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1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible - Show Boat

This Bel Air Convertible Has A Secret Hiding In Plain Sight.

Gerry King commissioned Kustom Creations in suburban Detroit to build the slick '55 Chevy ragtop we're featuring here, but hold on. This car might not be exactly what it appears to be, especially if you don't know about Gerry, or about EMI-Experi-Metal Inc., the company where he serves as vice president of manufacturing.

While this would certainly appear to be an original '55 Chevy, and a remarkably straight and clean one at that, the truth is that except for the firewall panel and a few stainless trim pieces around the belt reveal, there are no parts from 1955 in this car. Actually, you probably have stuff in your sock drawer older than the assemblage of components shown here. This is a brand-new '55 Bel Air convertible, more or less, built from what EMI calls (out of respect for the legal and licensing issues) a restoration body. But ironically, EMI has done its work so well that, unless you ask, you would never know this is not an original '55. It's a secret, sort of, but it's hiding in plain sight.

While EMI's all-steel body is perfectly accurate and authentic, it can't really be called a replica or a reproduction because it is built up around an original Chevrolet cowl/firewall stamping. In that sense, this car represents one of the approximately 1.8 million Chevrolets built by GM in 1955. However, the rest of the sheetmetal is brand-spanking-new, tooled and pressed by EMI in its Sterling Heights, Michigan, facility. The company has been manufacturing replacement body panels for Tri-Five Chevys for years. From these components, EMI began constructing '57 convertible restoration bodies around two years ago. EMI recently added a '55 to the line, which is marketed through its network of wholesale distributors. Dozens of '57 shells have already been shipped, while demand for the '55 is expected to be equally strong. And if the need arises, EMI says it can certainly do a '56 drop-top as well.

Gerry had his red and black ragtop built because first, "I just always wanted to do a '55 like this, to be perfectly honest about it," he says. Next, it would serve as a see-and-touch demonstrator for the '55 restoration body shell. Third, this car would be a showcase for EMI's manufacturing capabilities in general. The company's core business is building prototype and short-run parts for the Detroit automakers-highly specialized stampings, castings, and other components. It's challenging and rewarding work, according to Gerry, but a little frustrating at times for the company's highly skilled employees. Since the work involves future products from the automakers, it must be kept totally confidential. "With our customer properties, we aren't allowed to talk about them," Gerry says. "This car gives us something to brag about. The guys who work here are all car guys. They have a tremendous passion for what they do. The car has become a focal point for us-something for everyone to rally around."

The craftsmen at EMI fabricated a number of the unique components for their '55 calling card, including the full-length center console (in steel) and interior trim, as well as the reshaped rear bumper and the CNC billet grille bar. However, the build was performed by Kustom Creations, also in Sterling Heights. Kustom Creations is a relatively new operation on the Detroit scene, but Harvey Ledesma and his partner, Don Roberts, have decades of experience building and caring for concept cars and other special vehicles for the automakers.

Meanwhile, the overall vision for the EMI Bel Air was supplied by Dave Ross of Busta Design. By day, Dave is manager, design styling, for GM Performance Division. Busta is Dave's moonlighting alter ego, his secret superhero identity if you will, designing hot rods on a freelance basis. With major input from Gerry, Busta performed the design renderings and followed through with the detail work that produced the finished result you see here.

Naturally, with a brand-new body you wouldn't expect this crew to roll a 50-year-old chassis underneath. Sure enough, the underside of the '55 is just as shiny and new as the top side. The Roadster Shop of Mundelein, Illinois, provided one of its complete jig-built chassis assemblies, which employs formed main rails designed to match the Tri-Five Chevy's original floor contours and body-mounting scheme. Vaguely resembling a stock frame but fabricated entirely from scratch, the fully boxed Roadster Shop setup uses Heidt's Superride suspension components front and rear, including Heidt's custom IRS system and power rack-and-pinion steering.

The trick chassis and fuel-injected LS1 drivetrain give the '55 a Pro Touring flavor, but with its flamboyant colors, full-length console, and other bold strokes, Busta's design theme recalls the mild Kustoms that populated the show car scene of the '50s and '60s-conservative in conception but wild in execution. Since the purpose of the project was to showcase EMI's body shell, the body mods have been kept to a minimum. The doors, decklid, and hood (except for the bird) have been shaved, but the stock side trim has been retained. Meanwhile, the tri-bar headlamps, CTS-V grille mesh, and Porsche mirrors bring some contemporary Euro elements into the mix. There's some serious genre-bending going on in this eclectic combination, but it all pulls together and works.

