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1965 Oldsmobile F-85 - What Once Was Olds Is Now New

Paul Mckee's Stealthy, 455, Six-Speed '65 F-85

Photography by Keith Kanak

If you're gonna run 19- and 20-inch wheels, then the Pro Touring fashion police insist that impressive discs be present to back 'em up. Paul understands this necessity and chose a Baer track system up front with 13-inch drilled rotors followed up with a 12-inch Touring version in the rear, both with twin-piston calipers.

While some muscle cars look cartoonish with tall 20-inch wheels, Paul makes the rotating package visually strong on the Olds mainly due to its low stance. The Olds also has a very narrow rear wheelwell, but Paul still managed to stuff a 20x8.5-inch Rushforth wheel with 4.25-inch backspacing to mount the 275/35R20 Falken FK 452 tires while opting for a slightly smaller 245/35R19-inch tire in front with a matching Rush-forth 19x8-inch wheel with a 6-inch backspacing.

This is where Paul saved a ton of time because the decades-old paint has survived surprisingly well in the Arizona desert heat--as has all of the brightwork.

Paul says the interior was in such good shape, all he had to do was add new door panels and front bucket seat covers. The detail work included fixing the vent system, adding the Alpine stereo, and damping the outside noises with Dynamat. An ididit tilt column allowed for a cruise control module, which makes those long highway miles a little easier to take.

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