And while this car certainly goes fast, it also stops quickly as well. The brakes were upgraded to include Baer four-piston calipers that grip big 14-inch cross-vented rotors up front and 13-inch rotors in the back. Dick has augmented the system with a Wilwood proportioning valve he can adjust with a cabin-mounted dial.
While the demeanor of this sizable sedan is decidedly tough, the ride is not. A jaunt through a very tight autocross course revealed a firm yet smooth ride, the type of thing you’d want for daily driving. Seated within a largely factory-correct cabin, Dick told us how he will reinstall the rear seat when he gets back home for the grandkids.
“That’s how I wanted this car to be … a quick yet reliable daily driver,” Dick says. “And with four doors, it’s especially easy.”
Dick Eytchison’s Crew Cab ’65 Chevelle looks like a buck’s down grocery-getter, and it is. It just gets the groceries really quick.
“…the four-door Chevelle was referred to as a ‘Sport Sedan,’ a concept guys like Dick took to stratospheric levels.”
By The Numbers
1965 Chevelle Sport Sedan
Dick Eytchison, 68, Cortez, CO
Type: ZZ383 small-block Chevy crate motor
Displacement: 383 ci
Block: factory, ’09 vintage
Bore & stroke: 4.0x3.80 inches
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Rotating assembly: 4030 forged steel crank, PM steel connecting rods, hypereutectic pistons
CCW running gear provides ample contact with pavement—not to mention the one overt concess
Cylinder heads: aluminum Fast Burn 383, 2.00/1.56-inch valves, 62cc chambers
Camshaft: stock ZZ383, hydraulic roller .509/.528-inch lift, 222/230 degrees duration at .050
Valvetrain: hydraulic roller, overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, 1.5 ratio rockers
Induction: Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap dual-plane, Holley Avenger 650-cfm carb
Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp 1¾-inch headers, stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust
Ignition: Performance Distributors DUI, LiveWires ignition wires
Output: approximately 400 hp
Built by: GM
Most guys these days would opt for a sterile LS transplant, but Dick is old-school, stayin
Transmission: Tremec TKO-600 five-speed
Rearend: Ford 9-inch, Truetrac diff with 3.70 gears
Front suspension: Hotchkis TVS A-arms, Hotchkis 1-inch lower coil springs, Bilstein shocks, Hotchkis sway bar, B-body spindles
Rear suspension: Hotchkis TVS control arms and 2-inch lowering coil springs, Bilstein shocks, Hotchkis sway bar
Steering: AGR 12:1 quick ratio box
Brakes: Baer Track4 13-inch rotors with Baer four-piston calipers (front), Baer Alumasport 12-inch rotors with Baer calipers (rear)
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: CCW 17x8 front, 17x9.5 rear
Tires: Falken Azenis RT-615 245/45R17 front, 275/40R17 rear
Though it appears largely stock, Dick has augmented the instruments with Auto Meter gauges
A driving light was sacrificed to ensure the ZZ383 motor gets plenty of cold, fresh air.
The Optima Red Top battery was moved to the trunk for better weight distribution.