It wasn't supposed to turn out this way; it just did. When Jeff Skelton first teamed up with hot-rod builder Jason Pecikonis of Camarillo, California's Timeless Kustoms, Jeff needed help modifying his '67 Camaro into a killer street car. The to-do list called for an Art Morrison C5 chassis, a supercharged Nelson Racing 418-inch LS-series aluminum small-block, a full 'cage, and 1,000 hp on tap. But since Jeff's an anxious sort, he desperately needed another ride to hold him over while his Camaro received so much meticulous attention. So he casually mentioned to Jason that he'd like to find a moderately restored Malibu that he could drive in the meantime for local cruise-nights with his family. He didn't so much care about the year or the color of the car; it just had to be a serviceable Chevrolet musclecar.
It wasn't long before Jason ran across a clean '64 Malibu SS. It had a decent body and the original interior, and only needed a new motor. Jeff liked the deal and he and Jason set a schedule to perform a quick cleanup on the Malibu and install a new powerplant. Only a few weeks later Jason found a twin-turbocharged small-block. It made gobs of power (615 horses to be exact), was reasonably priced, and was ready to run. The scheme grabbed Jeff's attention when he realized how cool it would be to have two hairdryers under the hood of his '64 Malibu.
The following weekend, the guys lowered the turbocharged, fuel-injected 355 into the Malibu's engine bay and Jason began hand-fabricating the endless miles of plumbing in the engine compartment. Since Jeff wanted to be sure that the car retained its factory silhouette, a tremendous amount of work was spent to keep the turbo system and intercooler below the factory hoodline. Up front, Jason made a custom air-to-air intercooler that mounted nicely behind the stock grille. With so much wow-factor under the hood, it was only fitting to dress up the Malibu exterior with the right wheels and and bitchin' stance. The result is a complete Air Ride Technologies bag system with a set of Billet Specialties wheels wrapped in Continental tires.
In less than a year, the entire '64 Malibu project sprang from concept to reality. Meanwhile, Jeff and Jason are still busy hustling to finish the '67 Camaro; Jeff's having a blast driving his turbo'd '64 Malibu. The one time we could slow Jeff down enough, he explained that he especially loves firing the motor up, listening to the throaty exhaust, and rowing the gears away from a stop. And to think, this is just the precursor to more good things to come.
Those big hairdryers are dual Ray Jay T4s custom-plumbed by Jason Pecikonis of Timeless Kustoms in Camarillo, California, to work with a massive air-to-air intercooler. The fuel-injection setup is an ACCEL Gen VI DFI unit with 42-psi injectors. The system mounts to an ACCEL Stealth Ram manifold. SoCal turbo specialists Nelson Racing Engines performed all of the machine work and assembled the brutal 355-inch engine seen here. Power levels exceed 600 horses-and that's at just 5 psi of boost. The cylinder heads are Edelbrock Victor Jr. items with Crane roller rockers mounted above. Jeff selected a T56 six-speed because it offers a wide variety of gear choices, ranging from a 2.66:1 First gear to a 0.50:1 Sixth. A B&M shifter, a Centerforce clutch assembly, and a '96 Camaro hydraulic clutch actuation system provide easy shifting.
Not wanting to deviate from the factory lines, the exterior is mostly stock, and weeks were spent massaging the Malibu's outer sheetmetal prior to spraying liberal coats of the two-stage Viper Red.
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Fitting the massive 20x10.5-inch Billet Specialties wheels with P305/25R20 Continental rubber required a reverse mini-tub. Up front is a pair of 18x7 Billet Specialties wheels wrapped with P235/35R18 Continentals. The monster brake system is an off-the-shelf Baer Track kit that features 13 inch-rotors with a Wilwood master cylinder.
The interior of Jeff's Malibu wears new vinyl and suede courtesy of Custom Interiors in Camarillo, California. The instruments are housed in a Covan insert, and the steering wheel is a Billet Specialties Vintec. Behind the dash, a Painless Wiring 18-circuit system supplies current to the instruments and accessories.
The Malibu rests on a complete Air Ride Technologies system, featuring bags, cups, and external shock mounts holding a set of KYB gas shocks. Other suspension items include a Hellwig 111/44-inch front sway bar and a 71/48-inch rear bar. The rearend is the standard Malibu 8.2-inch 10-bolt that utilizes a 3.36 gearset with an Auburn posi unit. The trans tunnel was fabricated to accept the larger T56 six-speed gearbox.