerous advantages of the LS family of engines made it an easy choice. The final decision was an LS2, and the plan was to keep it fairly mild internally. A Comp Cams stick gives the 6.0-liter engine an aggressive idle and added performance, while the polished 122ci MagnaCharger certainly delivers an increase in power. Try 540 hp and 520 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels.

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As for aesthetic features, the Chevelle has plenty, especially under the hood. Custom-milled valve covers bear the In Motion name and most of the components are of aluminum construction, making them prime candidates for polishing. Hooker ceramic-coated headers let the LS2 breathe a little easier while the MagnaFlow 3-inch exhaust system tones down the noise in an unrestrictive manner. Behind the engine is a 4L80E transmission built by Gary’s Transmission in Pompano Beach, Florida. It features a Twist Machine MuscleDrive torque converter and a TransGo shift kit, while a Retrotek Speed pushbutton shifter controls it all. An Inland Empire aluminum driveshaft connects the heavy-duty overdrive transmission to the rearend.

The Martoranos bought the Chevelle knowing it would need rust repair and plenty of bodywork to go with it. At Miranda Built, Mike Gonzalez took care of the sheetmetal repairs and bodywork and though he lost an arm in a motorcycle accident, he proved his true skill with this Chevelle. Once it was ready to paint, the car traveled to EROD Customs, where Eddie Rodriguez laid down a slick coat of black PPG paint. He would make it even slicker with lots of color-sanding and buffing after Bones Design Custom Paint and Graphics finished the wicked flame job, done in Brandywine candy. The body modifications, including the shaved door handles, marker lights, and emblems, are now hidden beneath a mile-deep black finish, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a flaw in the finish.

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The simple and smooth theme continues inside with a custom dash fit with Auto Meter Cobalt gauges. Clint Jack at The Shop (Pompano Beach, Florida) fabricated the dash, interior panels, and console before it went to Tommy Nast Custom Upholstery to be installed. The seats are from Corbeau and match the car’s modern styling, while the Budnik steering wheel and ididit column add to the look. Dustin Clark installed the Alpine stereo system and the Vintage Air A/C system to provide a comfortable driving experience, and all of the controls are hidden in the console.

A few years ago, Nick and Josh Martorano shared a love for cars, and now they share an awesome Chevelle thanks to the efforts of many talented craftsmen. From the stance and flawless paint to the simple interior and the supercharged LS2 powerplant, the In Motion Chevelle is certainly a crowd-pleaser, and proved the point when it debuted at SEMA. From there, the Martoranos have traveled to numerous events, having fun and telling the car’s story along the way. And while many family businesses have quarrels here and there, the only disagreement at In Motion Builders is who gets to take the company car to lunch.

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