1965 Chevelle Blog # 1 - The Beginning V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Blog # 1 - The Beginning V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Here's the first blog on the 1965 Chevelle project. This is a pretty decent driver to start with, but the body is not very solid. We're going to upgrade the engine, body, and suspension without taking this car off the frame...we don't have the budget or time, so this is a great example of a real-world resto.
Custom Autosound Slidebar Radios & The System Hidden Subwoofer Video
Custom Autosound Slidebar Radios & The System Hidden Subwoofer Video
http://www.customautosound.com - Custom Autosound is your source for high-quality audio systems that match your classic car's design. Their new feature packed Slidebar radios feature digital device connectivity, high power, and quality sound from a unit that looks like it belongs in your dash. Their hidden speaker systems deliver big sound from powered subwoofer units and unique midrange and...
ARP - The Ultimate Fasteners!
ARP - The Ultimate Fasteners!
http://www.arp-bolts.com - ARP manufactures the ultimate fasteners for the inside - and outside - of your ride!
1965 Chevelle Blog #4: C-Clip Axle Removal V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Blog #4: C-Clip Axle Removal V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Our 1965 Chevelle has a 10-bolt rear axle, and while preparing the housing for some detailing and upgrades, we show you how to remove "c" clip-style axles. This is handy if you're changing gears, differentials, or upgrading to disc brakes. It's a pretty simple trick.
1965 Chevelle Blog 5: Frame Teardown V8TV
1965 Chevelle Blog 5: Frame Teardown V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We took the chassis from the '65 Chevelle SS parts car and blew it apart for a trip to the media blaster. V8TV shop assistant Nick Doerr took some initiative to remove the front springs with a plasma torch... while we would never recommend that anyone do this, it works...
1965 Chevelle Blog 6: Chassis Restoration V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Blog 6: Chassis Restoration V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We had our 1965 Chevelle SS frame media blasted and stripped clean, and then it was time to give it a new protective coating. This time, we utilized the new Extreme Chassis Black Epoxy paint from Eastwood. We found it to have an accurate satin appearance, and it seems to have the guts to stand up to the road.
1965 Chevelle Part 7: Quarter Panel Preview V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Part 7: Quarter Panel Preview V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This update is a quick overview on our plans to replace the quarter panels on the '65 Chevelle with some new pieces from OPGI , but we're going to use 3M Panelbond adhesive to do the job. Gluing the panels reduces the chance of warpage and corrosion, but it involves a couple special techniques.
1965 Chevelle Trunk Floor and Floor Panel Repair How To Video V8TV
1965 Chevelle Trunk Floor and Floor Panel Repair How To Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com: - 314-783-8325 - Repairing main floors and trunk floors on our 1965 Chevelle.
1965 Chevelle Chassis Build V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Chassis Build V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We've turned the corner on our 1965 Chevelle build, and we're finally starting to put the car back together. This time, we're re-assembling the newly painted chassis with a complete Hotchkis Total Vehicle System suspension package, along with some newly restored brake hardware and new brake and fuel lines.
Desktop Engine Build: 1965 Chevelle 350-Video
Desktop Engine Build: 1965 Chevelle 350-Video
When it came time to plan the engine in our 1965 Chevelle project, we tossed around a couple ideas, but decided to modify the 350 that came with the car. It's a parts-store remanufactured 4-bolt 350 V8 with less than 10000 miles on it. The bottom end is ideal for a mild street engine, but we didn't like the crappy lo-performance cast iron heads and weak camshaft. So before we turned a singl...
1965 Chevelle Color Test Panel V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Color Test Panel V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We like to spray a test panel before painting the entire car. This way, we can see how the color reacts in different light and how the light affects the body lines and contours of the car. Our 1965 Chevelle is going to be painted in a factory BMW M series color called Estoril Blue, and we're really excited to see how it comes out. This video shows th...
1965 Chevelle Engine Upgrades V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Engine Upgrades V8TV-Video
Installation Available: http://v8speedshop.com/contact http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Our '65 Chevelle drove in on a low-performance 350 cubic inch Chevy replacement engine that was reported to have less than 10,000 miles on it. Initially, we contemplated doing a late-model EFI swap on this car, but then we thought we'd take a look at what we had and see what kind of shape it was in...
Muscle Car Restoration At The V8 Speed & Resto Shop - 314.783.8325-Video
Muscle Car Restoration At The V8 Speed & Resto Shop - 314.783.8325-Video