Unveiled at the '08 Detroit Autorama, the '55 won its class, then was sent out to fly the flag for EMI at car shows and other gatherings. In June the Bel Air was trailered (boo) out to Iowa to meet the HOT ROD Power Tour(r) in progress, but then it was driven (yay!) the rest of the way, including back to Sterling Heights from the Power Tour(r) finale in Madison, Wisconsin. So this Chevy is a full-on show car, and it's a for-real driver, too. But unfortunately for Gerry, the car's tour schedule has been so busy he's barely been allowed to drive it himself. He keeps penciling in weekends with his '55, only to have his hopes dashed when another appearance request comes along. He says, a bit wistfully, "I hope we get to spend some quality time soon."

Quick Inspection: '55 Chevrolet Bel Air Gerry King* Sterling Heights, MI

PowertrainEngine: In 1955, you had your choice between the 235ci Stove-bolt six and the brand-new 265ci V-8. This Bel Air is powered by an all-aluminum LS1 V-8 that originally powered a '98 Camaro. The com-pact serpentine drive that accommodates the power steering and A/C is Vintage Air's slick Front Runner system.

Power: GM rated the F-body version of the 346ci LS1 engine at 305 hp and 345 lb-ft. Since this one is stock except for its Sanderson shorty headers and has never seen a dyno, we'll go with those numbers.

Transmission: The four-speed automatic gearbox is a GM 4L60E, also from a fourth-gen Camaro. However, the T-handle shifter is a'67 Camaro item. Howell Engine Developments in Marine City, Michigan, performed the engine and transmission calibrations.

Rearend: The rear axle assembly is a Heidt's IRS setup using a Ford 9-inch centersection with 3.73:1 gears.

ChassisFrame: Kustom Creations chose a complete Roadster Shop chassis, which features a 4x4-inch mild-steel frame with a tubular X-member structure for added rigidity. A drop-out crossmember allows easy transmission access.

Suspension: The '55 rides independently all the way around on Heidt's Superride components. Polished billet coilovers are used on all four corners, while the steering is a power rack-and-pinion unit, also from Heidt's.

Brakes: Rotors and calipers are Wilwood front and rear, with a Hydroboost hydraulic brake booster and a billet master cylinder by Classic Performance Products.

Wheels: On high-end cars of this caliber, you'll usually find one-off custom wheels. However, here the choice was a set of Daggers from Billet Specialties, 17x8 front and 18x10 rear. They're straight off the rack but look tailor-made for this '55.

Tires: Michelin Pilot Primacy was the rubber of choice, 225/45R17 front and 245/45R18 rear.

StyleBody: Since the primary objective of this project was to show off EMI's '55 convertible shell, the body is only slightly modified. However, the one-piece front and rear bumpers have been carefully smoothed, the rear requiring multiple coats of copper plating to get the right look.

Paint: Materials for the striking two-tone finish (in color coat/clearcoat) came from the Planet Color line of Sherwin-Williams. Blazin' Black from the Tuner Tones palette was contrasted with PCLD2 Cabernet laid over a Racing Silver base to create a deep, dark candy red. Kustom Creations performed the spraying, of course.

Interior: The front seats are modified '00 Chevrolet Impala. The black portion of the interior is a '68 Chevelle fabric that Dave Ross discovered. Its distinctive pattern was scanned and photo-etched onto the console panels and cross-dash trim. The Tri-Five Chevy stylized V (usually found on the hood and deck) is quoted on the rear seat and again in the trunk. Like the paint, the upholstery work was performed in-house at Kustom Creations.

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1955 BEL AIR

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    A Modern Classic: The 1955 Chevy Bel Air E-ROD

    Published on 08/17/2018

    For some lucky people, work and passion collide. Bill Martens, Chevrolet Performance Associate Marketing Manager, is one such individual.

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    For some lucky people, work and passion collide. Bill Martens, Chevrolet Performance Associate Marketing Manager, is one such individual.

    He is known in many racing circles, but his love for vintage Chevrolets was also apparent at this year’s Tri-Five Nationals. He and his wife drove Chevrolet Performance’s 1955 Bel Air featuring an LS3 E-ROD crate engine to the popular event at Kentucky’s Beech Bend Raceway. The ride was a labor of love, as it is a 500-hundred mile trip from the Martens’ home near Detroit to the track in Bowling Green.

    “This is my first time at the Tri-Five Nationals … I am blown away,” Bill Martens said. “The event is much bigger and the cars are more spectacular than what I could have really envisioned. I knew it was big, but you’ve got to see it to really comprehend it.”

    The car that Martens drove certainly falls into that category of “spectacular” vehicles at the event. 

