Spectre Performance offers vehicle-specific high-airflow OE stock replacement filters designed and manufactured to provide a perfect fit and are available for a wide range of applications including many of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today. Spectre Performance replacement air filters are manufactured with a synthetic filter media that typically outflows the disposable paper filters that came with your car. In addition, Spectre Performance Stock Replacement air filters are built to last with a tough urethane frame and synthetic filter material that is reinforced with a steel mesh. The filter comes ready to install with the synthetic filter media already pre-oiled and ready for use.
Spectre Performance replacement air filters meet or exceed international standard for intake air filtration so don’t sacrifice engine protection to gain performance.
Spectre Performance designs and manufactures Clamp-On Air Filters to cover a wide range of air intakes, including diesel applications. Spectre Clamp-on Air Filters are a line of universal filters that come in a variety of sizes, heights, and colors to fit your specific application. Spectre Performance Clamp-on Air Filters are engineered for increased flow and greater performance. This includes filters to replace more costly filters that may be on your vehicle right now.
Spectre Performance offers many different styles of clamp-on conical air filters with flange openings ranging from 2.5 inches up to 6 inches, measured on the inside diameter. Spectre Performance clamp-on conical air filters are manufactured using high quality materials throughout including low-restriction washable synthetic media, urethane, and steel mesh. Many filter sizes are available in your choice of red, blue, black or white colored filter media, to best match your vehicle or application.
To clean and freshen a Spectre Performance it’s advised to use a Spectre AccuCharge Air Filter Service Kit. The AccuCharge system features markings on the bottle for precise measuring and an easy-to-use squirt top for effortless and accurate application. The AccuCharge system comes complete with a 12 oz. pump spray bottle of cleaner and an 8 oz. bottle of specially-formulated filter oil with absolutely no petroleum products or animal fats.
When you think of good engine breathing you’re normally considering intake systems. However, efficient crankcase breathing is an equally important function of any engine. If an engine’s breathing system is blocked or restricted, the crankcase pressure will find a way to equalize in any number of ways including out through weak seals, the oil dip stick tube, or past the oil rings. While all that’s going on, impurities like water vapor and acids created through the combustion process will build up and cause sludge, which in turn increases engine wear.
For most engines the standard emissions control system will manage this chore, but in aggressive street motors as well as those built for motorsports applications, increased crankcase ventilation must be added. These highly-tuned engines with higher compression ratios, higher oil pressures and higher maximum revs demand improved crankcase ventilation, not to mention that aggressive motorsports cam grinds reduce the amount of vacuum available to relieve the pressure inside the crankcase.
To help vent the crankcase without causing any of the problems mentioned, Spectre Performance offers a line of breather filters to clamp directly to metal or plastic tubing, making them ideal for filtering the air going in and out of not just your engine’s crankcase, but also for use on transmission and differential vents as well. Spectre Performance breathers come with air filter media, or screen mesh and are made with a pre-dyed synthetic media for lasting color.
Note: Breather/Crankcase Vent filters are legal in California only for racing vehicles which may never be used, registered, or licensed for use upon a highway. See spectreperformance.com for CARB status on each part for a specific vehicle.
Spectre brand loyalist, Jason Luebcke, along with wife, Kay, daughter, Victoria, and son, Tyler, make up Hang Time Racing. They are a family owned race team that enjoys autocrossing, road course events, car shows, and cruises all around the Midwest.
During the long wait and winter for the car, Spectre’s “Hang Time Racing” team had amassed quite the collection of parts that would slowly and methodically find their way on the car. Within hours of making the trip to the house, the changes began. They would pull the fuse for the exhaust so it was always open, cause that’s the best way. Then they changed the oil and would begin the break in plan. Jason would drive it hard and fast and continue to do so until it was time to change oil and go racing. Though most of the car remains stock, the changes and parts swapped were all done for both aesthetics and performance increases.
