All of Gordon's builds feature Painless Performance Products and as he talked to the crew at Painless, they offered one of their new ECMs to handle engine management duties. The system came with a baseline program, but the Hilborn stacks and ProCharger required plenty of tuning and 72-pound MSD injectors to handle the fuel demands. "Even without the supercharger, this Hilborn system pushes a lot of air," Gordon says. "We went with the 72-pound injectors because when it gets to the top end, it's going to want all the fuel it can get, and it's better to go big than small with injectors."
The interior of the Chevelle is not Spartan, but it was designed for functionality over appearance and ostentatious gadgetry. A Vintage Air system moderates cabin temperature and a pair of Yonaka Ronin seats offers a solid balance of comfort and support. Aftermarket door panels necessitated power windows, and power door locks were added to eliminate the OEM push buttons. An ididit steering column with an antitheft key fob ID system allows the Chevelle to fire up without an ignition key.
The battery was relocated to the right rear corner of the trunk, offsetting weight and leaving the trunk wide open for One Lap supplies. The factory fuel tank was narrowed 2 inches, with flat sides added and two -10AN bungs installed on the bottom for the Weldon fuel pumps.
It was nonstop work, but Gordon finished the car in time for SEMA. Nevertheless, delays from some suppliers prevented him from accepting an invitation to the 2010 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The plan of running the One Lap and OPTIMA event in 2011 is still in place, and we look forward to seeing the outcome!
By The Numbers
1972 Chevy Chevelle
Owner: Kiet Pham; Bend, Oregon
Builder: Gordon Aram of A-Team Racing
Total cost to build: $150,000