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    It was built about eight years ago and has undergone a series of incarnations as a show platform for LS-series engines. The current LS3 E-Rod crate engine it employs is California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B)-approved (E.0.# D-1260-32) and 50-state emissions legal.

    However, the LS3 E-ROD, a 6.2L V8 rated at 430 horsepower and 425 lb-ft of torque, is just one of three E-ROD crate options. The others are the LSA and LT1 E-ROD editions. These power plants are all certified for 1995 and older vehicles and meet California emissions requirements.

    That means their owners can adhere to stringent regulations that may not have been in place when some older vehicles were first built. The 1955 Bel Air featuring the LS3 E-ROD is a perfect example of how the engine can be used in classic builds featuring Chevrolet power. 

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    The engine utilizes an aluminum block and heads and a composite intake manifold to create less weight over the front axle than competing options. It is backed by a Hydra-Matic 4L65-E four-speed automatic transmission and a SuperMatic transmission controller. The transmission can accommodate up to 430 lb-ft of torque. The power plant also features a custom 2.5" dual exhaust with Dynomax mufflers and a Be Cool aluminum radiator. The driveline includes a GM 7.5" S10 rear axle with a 4.10:1 ratio and an Eaton limited-slip differential, along with an aluminum driveshaft.

    The chassis utilizes production control arms in the front along with Eaton reproduction coil springs, Monroe front shocks, a larger sway bar, two-inch drop front spindles and a Saginaw 605 power-steering gear.

    Out back are Eaton reproduction leaf swings, an aftermarket sway bar and Monroe rear shocks.

    Both the front and rear feature C4 Corvette brake calipers and rotors along with 14mm wheel studs.

    The original body was repainted a custom green and white with blue accents at GM using PPG Waterborne paint. The interior meanwhile is light beige and green and incorporates custom upholstery originally used in convertibles. The original stainless steel moldings were polished and re-used, and the bowties in the original front and back emblems were replaced with the 2010 GM design to provide a modern feel.

    Both the complete interior and all additional new exterior components were provided by CARS Inc. The interior also features an IDIDIT eight-position steering column and a Grant reproduction Corvette wood steering wheel.

    “Especially this weekend at the Tri-Five Nationals, it’s so representative of the thousands of cars that are out here,” Martens said. “We just like to show what can be done with not just a hot rod power plant, but with an emissions-certified package.”

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    The car rides on 18 x 7.5" Camaro steel wheels in the front and back with a custom center cap and the center moved 1.25" back. The rear wheels are also widened one inch to 8.5 inches. The rubber consists of 245/55R18 BFG G Force T/A Tires in the rear and 245/50R18s in the front.

    Suffice to say, this is a pretty killer ride.

    But although Martens was showcasing the E-Rod at the Tri-Five Nationals, he is also a true fan of the classic car.

    His first was a 1957 Bel Air hardtop he owned at the end of high school. He continued to own other ’57 models over the years and today has a ’55 Nomad in his garage.

    “It’s a stock 265 car, an original car that is going to be my next hot rod,” he said.

    Martens notes that compared to vehicles today the spaciousness of the Tri-Fives stands out, and that he loves the two-tone nature of the vehicles from that era. Chevrolet Performance’s Bel Air incorporates that theme.

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    “I like just the style of the car; it’s very representative of a time gone by,” he said. “I think this car, while it might not be as highly modified as a lot of cars at this show, is a real driver and it shows people what you can do in the real world. As far as anything else, I’ve always liked all of the Tri-Fives designs. They’re just cool! They are fairly simplistic but each have their own personality.”

    The 1955 Chevy Bel Air E-ROD certainly does.

    Keep watching The BLOCK and @thblockdotcom on Instagram for more from the fourth annual Tri-Five Nationals.

    *Manufacturers of add-on and modified emissions-related parts (aftermarket parts) that sell their product for use in California vehicles must obtain an exemption from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This exemption is called an Executive Order (EO) and allows the part or modification to be installed on specific emission controlled vehicles and used in vehicles driven on public streets and highways. An exemption is granted if the product has been determined not to cause an increase in vehicle emissions from the production vehicles for which the part is intended, nor otherwise cause vehicles to be non-compliant with the vehicle emissions certification and anti-tampering laws.