To maximize handling Jason stayed with the factory GM struts, arms, and rods, but added BMR front springs offering a slightly stiffer rate with a 1.2-inch drop in height. In the rear he added the BMR springs with a 1-inch drop and Pedders 32mm rear sway bar.
Most of the body panels are covered in Xpel Ultimate self-healing paint protection film. The fender emblems were removed and a custom 1/LE logo on trunk lid was added. A front splitter is mounted under the factory splitter is a NASCAR Sprint Cup series component from Roush Yates racing, made of Tegris and functional for additional down force. An adjustable Z/28 rear spoiler and wickerbill were added to the rear. Front wheel flares from a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 add additional aero around the tires. To keep the brakes cool, brake ducts from 5star race bodies with full 3-inch NASCAR hoses were added.
What began as just an autocross car has now grown into not just racing at multiple events, but driving to and from those events and enjoying every moment. They’ve had the honor of being selected to display Bama at Goodguys Columbus and the O’reilly Auto Parts Midwest convention. The Hang Time Racing Team’s Bama has also been featured and talked about in both Super Chevy Magazine and Chevy High Performance magazine. In fact, the engine compartment has been featured on Chevrolet’s The Block website, along with being chosen as a top LS engine pick from Holley’s LS Fest.
Everyone at Spectre Performance looks forward to seeing what this incredible racing family comes up with next. They say the family that plays together, stays together. And it looks like this family will be hanging in for the fun of it.
In all seriousness Spectre Performance Driver Cliff Elliott’s 2016 Ford Mustang GTPP, affectionately referred to as Code_Blu is a force out on the course. Whether he’s behind the wheel attacking the autocross, pulling out all the stops on the Texas Mile reaching speeds of 170 mph and more, or stopping Code_blu on a dime in the Speed Stop Challenge putting his Brembo 6 piston calipers with Girodisc 15” rotors to the test on his meaty BFGoodrich Rival S tires that feature 315s up front with 335s out back! This combination is made for the track!
And so began the metamorphosis and birth of Code_blu. He started where every racer starts, with the engine and drivetrain. Cliff took a 2016 Ford 5.2L Voodoo engine with aluminum block and fully customized, balanced, blueprinted, polished, and lightly ported this bad boy to lay down some serious power to the tune of 600 hp and 465 lb ft torque. Then he added a crank balanced by Nickens Brothers. Using the OEM heads and cam with 14mm lift and 270 duration he maintained the Ford Voodoo spec for the conventional Coyote firing order. He upgraded to a billet oil pump and gears along with a billet crankshaft gear. A Getrag MT82 transmission get’s all that mind bending horsepower to the wheels. He maintained the OEM driveshaft and rearend but did upgrade the headers to 1-7/8" longtube versions and added a 3-inch MBRP Custom exhaust. Did we mention that he did all of the mod assembly himself in his home garage?
You’re probably wondering if all the off-season modifications and effort were worth it. And the answer is a resounding YES. In fact you might even wonder how the GTPP stacks up against the Shelby GT350R that Elliott had ordered initially. Well, according to Elliott, Bloo_Doo, the Shelby GT350R, is a great looking car but doesn’t hold a candle to Code_blu.
Looks like Spectre driver, Cliff Elliott and his heart pounding Code_blu are on course to have an incredible 2017 race season. Congratulations Cliff on a great start and being such a great ambassador for Spectre Performance.
After a few minutes chatting with Brian you are immediately engaged. He’s witty, charismatic, down to earth, has passion for life and incredible energy. Just take a look at what this young man has accomplished in ten short years —
Co-Owner and founder of the American Street Car Series
Cast Member on PowerNation, R U Faster Than a Redneck, and featured on multiple shows
Featured in Chevy High Performance, Hot Rod, Camaro Performers, and Popular Hot Rodding
Champion autocrosser, road racer, and Baja 1000 competitor
Finch and his team had another great year with continued success in the Spectre 1971 Camaro. Here are some of the 2016 Race Season highlights:
Summit Racing Motorama Autocross, set fastest time of the event;
Nashville Goodguys, Street Machine Champion and second fastest time of the event;
USCA National Corvette Museum Event, Overall GTV champion (second year in a row) Road Course winner, Speed Stop winner, 2nd Place on Autocross, OUSCI invite;
NSRA Springfield, Fastest Autocross time of the event.
