When we last left the BluePrint ’64 Chevelle build, we were prepping for our upcoming Goodguys event in which case we’d be putting the Chevelle through its paces on the autocross track. To recap, our previous exploits, be sure to check out our introduction to the project here.
Project BluePrint Build Article Archive
Not only are we providing a pretty comprehensive build diary here, but we dive into tech details with full length articles. Check them out below:
Since then, we’ve gone full-tilt with the entire car. From the suspension to a completely new drivetrain, including a big-brake upgrade and even installed a new set of wheels and tires. With so much going on with the build, it’s hard to keep up with all of the latest parts and updates. What better way to stay involved than with an on going, live build thread.
It’s here you’ll be able to keep up to date on our project Chevelle. On top of our normal regime of build articles involving tech installs, we’ll also be populating this build thread on a regular basis. As with any build of this magnitude, inevitably, parts are going to change quite frequently. We’re documenting everything in detail for full tech articles on each aspect of this build, but we want to keep you up to date on some of the important milestones we’re passing every week. Bookmark this page – we’ll be updating as we go along, and putting in links to all the detailed stories.
Where do we begin? We’ve got a ton planned for our upcoming build. Quite honestly, there’s a definite buzz around the Power Automedia office and shop. We can’t wait to see our Chevelle completed and up and running. Matter of fact, we’re already taking bets to see who gets to drive the Chevelle first once it’s completed.
Future stories coming down the pipeline will include a comparison of how the project car did in the autocross and once we have data to compare the baseline to, we’ll be publishing our results. Until then, let’s take a look at some of our planned upgrades for our BluePrint Chevelle project.
Video // BluePrint Chevelle Productions
If you’re like us, time is a hot commodity and spending hours sifting through this build thread can be a bit daunting. While we’ve got most of the updates on the current ’64 BluePrint Chevelle build below, we couldn’t help but showcase some of our latest, in-house productions with the Chevelle.
We’ve carefully documented some of our most important endeavors on film including the install of our complete upgrade of the factory suspension with RideTech and new wheels and tires from Billet Specialties and Continental tires. We’ve also featured the BluePrint LS engine swap and illustrated just how easy it is to do the swap yourself. Of course, for more videos on everything we do here at Chevy Hardcore and Power Automedia, be sure to check out our entire library of videos, right here. Sit back and enjoy our build episodes.
- Power Automedia 1964 Project Chevelle Upgrades With New Suspension, Wheels, Tires and Brakes
- Billet Specialties Street Smart Wheels
- BluePrint Engines Makes Crate Motor Swaps Easy
Introduction // What We Have Planned
As the evolution of hot rodding has changed, we couldn’t ignore the instant and continued success of the LS powerplants. While the current setup of the Chevelle including a naturally-aspirated big-block and 3-speed Turbo 400 transmission certainly allowed the A-body to scoot, we were after something modern and convenient. We’ll also be updating the entire Chevelle, both inside and out.
With our game plan in place, it became clear that this project build was well thought out and the goals were very achievable. What makes a well defined project car that can achieve the target goals is a clearly defined build plan with purposeful selection of components – a blueprint, if you will. The final step in planning is to give the project a name. Based on the thought process that went into planning this build, BluePrint Chevelle seemed like a meaningful project name.
As work has already started on our BluePrint Chevelle project car, you’ll want to check back often to see where we are in our build process. We promise to give you all the details, each step of the way. Pardon us while we go back to the blueprints and get this project rolling.
Getting Up To Speed // Brakes, Wheels, Tires and Suspension
Years ago, obtaining that perfect stance took custom parts, lots of fabrication and a load of headaches. Nowadays, you can achieve that custom, one-off look with a few bolt-ons and some time in your very own garage. With autocrossing on the table as one of the Chevelle’s duties, we needed the right parts to get this A-body to hook. With a quick search of the RideTech website, we had a complete, front to rear bolt-on coilover suspension kit. It came with all the necessary hardware and even the RideTech splined front sway bar. In an afternoon we had the factory components off and nearly all the front end completed with the new suspension. It took another full day to remove the old factory parts from the rear and the remainder of that day to get the rear dialed in with the RideTech parts.
Geared Up // BluePrint Engine And Gearstar Performance Transmission Install
With driveability a factor in our part-purchasing decisions, we knew that this particular Chevelle would be spending a lot of time out on the road. Unfortunately, we have yet to drive the car much. In the meantime, we made sure to outfit our Chevelle with the Level 4 4L65E transmission from Gearstar Performance. With the addition of our 600HP BluePrint LS engine, Gearstar’s overdrive will be a nice compliment to an already potent package. While our install involved a lot of heavy modifying of the factory A-body transmission tunnel and engine motor mounts, it’s certainly something any weekend-wrencher could handle.
So stay tuned as there’s plenty more BluePrint Chevelle action to come. We’ve got lots in store!