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!

Vehicle Specifications:

 


Engine:


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

Fuel System:


Earl’s Pro-Lite line and fittings

Aeromotive fuel pump

RCI fuel cell

Transmission:


400 turbo with trans brake

TCI 2500 stall torque converter

Gear Vendors overdrive unit

Rear Axle:


Moser 12-bolt rear with 4.10 gears

Eaton limited-slip differential

Dynotech Metal

Matrix driveshaft

Rear Suspension:

BRP tubular back-half frame

QA1 front and rear coil-over springs

Brakes:


SSBC front and rear brakes

Interior:


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

Body:


Year One composite cowl induction hood

Entertainment System:


Custom Autosound hidden stereo system

Paint/coatings:



House of Color paint

Blue Blood Red and
Orion Silver with Kandy Tangerine and Pagan
Gold Flames

Powdercoated molding and trim

Cooling System:


Be Cool aluminum radiator, electric fans

Front Suspension:


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

Wheels/Tires:


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

HVAC:



Vintage air AC system