Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bryan Barnes
Granite Bay, California
1965 Chevy Chevelle

Mid-'60s Chevrolets don't need a whole lot chassis-wise but a little in the way of lowering and brakes. And that's just what Bryan has done to his '65: lowered via OPG dropped spindles and RideTech 'bags (front and rear) and improved stopping power thanks to a disc brake swap.

Speed-O-Motive, in Southern California, handled the Chevelle's more potent 383ci small-block (circa '69) which features World Products Sportsman heads, COMP Cams valvetrain, Edelbrock intake and carb, Sanderson headers, Flowmaster exhaust, and electronic ignition. Behind the stroker is the stock four-speed transmission that's now outfitted with a Centerforce clutch and Hurst shifter. Rearend is also stock.

Wheels & Tires
A '60s mild custom wouldn't be complete without a set of chrome reverse wheels with pinner whites-and that's exactly what Barnes has outfitted his '65 with. The wheels are standard offset 15x7 with 205/75R15 Hankook radials on all four corners.

Body & Paint
Roseville Rod & Custom's Ben York (Roseville, California) and crew handled the bodywork and mild custom mods after the car was blasted by American Stripping. Initial paintwork was done by Jason Haskins, also in Roseville, using PPG materials. For the custom paint, Bryan took the '65 down south to Donnie Baird at Imperial Customs in Burbank who did the 'flake and candy-laced paneling on the roof using House of Kolor materials. Pinstriping is courtesy T.J. Pagano. Finally, Aaron Larson at Larson's Detailing (Rancho Cordova, California) buffed and polished the Chevelle's glass-like finish.

Perfectly complementing the vivid exterior is a solid white, pleated vinyl "factory-style" interior. The '64 Chevelle kit was supplied by OPG and installed by West Coast Interiors in Placerville, California. OPG silver-canvas lap belts and a bulleted (center-cap wise) steering wheel "round" out the inner confines.