    Every EO part or modification comes with a unique assigned number and comes with limitation and restrictions on the installation and use of the part. The EO number will appear on a special exemption label affixed to the part or its packaging. Consumers are advised to familiarize themselves with the EO and its limitations and restrictions to ensure that such parts are installed and used properly. The product descriptions for some parts listed on the Chevrolet Performance website are accompanied by the “50 State” icon and the following notice:

    The “50 State” icon means that this part has undergone an evaluation by CARB and that CARB has determined that the part or modification has been shown to not increase vehicle emissions when installed and used properly in the application(s) identified in the product description. CARB policy authorizes consumers to install and use these parts in vehicles driven on public streets and highways. Parts that have an exemption include the EO number and a link to the CARB website so that customers are informed of the requirements and limitations of installation and use contained in the EO.

    Sours: https://www.theblock.com/article/2018/august/a-modern-classic--the-1955-chevy-bel-air-e-rod.html

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    Long Time Comin': This Chevy With Blown LSA Power Was 20 Years In the Making

    Photo Credit:Lindsay Thomson/Inspired by Soul Photography

    Wild '57 was definitely worth the wait.

    A lot of us had our taste in cars influenced by the first car we worked on or drove when we were young. Dean Settje from Raymond, Nebraska, said that for him, the influential car was a Chevy. It wasn't his own car, but it belonged to somebody he knew when he was a teenager, and he helped with the build as much as he could. That's all it took to hook him for life.

    It didn't take long before Dean started owning his own cars and trucks, but it would be a couple of decades before he found a '57 Chevy of his own. That day came about 20 years ago. The car&#x;the deep red Bel Air hardtop featured here&#x;had been owned by a car collector and was being sold at an estate auction. It was mostly stock, and the body was in excellent condition, repainted (poorly) at some point in its past. The stock drivetrain was operational enough for Dean to drive the car home, with his 5-year-old son, Zach, along to share the first ride.

    How Would You Build a '57 Chevy Bel Air?

    That's the million-dollar question. The consistent popularity of Chevys is due to the iconic design. Even though their style is anchored in the '50s, somehow they have managed to last almost 65 years without ever looking out of date. And very few other cars lend themselves so well to so many build styles&#x;street rod, Pro Streeter, Gasser, custom, cruiser, restomod, or stocker. It's virtually impossible to build one in a way that isn't great. So when Dean was ready to treat this one to a professional rebuild, he went around and around trying to decide whether to keep it stock or treat it to some mild mods. "I subscribe to Hot Rod, so that's what won out," he told us. "I wanted the car to be something that would drive well and be fun, whether it was every day or a Sunday drive around the lake."

    Once he had a plan for the Chevy, Dean started the search for a pro builder who could turn his ideas into the '57 he always wanted. He found what he was looking for at J&L Automotive in Leigh, Nebraska, where father and son Jim and Jesse Magsamen turn out some first-class street machines.

    Ride and Drive Upgrades

    The J&L Automotive team chose to retain the factory framerails but box them and reinforce them with engine and transmission mounts. Since the point of this project is to build a safe, reliable, and enjoyable driver, the stock suspension components were retired in favor of up-to-date aftermarket parts from front to rear.

    • Factory frame, boxed
    • Speedway universal engine mounts
    • TCI Engineering transmission mount
    • CPP tubular front control arms, 2-inch drop spindles, anti-roll bar
    • Flaming River steering rack
    • QA1 front coilover shocks
    • Ford 9-inch rearend, gears
    • Currie limited slip differential, spline axles
    • TCI Engineering parallel 4-link
    • TCI Engineering rear coilover shocks
    • CPP disc brakes, inch front rotors, inch rear rotors
    • CPP master cylinder and booster, Wilsood proportioning valve
    • Rock Valley gallon stainless steel fuel tank

    Body and Paint Modifications

    Dean had no intention of radically altering the classic style of his ' That meant retaining the majority of stainless steel brightwork and no reshaping the sheetmetal. "We made simple and subtle changes to keep the timeless Chevy look," Dean said. With that goal in mind, Jesse went over the entire body to make sure the sheetmetal was straight and rust-free. Locks, wipers, and a few trim pieces were removed to provide a sleek look, and bracing was added to the hood for strength. Jesse painted the Chevy in the J&L Automotive paint booth, using PPG paint. The custom color is called "whiskey and wine," and it shifts from burgundy to a reddish copper color depending on the light.

    • Shaved badging
    • Windshield wipers removed
    • Stock headlights and taillights
    • Stock bumpers and grille
    • Stock door handles
    • Shaved door locks for keyless entry
    • Factory hood reinforced underneath
    • Decklid smoothed with frenched license plate
    • PPG paint by Jesse Magsamen at J&L Automotive

    Choosing Wheels & Tires

    Next to paint color, wheel and tire choice has the biggest effect on establishing the personality of a hot rod. Dean studied photos from the internet and magazines to come to a decision on the right rolling stock for the '57, finally deciding that Dagger wheels from Billet Specialties suit the car perfectly. The inch five-spokes, paired with lower-profile tires, bring the timeless style up to date.

