Red
Bone
ZZ4 350 cu in V8
4 Speed Automatic
  • The beneficiary of a ground-up restoration that was completed in 2008
  • 350 cubic inch Chevrolet Performance ZZ4 crate engine / 355 horsepower
  • 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / Ford 9-inch rear axle
  • Custom leather interior / Modern audio
  • Vintage Air conditioning
  • Fat Man Fabrication chassis / Custom suspension
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering
  • 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • 18-inch Foose wheels
  • Sale includes restoration receipts

SUMMARY

* The beneficiary of a ground-up restoration that was completed in 2008
* 350 cubic inch Chevrolet Performance ZZ4 crate engine / 355 horsepower
* 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission / Ford 9-inch rear axle
* Custom leather interior / Modern audio
* Vintage Air conditioning
* Fat Man Fabrication chassis / Custom suspension
* Power rack-and-pinion steering
* 4-wheel power disc brakes
* 18-inch Foose wheels
* Sale includes restoration receipts

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While best-known for their classic good looks and pure American style, tri-five Chevys were the hot rod of choice for many young gearheads. Dominating drag strips and terrorizing stoplights long before the likes of tri-power GTOs and Hemi-powered MoPars, these classics carry nearly universal appeal that makes them a perfect platform for amazing resto-mod builds. A fitting example would be this stunning Bel Air, which mixes a fire-breathing ZZ4 V8 with substantial drivetrain upgrades and a comfortable custom interior to create one irresistible, old school muscle car. If you've been searching for a striking Chevy showpiece, but want something that's a heck of a lot more fun than a stuffy restored-to-original car, this spectacular sedan's combination of vintage style and modern performance simply can't be beat!

BODYWORK/TRIM

The subject of a high quality restoration that was completed in 2008, this double nickel is definitely built for keeps. From casual glances to long looks, the car exudes a sense of quality that comes from countless hours of work and serious credit card bills. With straight panels and impressive panel fitment, its body sets the standard for what to expect from the rest of the build. There are no notable modifications, aside from blazing PPG 2-stage that would've been unimaginable in the mass-production world in 1955. And overall, this slick resto-mod is right at home turning heads on the road OR logging points at a show.

Not surprisingly, this Chevy's dynamic pigment creates a fabulous foundation for a select array of mirrored bolt-ons. At the front of the car, a polished bumper props a polished guard in front of a polished grille, amber parking lamps and modern tri-bar headlights. At the top of that grille, a Chevrolet-branded hood centers a correct jetbird in front of smoked glass, polished wipers and polished frames. At the base of that glass, a silky profile centers stainless speed spears and classy Bel Air emblems between polished mirrors, polished rocker guards, guarded door handles and a guarded fuel filler. And at the back of that profile, a second polished bumper splits the difference between a requisite trunk crest, polished exhaust tips and factory taillights that shade small Chevrolet emblems.

ENGINE

Lift the hood and you'll be carried in to a valley of brightwork that's surrounded by PPG red foothills. Sourced directly from Chevrolet Performance, this tri-five's spry personality comes courtesy of a 350 cubic inch ZZ4 crate engine that twists stout 10 to 1 compression into 355 horsepower and 405 lb./ft. of torque. The mean motor's energy mixture is supplied by a big Holley carburetor, which is sandwiched between polished fuel lines, a small Holley pressure gauge and a polished Chevrolet air cleaner that's cinched under a stylish bowtie spinner. That mixture travels in to an aluminum intake, which feeds aluminum L98 cylinder heads that hang polished Chevrolet valve covers between stamped rocker arms, polished Chevrolet breathers and hypereutectic pistons. That valvetrain combusts thanks to a forged, internally-balanced crank, powdered connecting rods and a billet cam. Fire for that combustion comes courtesy of an MSD points distributor and loomed MSD Super Conductor plug wires. That fire is kept in check by a polished aluminum radiator, which is mated to a polished support, sleeved hoses, a Chevrolet-branded cap and quick-spinning puller fans. A Concept One serpentine drive spins a polished Powermaster alternator opposite a coated AC compressor while spent gases cycle through coated Hedman block huggers. And first-rate details include trick dipsticks, braided fluid lines, chrome hood supports and a chrome horn.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Put this Chevy on a lift and the high quality build continues to reveal itself through body-matched floorpans and a Mandrel-bent Fat Man Fabrication chassis. At the center of those bones, a reliable GM 700R4 4-speed keeps the car highway friendly. That stalwart gearbox channels power to a 9-inch Ford differential that's finished with 28-spline axles. Stance is important on tri-fives, and this car achieves an excellent rake thanks to a Mustang II front suspension, a 4-bar rear suspension and a full set of RideTech ShockWave airbags. When the roads get twisty, power rack-and-pinion steering is a welcome addition. Stops are initiated by a polished SSBC master cylinder, which utilizes a chrome booster and small Jegs proportioning valve to sic big Wilwood calipers on drilled and slotted rotors. The aforementioned hedders shuttle spent gases through an H-shaped crossover and throaty Flowmaster mufflers. Everything rolls on polished Foose blades, which spin 225/40ZR18 Toyo Proxes in front of 285/40ZR18 Toyo Proxes. And everything, from this Bel Air's stainless fuel tank to its APS starter, is clean and ready to roll.

INTERIOR

Inside this Chevy, plush leather surfacing is the central theme of a custom cockpit that features cool Bone shading. Power-operated Lexus buckets join fixed rear buckets to a frame a custom, full-length console. That console floats mirrored trim around small cupholders, big speakers, a familiar Lokar shifter and a hidden bin that seats an Alpine CD player next to controls for the car's RideTech airbags. Stylish door panels hang angled armrests beneath billet handles, power door locks and polished controls for power windows. At the floor, fresh carpet frames crisp kick speakers, billet foot pedals and color-keyed floor mats. At the front of the cockpit, a body-matched dash stretches bowtie-branded trim around a factory radio, Danchuk Signature telemetry and Vintage Air climate control. The driver stays connected through a polished and half-wrapped steering wheel, which laps a polished, tilting column. And the passengers carry their essentials in a custom-upholstered trunk.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

* Restoration receipts
* Component literature

There are a lot of nice tri-fives on the market, but how many are built to this level and carry this kind of appeal? If you're looking for an exceptionally cool Chevy that's twice as much fun and twice as reliable as an all-original roller, this Bel Air is your hot ticket!

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