Feature Article, Street Rods, Washington — May 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Brian Hurlow (issue 96)

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By Steve Heeb

When Brian Hurlow of Lakewood, Wash., took his ’73 Corvette to Premium Motors in Tacoma, he intended to trade it in for a white ’65 Pontiac GTO with a red interior.

“I like that body style,” Brian says of the sleek shape of the musclecars that rolled off the General Motors line during the mid-’60s. “When I was a kid my dream car had been a ’65 GTO.”

Brian’s very first car had been a ’59 Chevy Impala and he drove a ’68 GTO during his time at Lakes High School.

But it would be a different GM musclecar that would sway the deal with the Corvette and the GTO three years ago.

“A buddy saw this ’67 Chevelle and pointed it out to me,” Brian says. “I told the dealership to put my money on that instead. It was not straight across by any means.”

He did get the sleek black Super Sport Chevelle, but says the GTO also was sold within a few days later.

The Chevelle then was turned over to Steven Sada to work his mechanical magic.

“We took it one step at a time,” Steven says of the project that included suspension, adding sway bars, headers and exhaust, Mallory electric ignition, and upgrading to four-piston calipers up front.

“Steven has done all the work on it,” Brian says.

The end result is a very show-worthy Chevelle that is as mean as it looks.

The Chevelle’s 396-cid engine gulps air in through a Holley carburetor and out through headers and 3-inch stainless exhaust. There’s a March Billet serpentine kit at the front of the engine and a four-speed tranny mounted at the back. The power train feeds back to a DTS 12-bolt rearend while generating 375 horsepower for when Brian is ready to go. The four-wheel disc brakes come in handy when he wants to stop.

“This one is fun to go out and get on it a little bit,” Brian smiles. “I drive it in nice weather around Lakewood and Point Defiance.”

He says he also has taken the Chevelle to a few local car shows including the Breast Cancer car show in Gig Harbor, and others in Fircrest, Graham and Fort Steilacoom.

Until this year, Brian had not participated in the car show segment of Bremerton Raceway’s All Chevy Drags.

He’s certainly happy he managed to keep the date open this year, as his sharp Chevelle took home Best of Show honors.

Plans already are in the works to beef up Brian’s Chevelle even more.

“We’re looking to put in some big-inch aluminum heads and upgrade the transmission to a five-speed box,” Steven says.

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