Cruisin the Coast Biloxi, with the Top 3 fastest autocross times of the event in 3 different cars (Finch Performance C5 – Spectre-sponsored 1971 Camaro – and Tyler Powell’s 1963 Grand Sport in that order);
At this year’s Baja 1000 race, BFGoodrich had 2 team vehicles entered. Brian and his team were tasked with using the race to test a new tire that will be launching in 2018. Before BFG can stamp Baja Champion on the tire they first must win the race on that tire and having 2 BFG cars in the class of 11 entries increased those odds. The team mission was a 1-2 finish and that is exactly what they delivered. It was not without challenges, but they were not mechanical nor course related issues. Sadly they were plagued with over half of the two BFG race teams coming down with a very bad intestinal virus the morning of the race. Several drivers had to exit the car early, stop to expel fluids on the side of the race course or even not get into the vehicle at all. This required some quick adjustments to the driver assignments but in the end they made it through. Both teams were neck and neck up to the last pit stop when Brian’s team found a torn CV boot on his car that had to be changed. The 45 min swap took he and his team out of contention for the win, but they had enough of a gap over the 3rd place car to stay in 2nd place. Brian was driving the last leg of the race this year so he enjoyed that great moment of crossing the finish line.
The Baja 1000 and off road desert racing in general has quickly become his favorite type racing. Kyle Tucker, of Detroit Speed and Engineering, and Brian are in the throes of building a trophy truck team to compete in the 50th running of the Baja 1000 with BFGoodrich which will be a major bucket list item for them both. “The race is not just about who can go fast but is about who can go fast and get the car a thousand miles to the finish line”, said Brian.
Brian will continue this year with his on track “Share the Ride” program that he started with his American Street Car events and with the BFG “Are You Driver Enough” tour that allows for their dealers to come and experience the new product offerings. As one of the programs lead spokespersons, Brian provides instruction both in the classroom and on the track offering the driver an opportunity to safely drive as hard as they want to!
Voelkel says he didn’t grow up with a passion for hot rods. In fact, no one in his family even liked cars when he was a kid. Enter the teen years and that all changed. This marching band tuba player is a first generation hot rodder and says that he and a few friends developed a need for speed while in high school because it was “cool”. Today, RideTech employs over 50 people and Voelkel attributes his success to hard work and a lot of help along the way.
Now in their 21st year, RideTech continues to design and manufacture shocks and suspension systems for a variety of vehicles including hot rods, muscle cars, Corvettes, and OEM/defense projects. All RideTech products are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA. Forward thinking and a common sense business model employed by hot rod owners seems to be their recipe for success.
Instrumental in the creation of the Goodguys autocross back in 2008 you can see he is pretty proud of that success. It certainly helps to allow for he and his friends to get out and slay some tires and the occasional cone or two. In the beginning, he was the fastest guy there. But now, the people who finish ahead of him happen to be his customers. He provides fellow competitors with advice and the suspension components they need to create a successful autocross car. For Bret Voelkel, autocrossing is not just a passion, it’s his job and that’s really cool. While Voelkel has his choice of competition cars, it seems he prefers the styling and feel of his 1969 Mustang and maybe even his new C7 Corvette that he seems to be killing it in.
RideTech’s plans don’t seem to be slowing down in any way, shape or form. After the incredible success of the build of the 48 Hour Camaro back in May 2011, and the 48 Hour Corvette, in 2015, they are at it again in an even bigger way. The crew from RideTech are heading to the Barrett-Jackson Auction at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they will build out an existing 1968 GMC C10 truck over the duration of the auction and transform it into a complete, upgraded version to send over to the auction block for sale on the final day! The RideTech 48 Hour build will be part of the new Barrett-Jackson Do-It-Yourself Pavilion, where select automotive companies will provide hands on demonstrations and exhibitions on a variety of projects being conducted in real time. They are starting the year off with a bang.
