The last few years Year One has debuted a new project car on the annual Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour. This year we pulled the wraps off a resto-mod 1967 Chevelle in Nashville, Tennessee. Like last year’s Innovator LS1-powered ’69 Camaro, the ’67 Chevelle was a cooperative effort between Year One, Brewer’s Restoration and Performance in Cumming, Georgia, and a who’s-who of aftermarket restoration and performance parts manufacturers.
Our aim with the Chevelle was to build an up-to-date street machine with a nod to “hard-edged” drag strip performance. And even though the car was designed to wage war a quarter-mile at a time, we wanted it to be streetable enough to drive on the Power Tour. The last few years have seen touring or road race build styles dominating the hobby, so BRP and Year One felt the time was right to construct a vehicle that was more at home at Atlanta Dragway than Road Atlanta. But we didn’t want a Pro Street car – the Chevelle had to have the modern “look” with big diameter wheels; a good, low stance and striking paint without the Top Fuel-style rear wheels and massive wings associated with Pro Street cars.
During construction, BRP employed a new twist on the old hot-rodders trick of “channeling” which made it possible to lower the body a great deal while maintaining a decent amount of ground clearance underneath the vehicle. Instead of channeling the body around the OEM frame, however, Phil Brewer and BRP constructed a new mild-steel tubular frame from the A-pillars back. This dropped the body in relation to the frame, and also allowed BRP to lower the engine 2 inches and set it back 1-1/2 inches. Lowering the body meant the firewall, the trans tunnel and the driveshaft tunnel had to be extensively modified to clear the drivetrain, but the payoff was a great stance without dragging vital components on the ground.
The Chevelle was a big hit on the Power Tour, and was reliable to boot. It traveled some 2,300 miles overall, and was photographed for an upcoming feature in Hot Rod Magazine. Hot Rod TV also spent a good deal of time on the car, so look for that in a future episode.
We have to thank everyone involved in the project for all their help. We at Year One are proud of our tradition of building cars that work well, and that simply wouldn’t be possible without the superb products supplied by our vendors, and all the hard work and ingenuity put forth by Phil Brewer and BRP. Check out the photos and take a look at the parts list, and let us know if you have any questions about the car.
As drag strip testing continues, we’ll be updating the site with results – good or bad!
Oh yeah, one more thing – keep an eye out next May for our next project. It’s already in the planning stages, and it’ll keep our Power Tour tradition alive!
540 c.i.d. Merlin short block
Merlin square-port aluminum heads
Holley 2000 cfm throttle body
Holley 50 pph injectors
Holley Commander 950 engine management
Comp Cams solid roller camshaft
Comp Cams valvetrain
Mallory ignition system
NOS Noszle direct port nitrous injection
Evolution Industries bottle brackets
Hooker SuperComp headers
QTP electronic exhaust cut-outs
Hooker Aero Chamber mufflers
Earl’s Pro-Lite line and fittings
Aeromotive fuel pump
RCI fuel cell
400 turbo with trans brake
TCI 2500 stall torque converter
Gear Vendors overdrive unit
Moser 12-bolt rear with 4.10 gears
Eaton limited-slip differential
BRP tubular back-half frame
QA1 front and rear coil-over springs
SSBC front and rear brakes
1998 Firebird bucket seats
Year One 1967 Chevelle red seat covers
Hurst Pistol-Grip Quarter Stick shifter
ACC floor mats, carpet, underlay
Detroit Speed & Engineering wiper motor and switch
Billet Specialties steering wheels
RCI 5-point harnesses
Year One composite cowl induction hood
Custom Autosound hidden stereo system
House of Color paint
Blue Blood Red and
Orion Silver with Kandy Tangerine and Pagan
Powdercoated molding and trim
Be Cool aluminum radiator, electric fans
Flaming River steering rack
Flaming River steering shaft, components
Flaming River tilt steering column
SSBC drop spindles
Global West tubular front upper and lower control arms
17 x 7 front, 18 x 10 Billet Specialties Strip wheels
245/40 17 Nitto 555 radial front
305/40 18 Nitto 555R Drag Radial rear
Vintage air AC system