Ryan O'Toole's '65 Chevelle

Ryan O'Toole's '65 Chevelle


Article from: Chevy High Performance Magazine

Author: Robert McGaffin


            "You can tell that this Chevelle is a little bit different from any that have gone before and that it’s probably the stance that does it. Pull back just far enough and those big, fat wheels become monolithic and the undeniable focal point. Is this a natural offshoot of the Pro Touring shtick? No, you can’t just leave it at boisterous rolling stock. There’s more to it than that. 

            We don’t know if Ryan O’Tool has a bent for taking fast corners on the edge of his seat or just likes to look the part. As you will see, all the requisite pieces to do that are in there, and in spades. It’s everything the common Pro Touring Camaro would be but in a different body, one that is out of the ordinary. Ryan lives down in that incendiary pocket of rod building commotion puddled at the very bottom of California. Those cats have their own way of doing stuff and routinely make the pages of buff books like CHP to prove it. 

            Whatever the motives behind the Raider, what you see is a lot less than you get. This A-body seethes with high tech and high expectation. Every bit of equipment is out-first, leading-edge stuff, from chassis to drivetrain, and the emphasis is on the entire build not just the stuff that makes you go around corners fast or brake like hell was coming down around you.

            With a plan baking his brain, Ryan sought the counsel of old hands and the experience at Randy Clark’s Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido. Here’s what they came up with. Let’s throw out all the original stuff, including the chassis, and then whittle on the body some, smooth it down, making for a better visual. Then, we’ll blend the latest LS engine combo, mit compressor, a six-gear manual transmission, the latest hi-jinx suspension bits, and give it more brake than necessary; you get the idea. So long as you’re going for it, go all the way the first time."

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