Once the body was gleaming with a fresh flavor, it was time to address the mechanical side of the build. Having worked with Robert Norris of R&C Fabrication of Westminster, Maryland, before on his Chevelle, Brett knew that Robert would share his vision of creating a low-slung razor-sharp ’69 with loads of attitude. Robert signed onto the build and laid out a base, which would get the car down low and ready for action. Up front, the original subframe was blasted clean, powdercoated, then treated to Hotchkis tubular upper and lower A-arms combined with SSBC 2-inch dropped spindles complemented by QA1 adjustable coilover shocks. Out back, a Strange 12-bolt rear filled with 3.73:1 cogs is suspended in place by Calvert Racing’s split monoleaf springs and CalTracs traction bars combined with QA1 adjustable coilover shocks. To bring it all to a halt, 11-inch SSBC rotors and calipers reside up front while factory drums get the job done out back. A set of Billet Specialties Street Lite wheels shod with Mickey Thompson Sportsman rubber seal the car’s aggressive stance and demeanor. Now armed with “the look,” and to make sure any stoplight challengers would get their money’s worth, Brett contacted Scott Shafiroff to build a pump-gas friendly beast. One that would leave your guts on the floor once the go-pedal was planted. The result: a 582ci stroked Rat packed with all the endless innovation Shafiroff is known for. The ensemble includes an Eagle crank and rods, JE 10.5:1 slugs, COMP Cams stick, and Dart Pro aluminum heads. A 950cfm Holley sucks air and fuel through an Edelbrock Victor Series intake with spent gasses getting dumped through a set of Hooker headers. Pulling 745 hp on the dyno is enough to peel back anyone’s eyelids and a make scrap metal out of any transmission that’s not quite up to the task. So in went a Coan Extreme 400 Pro trans and B&M Quicksilver shifter to handle the abuse.
At this point, Brett began the final assembly stage working with good friend Carl Davidson to take on the painstaking task of getting the car’s vital systems up, including wiring, fuel system, brakes, and cooling. It was time for first fire-up. It shook the earth. It was epic!
The interior was then glammed up with the seats recovered in black and white houndstooth by Todd Meyers while Robert Norris returned to install the balance of the interior.
Classic touches like a rosewood steering wheel and trim melds perfectly with Auto Meter gauges and carbon-fiber dash accents. The completed car exemplifies what a clean yet subtle execution in a build can bring to the table.
Brett and Zak Stevens’ modern interpretation of a classic packs more than its share of heat. And once they rip away from a stoplight, it’s obvious that this ’69 is no sleeper. Far from it …
“If there was a replacement sheetmetal part available, I bought it. I really didn’t want to cut any corners on this build.”