WHERE THE MONEY WENT
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle: $3,000
Paint & body: $1,760
Wheels: $660
Tires: $400
Engine block: $300
Rotating assembly: $1,200
Rings & bearings: $200
Machining: $650
Cam: $100
Lifters: $120
Pushrods: $100
Rockers: $280
Valves: $285
Timing set: $100
Cylinder heads: $305
Intake manifold: $80
Carburetor: (traded for labor) $0
Distributor: $100
Ignition box: (friend supplied) $0
Plug wires: $60
Coil: (swap meet find) $2
Starter: $165
Oil pan: (already had) $0
Oil pump: $40
Gaskets: $150
Headers: (already had, Jet-Hot cost) $175
Fuel system: $260
Radiator: $360
Water pump: $175
Cooling fan: (friend supplied) $0
Trans: $1,500
Shifter: $270
Line lock: $40
Rearend: $1,575
Rear suspension: $250
Front suspension: $108
Brakes: $770
Seats: $40
Interior: $787
Gauges: $310
Trim pieces: $700
Other labor: $400
Miscellaneous: $745
Subtotal: $17,827
Sale of old parts: -$2,400
Total: $15,427

By The Numbers
'65 Chevrolet Chevelle
Richard Morris, 61 * Collierville, TN
Total cost to build: $15,427
Best quarter-mile e.t.: 10.80 at 123 mph

ENGINE
Type: Chevrolet 454ci big-block
Block: production block, bored .030 over
Oiling: Hamburger pan, GM oil pump
Rotating assembly: Chevy forged steel crank
with Eagle rods;
12:1 Sealed Pro pistons
Cylinder heads: Chevy oval-ports
with 2.19/1.88-inch valves
Camshaft: COMP flat tappet,
248 degrees-at-.050, .595-inch lift
Valvetrain: COMP Magnum Roller rocker arms;
COMP springs, pushrods, and guides;
Manley valves
Induction: Edelbrock Performer RPM intake,
Holley 750 carburetor, K&N air cleaner
Ignition: MSD distributor, 6AL ignition box,
ACCEL coil and wires
Fuel system: 8-gallon fuel cell
with Holley electric fuel pump,
Moroso inline filter
Exhaust: Jet-Hot coated Hooker headers
with 2-inch primaries
Cooling: Griffin Radiator,
CSR electric water pump,
electric fans
Fasteners: ARP throughout
Machined by: Marion Performance (Marion, AR),
owner-assembled
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission: Turbo 400, TCI valvebody,
1,800-stall Precision 10-inch converter,
TCI shifter
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch, narrowed,
Moser axles
Transmission built by: Caffey Brodus
(Memphis, TN)
CHASSIS
Front suspension: stock spindles,
stock control arms,
6-cylinder Chevelle springs,
Competition Engineering 90/10 shocks,
Energy Suspension bushings
Rear suspension: stock, Competition Engineering
50/50 shocks, Air Lift air bags,
Energy Suspension bushings
Brakes: Wilwood discs, front;
stock drums, rear
WHEELS & TIRES
Wheels: American Torq-Thrust 15x4, front;
Centerline Telstar 15x8, rear
Tires: Moroso 7.10x15, front;
Hoosier 29x10, rear