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Raybestos Brake & Chassis 64 GTO-R Build

Photos & Article By: Chadly Johnson

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Chicago area based shop Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (HRC&C) is causing a major stir in the traditional hot rodding community with their rods built to perform beyond their flawless show car good looks.  When a completed project rolls out of HRC&C it is guaranteed to have a gorgeous and timeless appearance that ranks with the best in the industry, along with ground pounding performance.  For these reasons when Raybestos Brake & Chassis decided to have a one-of-a-kind version of the iconic 64 GTO built as a give-away car, they turned to the talented crew at HRC&C.

 The give-away car now known as the Raybestos Brake & Chassis GTO-R goes well beyond your typical build in both looks and especially performance as the GTO-R is not a show car, but a fully functional SCCA Solo race car in a 60s show car skin.  The original chassis was cast aside as the GTO-R transformed into performance mode with a full unibody race chassis.  As you can see the 12 point roll cage is tied beautifully into the sleek chassis making for great looks and the ultimate in safety.  The quality of the welds and fabrication work on the GTO-R are nothing shy of flawless.  Heavy use of drilled panels, braces, and functional components give the 64 sinister race styling.  Front suspension duties are handled by double tubular A arms along with components of HRC&C design while a massive triangulated four link of the shops design handles the bumps out back.  Tire shredding power is delivered by a GM Performance 700 hp LS-X 454 race engine topped off with a Hilborn stack injection.  Backing up the big block and delivering neck cracking gear changes is a Tremec Magnum T-56 six speed manual transmission.  Spent fuel is exhausted thru HRC&C designed and built, equal length headers linked to a full on NASCAR exhaust system.  The crazy looking rear end is straight out of a race junkie’s wildest dream, and consists of a combination of Moser Engineering and HRC&C designed components.  Putting the power to the pavement is accomplished by the wide foot print of America Racing 17x9 & 17x11 inch rims wrapped in Nitto brand 275 & 305 performance tires.  Stopping duties are of course provided by the best in the business in the form of a Raybestos NASCAR short track and road course set-up. Gas doors were installed in each of the rear quarters and are reminiscent of the infamous Pontiac Grey Ghost race car.

 The 64 heads for paint and finishing in the next few weeks and will be debuted at the Power Tour.  One extremely lucky winner will be handed the keys to the Raybestos GTO-R this summer.  One thing is for certain, this GTO is built like no other, and when the new owner mashes the throttle, it will deliver the good…good luck everyone.

Enter for a chance to win starting June 15th, 2011 and find more build info at
www.raybestosgarage.com. You can also find Raybestos Brake & Chassis at

www.facebook.com/raybestosbrakes,
www.twitter.com/raybestosbrakes,
www.youtube.com/raybestosbrakes, and www.flickr.com/raybestos

Raybestos Brake & Chassis GTO-R Build By Kevin Tully, and Chad Hill of Hot Rod Chassis and Cycle


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Zero to 180mph, backwards
One of my favorite parts of the car is this speedometer from Stewart Warner. Notice it goes from a 4 o'clock location to an 8 o'clock location, rather than the other way around.

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This view is of the rear suspension before the floor was completed. You are looking back at it from the drivers position.

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On a dime and gives you change
The Raybestos GTO-R is equipped with Raybestos NASCAR Short Track & Road Course braking package. The calipers are actually larger than the spindle! They'll stop on a dime and give you change.

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Here's the fuel filler on the drivers side.

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Everyone seems to like the re-issue of the classic American Racing 200's we chose for this build. I think they look cool, and just say "Race".

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Looking up from just below the drivers side rocker panel, we can see the HRCC Fabricated NASCAR exhaust, the middle of the chassis, as well as bracing and the underside of the new floor panels.

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Suspended
A view of our suspension brackets, as well as the Moser Axle, and RideTech coil over shock.

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This view is looking in from the drivers side sill. The exposed roll cage, as well as some of the bracing under the car can be seen, along with the beginning of the floor pans.

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No Passengers
Hahaha. Nobody will ever ride in the back seat of this car again. The cage and suspension takes up that area now. Safety and speed.

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The drivers side of the cockpit. Looking forward from the open drivers door. The custom gauge panel and hot rod steering wheel can be seen, along with the Hilborn Stack injection peaking over the cowl.

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