Driver's Impression - On the Street What is it with the Suspension & Handling Challenge contestants and station wagons (Newman Car Creations brought a '57)? Or should I ask, what's with the tan '65 Chevelles, as DSE had one too? Either way, we had a blast driving them all. Who knew a plain-Jane '65 wagon could be so much fun or so nice to drive? This entry got top marks in the comfort category. Tilt wheel, power windows, and custom-stitched bucket seats got my attention at first, as they were somewhat unexpected, but it was the ride quality that left a lasting impression. Simply put, it was outstanding. Maybe it was heavier than a Chevelle hardtop or sedan, but we wrote in the test log, "BMW ride quality. It doesn't float. It just soaks up the bumps." It's hard to fathom that a 45-year-old car with large 18-inch/35-series rolling stock could deliver such an impressive combination of ride/handling. Also getting good grades were the Baer brakes, which had very reassuring pedal feel. Hit the whoa pedal and the long A-body stopped quickly and straight. There was a big numb spot on center with the steering, but other than this it delivered good feel on the road. Jim Campisano Hotchkis Sport Suspension '65 Chevelle Wagon Engine Type: Gen I ZZ383 small-block Block: GM Fuel Delivery: Barry Grant Speed Demon 750 carb Drivetrain Transmission: Bowtie Overdrives built 700R-4 Rearend: 9-inch style with 3.25 gears and limited slip Chassis Suspension Steering: stock '65 Chevelle with Hotchkis Performance Steering Rebuild kit. Front Suspension: Hotchkis Spindles: Tall B-body Chevrolet Front Shocks: Bilstein/Hotchkis HPS 1000 Front Springs: Hotchkis Sport Springs with 1-inch drop Front Control Arms: Hotchkis TIG welded 1.5-inch diameter tubular upper and lower Front Sway bar: Hotchkis 13/8-inch diameter tubular Extreme Sway Bar with fully articulated mount Rear Suspension: Hotchkis Rear Shocks: Bilstein/Hotchkis HPS 1000 Rear Springs: Hotchkis Sport Springs with 1-inch drop Rear Sway bar: Hotchkis 15/16-inch diameter tubular Extreme Sway Bar with fully articulated mount Rear Control Arms: Hotchkis adjustable upper and lower trailing arms Front Brakes: Baer Aluma Sport twin-piston calipers with 12-inch diameter cross-drilled rotors Rear Brakes: Baer Aluma Sport twin-piston calipers with 12-inch diameter cross-drilled rotors Wheels & Tires Wheels: Bonspeed Crokus two-piece, 18x8 front, 18x9 rear Tires: Nitto NT05, 265/35ZR18 front and (TK) rear TRACK RESULTS '65 Wagon '10 Camaro Skidpad: 0.88 g 0.85 g Slalom: 41.63 mph 45.84 mph Autocross: 47.66 sec. 46.32 sec. « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Super Chevy Staff Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!