Spectre Performance is honored to be in partnership with Bret Voelkel and RideTech. Their dedication to the consumer, commitment to performance, and simply being leaders in the automotive industry at the forefront of technology speaks volumes. Congratulations to you Bret Voelkel on your 2016 race season. We look forward to watching your continued success as it unfolds in 2017.
These Spectre vehicle specific cold air intake kits are an easy way to add performance to your stock late model car or truck, hot rod or classic muscle car. Designed to be a direct fit bolt-on replacement to the stock intake system, installation can be quick and easy. Manufactured from high quality polished aluminum tubing, each system is designed to give you an added increase in performance by routing the intake inlet away from heat sources like the radiator and headers. Powdercoated heat shields, where applicable, can also help prevent hot air from entering the intake inlet. Available with Spectre HPR air filters engineered for increased flow for greater performance. Find vehicle specific air intake systems using our vehicle search tool.
However, one area left for the installer to develop his own solution is the air intake system. For this reason Spectre has designed LS engine intake systems for certain model years of the Chevrolet Biscayne, Caprice, Camaro, Chevelle, Impala, Nova, and C/K pickup. These LS-specific air intake systems are available in several different configurations, taking into account the model, engine, and mass airflow sensor configuration. In addition, each air intake features one or more heat shields to keep hot underhood air from contaminating the cool intake flow.
Spectre offers several different styles of air boxes and inline air filter housings to meet your specific air induction needs. These air boxes offer an enclosed housing for the air filter that is designed to help block engine heat.
Spectre also offers 14-inch snorkel low-profile air boxes that feature high quality polished aluminum and are available in three different styles: a single 10-inch by 2.4-inch oval opening, dual openings set at 90 degrees, and another with dual openings set at 180 degrees, both with 8-inch by 2.4-inch oval openings, providing better airflow than a filter housing with two four-inch round inlets.
Spectre offers inline air boxes with three sizes: three-inch inlet with a four-inch outside diameter, four-inch inlet with a five-inch outside diameter, and five-inch inlet with a six-inch outside diameter. These housings have a polished aluminum finish and come with a high flow inline cone air filter.
Each of the air box assemblies feature a Spectre HPR washable and reusable air filter. Manufactured using high quality materials throughout including washable synthetic media, so you shouldn’t ever need to purchase another disposable paper filter for your car, truck, or SUV.
Spectre offers a vast range of intake components for custom car and truck builders to facilitate the construction of a unique designed cold air intake system. Available products range from air ducting components in three-inch and four-inch diameters, aluminum tubes in 2.5” to 5” diameters, a wide range of mounting brackets and mounting plates, couplers and reducers, clamps, air inlet funnels, including ones that replace headlamps, velocity stacks, single and dual plenums, and components for mounting and wiring mass air flow sensors. Virtually everything a builder would require to install a custom cold air intake system.
It is not uncommon for Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts to get a hold of a first generation Camaro and swap the original engine out for a more powerful General Motors LS engine. Spectre is now offering the Spectre 900235 air intake kit to boost the horsepower, acceleration, throttle response, and torque of the engine and is ideal for those who want to swap in a modern LS engine for the original factory engine of a 1967 through 1969 Camaro.
All four filters are washable and reusable and have a tapered conical shape. They feature a non-woven synthetic media with a urethane frame and reinforced steel mesh. The non-woven synthetic material is pre-oiled in the factory so it is ready to use straight out of the box.
The air intake system is designed to fit into the first generation Camaro’s engine bay and fender area when using the LS engine and blade style mass airflow sensor. The system places the air filter on the passenger side of the engine compartment and includes a heat shield that blocks hot air from the engine from entering the intake. It is designed to use the existing vehicle mounting points and can be installed using common hand tools.
