We love our classic Chevys, but compared to today’s modern muscle they don’t handle, ride, or perform anywhere near the level we’ve become accustomed to. Thankfully, if you have the cash, modern road manners are relatively easy to add to the vintage mix.
Roadster Shop churns out some of the hottest modified and Pro Touring rides in the country. Of course, these creations can take years to complete. But, according to Roadster Shop co-owner Phil Gerber they’ve seen a trend of super-clean survivor cars being given a modern mechanical makeover, but otherwise kept vintage appearing. Roadster Shop calls these cars their Survivor Series. A great example is this super-clean 1964 Chevelle SS currently undergoing transformation.
The paint and body isn’t being touched, which knocks a huge chunk of time off of the build schedule, and the overall look of the Chevelle will stay classically cool. Mechanically though, the SS will be getting every aspect improved. The stock chassis was tossed and replaced with a Roadster Shop Fast Track system complete with IRS. The drivetrain will receive the latest Chevy tech in the form of a blown LT4 backed up by a TREMEC Magnum six-speed. Huge Baer brakes will stop the ’64 and reside inside a set of custom-made Forgeline wheels. The entire car will also be updated with an American Autowire electrical system.
The interior will get a set of Recaro Expert seats, but they will be covered in a way that will make the new black interior feel period correct. For comfort, the team is adding Vintage Air A/C, and Dakota Digital gauges will keep track of everything. Best of all, the whole build will take a matter of months rather than years. To check out more build shots of this sweet Chevelle and other RS projects, be sure to visit www.roadstershop.com.