Frame Off Built Bel Air ZZ502 V8 THM700R4 4 Speed Automatic PS A/C
- GM Performance Parts ZZ502 crate engine
- 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,500 RPM stall converter
- Mark Williams rear axle / Richmond 3.50 gears
- Full Jim Meyers Racing Products suspension
- Power rack-and-pinion steering
- Power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Cragar Street Pro wheels
- Custom leather interior / TEA's Design seat
- Airtique air conditioning
- Modern audio
* GM Performance Parts ZZ502 crate engine
* 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / 2,500 RPM stall converter
* Custom leather interior / TEA's Design seat
* Airtique air conditioning
* Full Jim Meyers Racing Products suspension
* Sale includes restoration photos
* Mark Williams rear axle / Richmond 3.50 gears
* Power rack-and-pinion steering / Power front disc and rear drum brakes
* Cragar Street Pro wheels
* Modern audio
As the old saying goes: in life, only three things are guaranteed – death, taxes and Bel Airs at classic car events. At least, that's how the saying goes in OUR octane-fueled world. Of course, that list is a little unfair to tri-fives because, unlike death and taxes, old school Chevys are a lot of fun. And this coupe, with its brutal 502, stylish leather interior and classic, 2-tone aesthetics, blends an array of custom, driver-friendly attributes into a vintage package that virtually anyone can enjoy!
When it comes to tri-five Chevys 2-tone paint is pretty much a given, and this hardtop's remarkable combination of black and silver 2-stage works well to freshen what has become a timeless hot rod color scheme. Naturally, the foundation for those pigments is a body-off, rotisserie restoration that spared no expense massaging the car's rock-solid surfacing into better-than-new condition. That surfacing is highlighted by a brilliant array of trim, which includes factory bumper guards, electric Rain Gear wipers, factory-tint glass and polished mirrors. And today, this classic rolls as a top-notch cruiser that's ready to turn heads and win trophies!
Glance under this double-nickel's hood and you'll find a sweet GM Performance Parts ZZ502 that's been built, polished and tweaked to 9.6 to 1 compression and a killer 502 horsepower! A perfect air/fuel mixture is supplied by a familiar Holley carburetor, which floats between an Aeromotive regulator, a Barry Grant pressure gauge, a Lokar throttle linkage and a bowtie-capped K&N air filter. That 4-barrel rides on an aluminum Chevrolet intake, which is bolted between lightweight aluminum heads. Those heads hang snazzy Chevrolet valve covers over stamped steel rocker arms, 2.25-inch intake valves and 1.88-inch exhaust valves. Those rockers are engaged by a hydraulic roller cam, which is sequenced to loomed GM plug wires and a modern Delco-Remy distributor. Spent gases roll through beefy Sanderson headers. At the front of those headers, a familiar March serpentine drive spins a Stewart water pump between a modern AC compressor, a proven Wilson alternator and modern power steering. And that pump feeds an aluminum Griffin radiator that's wedged between two electric pusher fans and an aftermarket pulley fan.
Structurally, the '55 Chevrolet is an extremely versatile platform that can accept a wide variety of enhancements. And one look under this Bel Air provides a glimpse of how a few quality modifications can make a big difference. Behind the big block, a tough 700R4 hangs a powder-coated case and cast fluid pan between a Mark Williams driveshaft and 2,500 RPM stall converter. That driveshaft twists a matching Mark Williams third member, which spins Dutchmen axles around 3.50 Richmond gears. That drivetrain rides a full Jim Meyers Racing Products chassis, which mixes a lowered ride height with beefy sway bars, tubular control arms and adjustable QA-1 coil-overs. The aforementioned power steering pushes a modern rack-and-pinion setup. Stops come courtesy of GM-style power front disc and rear drum brakes. Exhaust is handled by aluminized, true-dual pipes, which employ throaty DynoMax mufflers. Grip is provided by polished Cragar Street Pros, which spin 205/65R15 BF Goodrich Advantage T/As in front of 255/55R17 BF Goodrich Advantage T/As. And everything, from the car's finned transmission coolers to its Rock Valley fuel tank, appears purpose-built to tackle the asphalt.
There is no shortage of tri-fives with custom leather interiors, but a car this comfortable is always a stand out. With Airtique climate control and powerful Custom Autosound audio, all the modern conveniences are present and accounted for. One of the best additions to the cabin is a sculpted TEA's Design seat, which folds driver and passenger armrests in front of a stock, bowtie-branded bench. In front of those thrones, a body-matched dash frames hidden audio components in polished aluminum trim and VDO telemetry. The carpet is extra plush, floating color-keyed, “Bel Air” branded floor mats between a billet throttle pedal and big kick speakers. In front of the driver, a tilting Ididit column spins a polished, half-wrapped and color-keyed wheel. And behind the passengers, a fully finished trunk hides a Custom Autosound CD changer and Optima gel cell battery beneath crisp Pioneer speakers.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
* The car's original cowl tag
* Restoration photos
* Component paperwork for the car's Jim Meyer Racing Products suspension
* Maintenance receipts
* A pair of aftermarket wiper arms
To borrow a quote from Ed Cole, former Chevrolet Chief Engineer: “We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it.” Fun was, and is, an inherent part of building or driving any tri-five Chevy. And, with its impressive engine, comfortable interior and relentless style, this slick '55 is sure to be a blast! If you're ready to own a classic that can truly do it all, fire up your phone, clear some garage space and claim this awesome resto-mod!
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