The Spectre 900235 air intake kit fits the following vehicles:
1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO 427 V8 CARB - All Models
Tre 5 Customs, out of Peoria, Arizona, is not a big name yet, but expect big things out of this small-scale builder - just a two-person 2700-square foot shop. And don’t bother to ask what Tre 5 means, as owner Jeremy Rice won’t tell you. In fact, he’s not even told his wife.
While Jeremy started out in the world of mini trucks years ago, he's been working on full-size trucks and customs starting about 2.5 years ago, adding his right hand Hector Garcia about two years ago.
The C10 you see here was built for Mike Baldwin, of Dallas, Texas. It’s the fourth vehicle Jeremy has built for Mike over the last year, so clearly he has good reason to keep coming back.
The metamorphosis began with the engine, a 5.3L LM7 Vortec 5300. While based on the famous LT1, it was developed as a truck engine, so there are several advantages for this application. The biggest shortcoming of the engine though is the incredibly mild cam, so after the engine was completely cleaned, machined, and refitted with several pages of new parts, it received a more aggressive cam along with upgraded rockers, springs, and pushrods more up to the task. LS3 injectors were swapped in to provide a higher volume of fuel flow. Topping the engine is a Pro Products intake manifold fitting to the stock throttle body.
Little remains of the original frame with the exception of the rails forward of the cab. At the rear is a Choppin’ Block rear back half kit, new framerails from the cab rearward, and the rear body mount. The rear axle is mounted via a triangulated four-link system, with air bags mounted on the link bars. Cleverly, components are kept inboard, to allow for up to 12" wide wheels.
Replacing the front crossmember and pretty much everything attached to it is a Choppin’ Block front crossmember system, designed with improved suspension geometry. The tubular double a arm system narrows the front track width by about 2.5" per side and moves the wheels one inch forward from the original location.
With all the mechanical work behind us, we can turn our attention to the interior, which is both subtle and sophisticated in its detailing. Seats are from TMI, their Sport Pro-Classic split bench seats, covered in brown ultrasuede (not unlike the material used by Ferrari) with textured insets in the seats and on the door panels. Sound comes courtesy of a well-integrated Powerbass audio system. What was first hinted at under the hood is making more of an appearance in the interior – the secondary copper trim color Jeremy has selected. Check out the steering wheel and dash trim. Others might have been tempted to add more of the color to the interior – the pedals, the shift knob, the door handles, but Jeremy’s restraint in the limited use of copper makes it that much more appealing.
Frank continued the copper theme to the roof of the C10, as well as applied the gorgeous white to the rest of the body. The bed is African Sapele wood, often used in guitars, which was cut and fitted by Hector and Jeremy, then Frank covered it in “about a gallon” Vintage Flatz high gloss automotive clear coat to protect it.
The final pay off are the wheels. They’re from Intro Wheels, 8.5” wide in the front and 12” in the rear, 22” diameter all around, with the centers powder coated copper. The fascinating aspect to the wheels is that at first they appear to have a swirl design in the paint but as you draw closer you realize the design is actually the reflections the wheels are throwing back at you.
It’s that type of attention to detail and subtlety in their work that makes us think that Tre 5 will become an even bigger name in the world of customization than it is right now.
Whereas in the past, you’d pop the hood on a Mopar muscle car and be greeted by massive Hemi valve covers and a chromed air cleaner housing or a 440ci Six Pack with its oval air cleaner cover, it’s pretty staid under the hood of the Hellcat. With the exception of the supercharger much of what’s underhood is molded plastic, which doesn’t convey the brutal power that lurks underneath.
To demonstrate in person what a massive impact these covers can make on your car, Spectre developed a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat show car and displayed it at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The concept of the car is similar to that of the Spectre covers: minimum changes for maximum impact. For example, Eibach lowering springs instead of coilovers, a wrap by Frontier Graphics rather than custom paint, an aggressive Anderson hood, and Savini 20-inch wheels that complement the graphics.