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1965 Chevelle Quarter Panel Install Pt. 1 V8TV How-To Video
1965 Chevelle Quarter Panel Install Pt. 1 V8TV How-To Video
Installation Available: http://v8speedshop.com/contact http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - PART 1 - Quarter panels are one of the most rust and dent-prone parts of musclecars, and our 1965 Chevelle had some of each. Mostly dents. Thankfully, OPGI came out with new reproduction full quarter panels for 1965 Chevelles. In this video, we show you how to remove your old panel and install...
ARP Ultimate Whole Car Fastener Spot
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1965 Chevelle Quarter Panel Install Pt. 2 V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Quarter Panel Install Pt. 2 V8TV-Video
Installation Available: http://v8speedshop.com/contact http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Quarter panels are one of the most rust and dent-prone parts of musclecars, and our 1965 Chevelle had some of each. Mostly dents. Thankfully, OPGI came out with new reproduction full quarter panels for 1965 Chevelles. In this video, we show you how to remove your old panel and install the new....
1965 Chevelle: Door Skin Replacement 1 - Removal V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle: Door Skin Replacement 1 - Removal V8TV-Video
Installation Available: http://v8speedshop.com/contact http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Our 1965 Chevelle had some pretty nice doors, but they were hiding some rust pinholes that we knew would be problematic later. The last thing we wanted was to finish this car and have it start bubbling with rust spots, so we elected to do the right thing and replace the door skins. This allowed ...
1965 Chevelle: Door Skin 2 - Installation V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle: Door Skin 2 - Installation V8TV-Video
Installation Available: http://v8speedshop.com/contact http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - In this video, we install a new set of doorskins on our 1965 Chevelle. These new, rust-free, arrow-straight skins came from OPGI, and when installed properly, are a quick and relatively easy way to renew an old set of doors. We prepped our inner structure by treating it to a complete sandblasting...
1965 Chevelle: Pulling Small Dents The Easy Way - V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle: Pulling Small Dents The Easy Way - V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Our 1965 Chevelle had a series of shallow dents all over the hood that seemed to follow the contours of the underhood structure. It looked as if someone dumped 500 pounds of sand on the hood, "forming" it to the inner structure. We didn't just want to fill the recesses with body filler, so John pulled out a cool dent pulling tool which uses a spot-weldi...
1965 Chevelle Pre Body Filler Walk-Around - V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Pre Body Filler Walk-Around - V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The metalwork is completed on our 1965 Chevelle, and now the car is entering the bodywork phase. The hood displays a unique pattern... like a large weight pushed the hood skin into the inner structure of the hood, which will have to be straightened. In this video, Kelle takes us through some of the items that have been fixed, like the door gaps and pane...
1965 Chevelle Body Filler Stage - V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle Body Filler Stage - V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - After all the panels were aligned and all the dents pulled, our 1965 Chvelle moved into the body filler stage. Our body technition John started the process by grinding the steel panels to achieve a mechanical bond as well as a chemical bond, then began mixing and applying the Marson Mar-Glass fiberglass filler to the structural areas and seams, followed b...
1965 Chevelle: Sprayable Polyester - V8TV-Video
1965 Chevelle: Sprayable Polyester - V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - All the body filler on our 1965 Chevelle project has been block-sanded straight, bringing the car one step closer to paint application. The next step is to apply several coats of Standox Sprayable Polyester .. a high-build sprayable body filler intended to fill any pinholes or sanding scratches in the body filler layer below. Tiny pinholes and sanding scratches can b...
1965 Chevelle:  Block Sanding Polyester Filler Video V8TV
1965 Chevelle: Block Sanding Polyester Filler Video V8TV
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - After the body filler work was completed, we sprayed the body of our 1965 Chevelle with a high-build polyester filler from Standox. The sprayable polyester will fill all the minor sanding scratches and any pinholes in the body filler below. The polyester will also allow body technician John to refine the car's final shape, making the panels glass-straigh...
V8TV Update: 1965 Chevelle in Primer-Video
V8TV Update: 1965 Chevelle in Primer-Video
Our '65 Chevelle has been block sanded to perfection, and tonight it got a bath in Hot Hues Hot Prime. The underhood surface was sprayed with DuPont's Hot Rod Black for a durable satin sheen.
V8TV Update: 1965 Chevelle Gauge Panel-Video
V8TV Update: 1965 Chevelle Gauge Panel-Video
Cleanly adding a triple gauge set and Vintage Air vents to our 1965 Chevelle.

