1965 Chevy Corvette
Early Influence
Everyone's got a childhood idol, but few get to work with them for 40 years like Steve Malone did. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, it's not too hard to keep tabs on what's going on. Steve noticed a handful of what he would later identify as Corvettes in the local mechanic's lot. Still very young, his parents didn't want him venturing out too far on his bicycle, so he would pedal down to the shop as fast as he could to fake a close-by trip, but end up at Frank Duff's shop. Duff and his work quickly became the focus of Steve's life. He spent as much time spying on Duff's work as he could. Steve was endlessly grateful that Duff obliged his visits and even took the time to answer the hundreds of questions an eager 10-year-old might ask. It would be a long time before Steve could afford a car like the ones Duff had! When he was 16, Steve worked at the local Chevy dealership through his high school's vocational program, and got to work on Corvettes as they came off the truck.

Now, 40 years later, he calls Duff his friend. He also has picked up a '65 Corvette and grabs Duff's advice as he did decades ago. Duff doesn't have the collection of Corvettes he used to, but he has a plethora of parts that have really helped Steve out getting his car to perfect stock condition. Steve hopes to give his own kids the positive attitude he got from Duff to encourage them to follow their dreams like he did. He looks forward to loaning out his second-gen Vette to his brother and sister-in-law, as well as his kids when they're old enough.

By The Numbers
1965 Chevy Corvette
Steve Malone, 52 • Pataskala, OH
523 hp, 497 lb-ft of torque

Type: 396-inch big-block Chevy
Block: polished oil galleries,
.030-inch overbore
Oiling: Melling high-volume pump,
Rotating assembly: balanced factory crank,
TRW forged 10:1 pistons,
shot-peened rods
Cylinder heads: '70 Corvette large oval-port
iron with three-angle valve job,
polished and ported
Camshaft: Sealed Power hydraulic
.527-/.553-inch lift,
224/234 degrees duration
at .050-inch lift
Valvetrain: stainless valves with
posi-lock seals,
Sealed Power moly pushrods,
double roller chain
Induction: GM aluminum intake with
850-cfm Holley double-pumper carb
Ignition: HEI with AL-7 box
Cooling: factory big-block aluminum
radiator and pump
Fuel system: HO mechanical pump
Exhaust: GM factory side pipes
Fasteners: ARP
Transmission/shifter: Muncie M-21
four-speed manual
Rear axle: GM factory
Front suspension: factory with new
bushings and bearings
Rear suspension: rebuilt with upgraded
fiberglass spring
Brakes: four-piston, four-wheel disc
Body: all factory
Paint: '65 Code UU Rally Red
Wheels: factory spinner wheel caps
Tires: whitewalls