Affliction is a clothing company, not a problem with car owner Matt Hunt. The car is a publicity machine, plain and simple. It was built by Matt to attract attention and advertise a clothing company with the same name.
In the past decade, reaching a youth automotive market meant building an import car. Matt was an innovator with Supra parts, building one of the first 1,000hp street cars back in the '90s. He was also the first guy to put a full-body Supra in the 10s when the Battle of the Imports programs were raging. As times changed, Matt became involved with a television show as a subcontractor and noticed that as the import scene faded, the American muscle-car culture was as strong as ever. Through the television deal, he met an enthusiast who contracted him to build street machines for members of the NFL and rich guys overseas. In the last 10 years, Matt's company evolved from Under Pressure, an import builder, to Matt Hunt Muscle Cars (MHMC).
This '66 Chevelle is his latest project, contracted by Eric Foss at Affliction Clothing. The vision came together when John Moss (an artist for Affliction), Matt, and Eric looked to Top Fuel, early Winston Cup cars, street machines, and even movies like Mad Max and Deathproof for inspiration. The car is a mix of all the mediums. "I wanted the car to be a magnet," Matt says. "I wanted guys to crawl all over it to see what I did."
Starting as an average '66 Malibu with a 307 and an automatic, Matt and the crew at MHMC in Westminster, California, put the car together in less than a year. The plan was hatched to take the car on the circuit including marketing events and trade shows, track days at Streets of Willow, and local car shows like Donut Derelicts in Huntington Beach, California, where we first saw the car. If you want to see this car in person, check it out at the '13 SEMA show in Vegas or Google "Affliction Chevelle and Matt Hunt Muscle Cars" to see where the car will be next. This one will catch your eye.
Who: Matt Hunt
What: 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
Where: Westminster, CA
Engine: The engine is a 383 stroked small-block with a Scat crank, Manley rods, and JE 9.0:1 forged pistons, built by Team C Performance in Bellflower, CA. With the blower, it makes 680 hp and 720 lb-ft with 10 pounds of boost. The cylinder heads are Edelbrock Victor Jr. with a bit of port work and matching to the blower manifold. The tubes feed a NOS fogger plate but no one has opened the bottle to see what it will do. "We are waiting for a program for the nitrous," Matt says. All the aluminum bits were fabricated by Matt, including the bug catcher, brackets, and fan shroud. You can hear it through a 3-inch system from Ace Muffler with MagnaFlow mufflers and sometimes a set of electric cutouts.
Controls: The engine uses Holley's HP EFI with twin throttle-bodies and 86-pound injectors. The original tune came from Holley's Thomas Kise and was "very close" out of the box. WOT was tweaked by Steve at Powertrain Dynamics. Spark is controlled with an MSD 6AL box.
Extras: On the passengers side, there is a Moon Eyes catch can for oil control. The lines run from each valve cover to the tank, then down into the exhaust at a 45-degree angle to create a vacuum in the catch can to relieve pressure in the crankcase. The catch can bolted to the driver side is also from Moon Eyes and handles radiator overflow.
Brakes: The Chevelle uses a disc-brake kit from Wilwood that comes with rotors, calipers, hardware, lines, and, in this case, a manual master cylinder. Front and rear uses a Forged Dynalite kit with four-piston calipers and 11-inch discs.
Transmission: The TH350 was built by Ruben Delgato, an off-road guy who will assemble street transmissions if asked. The shifter is a B&M Pro Ratchet.
Rearend: In the back is a 12-bolt put together by Diff Works in Perris, CA. They added 31-spline axles and an Eaton limited-slip with 3.73:1 gears.
Interior: There isn't a bunch of carpet or fluff, just a lot of aluminum built by Matt and the gang at MHMC. The seat inserts were built by the guys at Affliction, and the steering wheel is for a NASCAR stock car built by Sparco. The steering column is from Flaming River, the pedals are from Lokar, and the gauges are from Auto Meter. The pinstriping is by Hot Dog (like the food). "In the pinstriping world, everyone knows who he is," Matt says.
The Trunk: "When I was thinking about people looking at this car, I wanted them to start all over again when I opened the trunk," Matt says. "I wasn't going for good fuel-system design, I wanted overkill." On the driver side is the nitrous fuel system with the red regulator. On the passenger side is the system for the EFI. Both systems have two filters each. The tank was an aluminum box for a marine application. Matt added the fittings and bungs to make it work on the street. The gas filler uses -20 AN fittings from Earls and connects to a Moon Eyes filler cap mounted on the sail panel. The rivets and the sheetmetal work were all performed by Matt. Makes you look, huh?
Wheels/Tires: The wheels are 17x8 and 17x10, D10sfrom Bogart Racing with 265/50ZR-17 Kumho and 215/50ZR-17 Sumitomo tires for the street. For drag racing and photo shoots, it had a set of 15x11s and 28x12.5R15 ET Street Radial tires with a bead lock.
Suspension: In the front are a pair of Chassisworks' VariShock double-adjustable coilover shocks with Hotchkis control arms. The front spring perch was cut to mount the coilovers. In the rear is a set of VariShock coilovers with billet upper and lower control arms.
Body: The car was media-blasted to bare metal and left that way for the build. The lower patches on the quarter-panel were rough-welded on so the car would have a certain look. The character of nicks and dings from use were left for effect. The paint is a metal patina that was created by acid- washing the car and staining it as you would furniture. You wipe the stain on and wipe it off; the more you use, the darker the car becomes. "We haven't counted the rivets. It was a good idea until the first panel was done and then we realized we had to do the rest of the car," Matt says. The lettering was added by Hot Dog. The deck wing is from Ed Quay Customs.
Thanks: Angel, Steve Riddout, John Moss, Ricky Veinot, Thomas Kise, Bill Tichenor, Mark Lewis, Rich Bogart, and Andrew.