    • Billet Specialties Dagger wheels, 18x8 inches in front, 18x10 in the rear
    • Pirelli PZero radial tires, /40R18 in front, /40R18 in the rear

    Modern Traditional Interior

    In keeping with the theme of the rest of the car, the interior blends nostalgic elements with hot rod details and modern amenities. Dean opted for a nostalgic bench seat instead of buckets. An aftermarket adjustable bench from Wise Guys, rear seats, and custom-built panels were upholstered in two-tone vinyl. Tim McCartney at Mid States Auto Upholstery in Omaha loosely followed the factory upholstery appearance, combining pleated Summer Sand (tan) and smooth Old Whiskey (burgundy) material. The Billet Specialties steering wheel was chosen to match the wheels. The gauges, A/C, and stereo are fresh aftermarket components, chosen and installed to not take away from the traditional look. The fully upholstered trunk features a custom decklid inner cover from Rezurrected Rod and Custom in Wayne, Nebraska.

    • Factory dash, smoothed and painted, with billet dash insert
    • Classic Instruments Chevy Package gauges
    • Vintage Air A/C, controls, and vents
    • Painless Performance wiring system
    • Retro Sound audio system with Alpine speakers
    • Billet Specialties Stiletto inch steering wheel
    • Flaming River tilt column
    • Lokar Performance Products shifter
    • Kugel Komponents pedal assembly
    • Wise Guys adjustable bench seat
    • Mercedes carpet

    Supercharged Chevy Power

    As you'd expect, Dean's Chevy runs under the power of a modern Bow Tie engine. "The was made to go with a Chevrolet Performance LSA L SC setup," he told us. The Eaton TVS supercharged cast aluminum small-block with aluminum L92 style heads is the engine used in the fifth-generation Camaro ZL1 and is rated at horsepower. Jesse created a nostalgic custom cover to set off the engine. He also built a custom intake tube and exhaust system. The fabricated firewall was recessed 4 inches to fit the engine. A Lokar-shifted GM 4L85E transmission backs up the LSA.

    • Chevrolet Performance LSA L SC engine
    • L Eaton TVS supercharger
    • Aluminum L92 single port heads
    • Performance Rod & Custom aluminum radiator
    • Custom engine cover
    • inch custom exhaust pipes, ceramic coated at CrossLinc Custom Coatings, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Flowmaster Super 44 series mufflers
    • Chevrolet Performance 4L85E automatic transmission

    Dean's Chevy didn't get finished fast; it was roughly 20 years between his initial ride with his 5-year-old son and his first ride in the completely rebuilt Bel Air. Was it worth the wait? Definitely, Dean says. "We got the car exactly the way we wanted it." Now he's catching up, putting miles on his Chevy as often as he can. "In the spring and summer, I'm driving it and enjoying it," he said. "In the winter, I go out and look at it!"

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    Sours: https://www.motortrend.com/features/chevy-bel-air-build-blown-lsa-poweryears/
    1957 Chevy Bel Air Hot Rod - High End Restoration

    ‘57 Chevy Bel Air Hot Rod Power Tour

    1957 Chevy Bel Air SAM Class Project

    For the last 6 weeks a team of SAM Tech students in the Block Program met on weekends and after class to build a resto-mod ’57 Chevy for the Hot Rod Power Tour. The Team of SAM Tech students will be driving from Texas to Wisconsin (The starting point for this year’s Power Tour) and completing the long haul to Baton Rouge, LA. The students will complete the nearly 3000 miles round trip in a little over a week.

     

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    Specs

    510 rwhp @ 6500 rpm
    6.2L LS3 from 2010 Camaro
    PRC Small Bore LS7x CNC Cylinder Heads
    SAM Custom CNC Intake Manifold
    Dual Nick Williams DBW Throttle Bodies
    Holley Dominator EFI
    TR6060 6-Speed with
    T56 Magnum Conversion
    ACT Clutch and Flywheel
    CPP Control Arms, Springs and Shocks
    Heidts Spindles and Wilwood Brakes
    Pypes Full Exhaust
    Currie 9″ with 3.70 Gears
    Fikse Wheels.

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    Special thanks to Holley, MAHLE/Clevite, and MSD
    Additional thanks to SPC Rod and Customs, TASCO, Lizard Skin, Bad Company Inc, and JAX Artwork

     

    Sours: https://samtech.edu/information/school-tour/class-projects/57-chevy-bel-air-hot-rod-power-tour/

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