http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Our 1965 Chevelle is going to have a Vintage Air system installed, so we decided to use their FrontRunner serpentine accessory drive system on the engine.  This system not only provides a mount for the air conditioning compressor, but it is also a slick mount for the alternator and power steering pump with a new-style serpentine belt for more efficient operation.   The main truss mounts to the block and not the heads or intake, so all the belt driven parts line up perfectly.  Here's how the system installs.

 

 

 

In this playlist, we install a Holley Terminator throttle-body electronic fuel injection system on our 1965 Chevelle SS.     

 

Our 1965 Chevelle is finished, and in this video, we surprise the owner by presenting the car at the Chicago Chevy Vettefest! He had no idea it was completed was completely surprised. The car even won a Gold Spinner Award. Watch the video and see how it all happened!    It was a proud day for the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew!

 

This is the home stretch for our 1965 Chevelle! In this installment, we're adding the final touches to the outside of the car like the new trim and badges from OPGI . We're also buttoning up the interior with an OPGI Stage III interior restoration kit , which includes the seat covers, door panels, carpeting, headliner, and more. The only change we made from stock was the addition of some Scat Pro-Car seats for added support. These details, along with things like new glass, really make a car stand out. Finally, Nathan masks off the trim for the final buff and hand glaze with 3M Perfect-it III Finishing Glaze , and the car is show ready! Next time, we bring it to the Chicago World Of Wheels show for it's surprise unveiling to the unsuspecting owner, then we'll show you how it drives!

 

In this video, we're wet sanding the previous color coat on our 1965 Chevelle with 3M Wetordry 2000 grit sandpaper and masking and prepping it for the final color coats of DuPont Estoril Blue. Painter Nathan Newberry mixes the materials in a 3M PPS cup system for easy measurement and cleanup before entering the downdraft baking booth discusses proper spraying technique when applying metallic colors. Then, the car receives several coats of clear before leaving the spray booth. Next step: wet sand it again, and buff it out!

 

Our 1965 Chevelle gets a cooling upgrade in the form of a BeCool aluminum radiator, and then we fire it up for the first time as a complete car! We broke-in the engine on the chassis using some Royal Purple Break-In Oil, and now it's time to fire it "for real!"

 

This time, we're installing the sheetmetal on our 1965 Chevelle getting it ready for it's final layers of color and then clearcoats. The jamb areas have all been painted and cleared, but we want to make this a running, driving car before we bring it back to the paint booth for final paint.

 

Our 1965 Chevelle is designed to be a comfortable driver, so we're installing a load of things to make it a nice driver. In this video, we're installing a new floor shifter from OPGI into the original GM console we scored on eBay, followed by some slick Stewart Warner Performance Green Line gauges in a custom housing. Then it's a new Ididit tilt steering column, followed by a Detroit Speed power steering line set. Then a Detroit Speed delay wiper kit goes in, followed by a new OPGI Dash gauge surround and reproduction factory style tachometer. Then, we added some Hushmat sound and heat shielding to keep the noise down, and installed a Vintage Air A/C system to keep it cool in the car.

 

Wheels and tires can make or break a car's looks and performance, and we wanted to choose our wheel and tire combination carefully. We wanted to equip our 1965 Chevelle with wheels that will look good forever, without being too trendy. We also wanted tires that offered great performance without sacrificing ride and comfort. After carefully measuring the Chevelle with a Percy's Wheel Rite tool, we selected a set of Vintage Wheel Works V40 straight-spoke wheels measuring 17x8" with 4 3/4" of backspace. These wheels are practically made for the car, with their crisp, timeless, and aggressive styling. For tires, we chose a set of BF Goodrich g-Force Super Sport A/S tires in 245/45R17 rear and 225/45R17X/L front sizes. The g-Force Super Sports offer aggressive looks, great all-season traction, and construction stiff enough to handle the autocross without sacrificing comfort.

 

All the sanding and preparation work is finally complete, and we were ready to spray the DuPont BMW Estoril Blue on our 1965 Chevelle. After all the primer was wetsanded to a 600 grit finish, body technician Nathan Newberry wiped the surface down with wax & grease remover and sprayed the body with DuPont Hot Seal sealer to create a barrier between the basecoat color and the primer. Next came the DuPont Chroma Premiere basecoat. Nathan sprayed several coats to completely cover the body shell, then we masked the outside surfaces and sprayed clear on the door jambs and areas that could not be cleared once the car is reassembled. Next up were the doors, fenders, hood, deck lid, hinges, etc. All were checked with the 3M SunGun for accuracy. We're going to assemble the car in basecoat and clear it assembled... stay tuned for that one!

 

Once the Standox Sprayable Polyester was block sanded to a 220 grit surface, body tech John Blandford prepped our 1965 Chevelle's body for a couple coats of DuPont Hot Prime primer. The Hot Prime is part of the Hot Hues line, and provides the last sandable layer before final sealer and then color. John sprayed the primer using a SATA KLC spraygun and the 3M PPS cup system. The KLC HVLP low overspray primer and filler gun for its ability to finely atomize heavier materials reducing the amount of sanding needed for a flat surface, and the PPS cup system makes clean-up simple with less solvent waste. The next chapter in the '65 Chevelle story... spraying the color!

 

Here's a quick look at our MagnaFlow dual 2.5" exhaust system on our '65 Chevelle... these systems install really easily, are good for power, and sound great. We like 'em. Complete install video to come!

 

The body of our '65 lands back on the frame.

 

It's all coming back together!