Available from Spectre in Chrome include the following: 42826, a washer fluid reservoir cap; 42823, a radiator overflow cap cover; 42825, an oil cap cover; 42831, a dipstick handle cover; and 42821, an air box cover accent; and 42827 and 42837 fuse box covers (depending on year). In addition, there’s a three cover kit available, part number 42829. For Silver, Bronze, and Black, the part numbers are the same except that a suffix is added to identify the finish.
Furthermore, Spectre offers their covers in a wide variety of colors and finishes. You can choose from several finishes in the sleek Modern design line, available in a range of four colors: silver, chrome, black, and bronze.
And even though these upgrades make a big impact when you pop the hood, they make only a small impact on your wallet. Most of the products in the line have a suggested retail price of $19.99 and the most expensive part is only $69.99. It’s pretty unlikely that you’d be able to add that level of underhood interest for that kind of budget.
But wait, we haven’t forgot Ford and Chevy fans. Spectre Performance also offers a series of caps and covers in the same finishes and colors for recent model Camaros and Ford Mustangs
The Dodge and Chrysler line of Spectre under hood caps and covers is designed to fit the following vehicles:
2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2016 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2016 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2016 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2015 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2015 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2015 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2015 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2015 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2014 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2014 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2014 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2014 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2014 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2013 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2013 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2013 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2013 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2012 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2012 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2012 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2012 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2011 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2011 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All
2011 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All
2011 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All
Tre 5 Customs is a small, two man operation, Jeremy Rice and Hector Garcia, in the suburbs on Phoenix with cars like this Cadillac.
The selection of a 1965 Cadillac is inspired, all on its own. It’s the first year of the stacked front headlights, which allowed for a smaller, less ornate grille than previous models, and the tail fins were now just the horizontal line atop the back of the car, with no real reminder of the baroque fins of a decade earlier, like you find on the 1964. All that adds up to clean crisp lines, plenty of interior room, and a jumping off point for an original project. Unfortunately this particular 1965 required a ground-up rebuild that took six months.
Under the hood, for example, is a 5.3L GM LSX motor. No aluminum block or heads, no displacement pushed out to 7 liters. The motor is all cast-iron American torque needed to push this 2.25-ton behemoth down the road. There has been maintenance and upgrades, of course, like a more aggressive cam and pretty much every part that touches the cam, an LS-1 intake has been added, flowing through a Spectre 8138 conical filter. Headers are at the other end, pouring spent gases into a custom-fabricated three-inch system built in the shop by Hector and Jeremy moving out through a pair of Black Widow mufflers.
Underneath, the suspension has all been converted to air, starting with Choppin’ Block components. AccuAir controllers keep tabs on the system while VIAIR compressors provide the lift. Disc brakes are fitted all around. The rig rolls on 22" American Racing wheels.
The interior is most impressive. Gone is any hint of a bench seat, split or otherwise. In their place are four TMI bucket seats, turning the already massive interior into an even more comfortable spot for the three passengers. The steering wheel has been replaced by a unit more in keeping with the 21st century. There’s a center console that’s been custom fabricated that runs from the dash all the way to the rear bulkhead. The craftsman behind this piece is Steve from Definitive Audio who also created the custom door panels, converted the dash to Dakota Digital, and installed the stereo.
Paint was applied by the artist-next-door Frank Rechlin at IKandy Paintworks, who has been painting custom cars for 25 years, who must have sprayed industrial quantities of paint on the Cadillac to get a color that deep. One thing’s for sure, no one is going to mistake this for Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac.
The car was unveiled at the 2017 SEMA show and spent the whole week snapping necks. Almost nobody could walk by it without taking a picture or turning around to take the beauty in for an extended period of time. And just about everybody walked away from it with a grin from ear to ear. How can you not love a big, black Cadillac laid out in the Las Vegas sun?
Photos by Auto Revolution