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The car was shipped straight to Xtreme Restorations in Slatersville, Rhode Island. The shop had done the work on Goldstein’s ’66 and ’67, so he was comfortable handing over the ’65. But once the shop’s crew started digging into the car, they quickly realized that very little of the existing machine was useable. At that point, the decision was made to take everything apart and start from scratch.

The chassis was the first component they focused on, since it was going to be the foundation for all of the modifications. The original frame was junked; in its place went a modified Art Morrison chassis. The X-member was moved back a full two inches to allow for Goldstein’s much-desired leg room, and the rear section of the frame was strengthened to minimize lateral movement. Fifth-generation suspension components with adjustable QA1 coil-overs were installed at each corner. An adjustable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering unit was also fitted.

The donor car’s anemic rolling stock was ditched in favor of wider, taller wheels with modern, low-profile rubber. Goldstein chose a set of custom retro-looking alloys from Schott Wheels wrapped with Michelin Sport Pilot 2 tires. In front, 8 × 17-inch wheels mount 275/40ZR17s; the massive 12 × 18-inch rear wheels are wrapped with 335/35ZR18s. Stock C5 Corvette brakes were fitted at all four corners, paired with a Bosch Hydro-booster and master cylinder.

In terms of propulsion, Goldstein didn’t want a ludicrous amount of horsepower; he wanted a modern small-block V8 with good performance. A stock, 400-horsepower LS2 was selected, and paired with a 4L60E automatic transmission, while a C5-spec Dana 44HD was tasked with transfering the twist. To improve the exhuast note, Street & Performance headers were fitted in conjunction with a custom-fabricated exhaust system featuring a transverse-mounted Flowmaster muffler. The factory outlets in the rear valance were retained, proving big enough for the 2.5-inch exhaust tips.

To keep the engine cool, Xtreme Restorations bolted on a four-core aluminum radiator with dual electric pusher fans from Northern Radiator. Goldstein opted to have the stock gas tank replaced with a Rick’s Hot Rod Shop stainless-steel unit featuring an internal fuel pump.

While the underpinnings of the car were being put together, the crew started working on the body. As a result of the butcher job that had been performed by the previous shop, they ended up having to replace most of the fiberglass panels. Though Goldstein wanted to keep the ’65 body as stock as possible to maintain the distinctive mid-year lines, sliding those massive Michelins into the rear wheel wells meant that some massaging was needed. Tubbing the car wasn’t desirable, so the rear fenders were widened instead. Since the rear panels were being replaced, Goldstein decided to add an additional pair of taillights. This was his way of paying homage to Bill Mitchell’s Corvette concept cars. Once the new panels were installed, the shop spent countless hours massaging them to improve the fit and finish. They sharpened all the body lines and made sure that every door and hood gap was even. After the body prep was completed, a number of layers of PPG black were laid down; these were sealed in PPG urethane clear.

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