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1961 Chevrolet Biscayne

Troy Trepanier and his dad Jack have done it again...

Photography by Miles Cook

Troy Trepanier and his dad Jack have done it again. Outdoing such outrageous cars as a Buick (CC, Aug. 1992) and a super-smooth 1967 Chevelle (CC, Nov. 1995), they’ve created "Bisquik"--an absolutely otherworldly 1961 Chevy Biscayne two-door sedan.

With the 21st century rapidly approaching, this car embodies everything we’d like to see in a street machine for the year 2000. Where to start? We can begin with the ultra-smooth and subtle graphics that, when combined with 1997 Acura PPG white and silver hues, give the car the perfect look. Moving on, there are tricks such as a fabricated dash Troy built that houses a complete set of Auto Meter gauges. We could go on and on with glowing descriptions of every last detail on the car, but the best way to see what we’re talking about is to study the photos carefully. Study how the 604-inch Trick Flow aluminum big-block fits perfectly underhood. Study how the 20-inch wheels and tires in the back tuck up under the Biscayne’s fenderwells as if they were made for the car. Study how the super-simple interior really drives home the old cliche that less is (and always will be) more.

Seeing this car being uncovered at Troy’s Manteno, Illinois, shop was like getting an instant education on the state of street machine art as it should be for 1997. Built almost entirely at Rad Rides by Troy, the car also represents what we believe to be the best marriage of name and body style that we’ve seen in many years. While "Bisquick" as a pancake and biscuit mix has been around for decades, remove the "c," and the word will now forever describe a true high point in custom street machine fabrication.

An important factor that makes Bisquik so unusual is the choice of body style. The unique roof overhang over the rear window is but one of several styling elements that make the car unlike anything else. Also unlike nearly anything else is its source of motivation--the 604-cube mill that really puts the "quik" in the name. Built using Trick Flow’s new Sonny Leonard-designed aluminum blocks, these monsters can incorporate up to 800 ci if desired. The block accepts big-block Chevy-pattern cylinder heads, and, in this case, a pair of Edelbrock Performer heads are the choice. Other internals include a forged-steel Trick Flow crank, Lunati rods, and Lunati pistons. With these elements paired up with the exact fuel-metering capabilities of a Street & Performance EFI system, an estimated 600-plus hp should be plenty "quik" indeed.

As might be expected, most people probably think Bisquik was built to be nothing but a show car that rolls around on a trailer. You’d be wrong, however, since the car has already been on the entire 1997 Hot Rod Power Tour from Los Angeles to Detroit. It was finished just in time for that trip, and it was also driven to California from Illinois for the tour. After all, how can a Biscayne be "quik" if all it does is sit on a trailer? CC

SOURCES
American Racing Equipment
19067 S. Reyes Ave.
Rancho Dominguez
CA  90221
8-00/-321-5489
Skyjacker
P.O. Box 1678
West Monroe
LA  71294
N/A
3-18/-388-0816
www.skyjacker.com
BFGoodrich
1 Parkway S.
P.O. Box 19001
Greenville
SC  29602-9001
865-458-5000
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