Classics 1957 Chevy Street Shaker Packs a 933hp V-8 Punch

23:10  10 july  2018
23:10  10 july  2018 Source:   hotrod.com

A 1955 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop Homebuilt by the Original Owner’s Son

  A 1955 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop Homebuilt by the Original Owner’s Son Frank Donato of Pahrump, Nevada, was a lucky kid in the '50s. "I remember my parents taking me to the drive-in movie in my father's 1955 Chevy, which he bought new," he wrote. Frank's dad owned one of 185,562 1955 Bel Air hardtops produced, and used it to take his family to one of 4,000 drive-in theaters in America. He owned the car for the rest of his life. "I knew how much he cherished that car," Frank said. "When he [died] I decided Frank Donato of Pahrump, Nevada, was a lucky kid in the '50s. "I remember my parents taking me to the drive-in movie in my father's 1955 Chevy, which he bought new," he wrote.

Street Rodder Featured. 1957 Chevy Street Shaker Packs a 933 hp V - 8 Punch . Written by Chuck Vranas on July 2, 2018.

© Hot Rod Network Staff. From Hot Rod Network. Many times it's the simplest experience that opens the door for someone to pave a new path in life, especially if it happens at a young age. For Jim Hershberger of Henderson, Maryland

Many times it's the simplest experience that opens the door for someone to pave a new path in life, especially if it happens at a young age. For Jim Hershberger of Henderson, Maryland, that particular moment happened when riding home on the school bus one day when he heard the sounds of a thundering V-8 that literally shook the sides of the bus. Much to his surprise it was his older brother, Joe, in his 1967 Chevelle SS who caught his attention with that wicked muscle car, forever changing his path. From that point on he was drawn into the performance world and spent plenty of time watching his brother work on cars in the family driveway.

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He eventually earned his license and the keys to a 1970 Plymouth Duster and began to frequent the local Tastee-Freez in Chestertown where he grew up, checking out the hottest cars on the strip on a regular basis. As time passed he and good friend Bobby Osborn frequented the local dragstrip every weekend where Osborn would run the strip and Jim would capture it all on video, leading to a friendship of over 30 years. Osborn later sourced a partially built Pro Street 1955 Chevy, which he completed for him at his shop in Fairlee. With a fascination for hopped-up cars, especially Tri-Five Chevys, another friend led him to a Pro Street 1957 Bel Air (25 years later) that was for sale locally, having recently arrived from Kansas. It was a solid, well-built car, ready for a full makeover to Jim's specifications. A deal was made and the car was hauled back to his home shop for evaluation.

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To give the car plenty of hard-core performance Jim contacted Paul Rose at Rose Engine Service in Havre de Grace to build a 540ci big-block beast capable of spinning the Hoosiers. With the block massaged to perfection it was filled with a Bryant Racing Crank linked to Manley H-beam rods wearing JE forged aluminum pistons with a healthy thump from COMP Cams. A set of Dart aluminum heads make plenty of power, especially when combined with a BDS 8-71 supercharger topped with a custom EFI system. An MSD ignition sparks it to life and spent gases dump through a set of Lemons headers to a custom 4-1/2-inch stainless exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. It's all good for a healthy 983 hp at the rear wheels. For moving the goods, a fully reworked Chevy TH400 by the House of Pain in Chestertown links to a driveshaft from QA1.

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Wanting to give the body a dose of newfound allure, Corkell and his team stripped it to bare metal and followed by shaving the driprails, adding custom door handles from Kindig-It Design, crafting custom inner engine bay panels and adding HID headlights. The team then set all the gaps, metal-finished the body, and prepped it for a decadent coating of BASF custom Black Cherry Pearl accented by a Snowflake White Pearl roof. Inside a custom dash was filled with Auto Meter dials to monitor the vitals while a Billet Specialties wheel linked to an ididit column steers the course and a Hurst stick pulls gears. Brad Wurzbacher and the team at Lucky 7 Rod Shop gave the interior a face-lift, covering a set of custom buckets, side panels, and console in maroon Ultraleather and suede accented by black loop carpet while a Painless wiring harness and 10-point rollcage completes the office. This is one mean Street Shaker ready to take on the streets of Maryland.

Unique on Every Level, This 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .
Auto enthusiasts get involved in the sport in lots of creative ways. Some enjoy an early start, growing up in an automotive family, while others wait until retirement years to adopt the sport. David Phillips from Dade City, Florida, recalls how it began for him back in 2007 when he was building scale plastic models. One of those was a bright red 1956 Chevy 3100 Stepside shortbed truck. He smiles when he recalls, thinking, "One day, I'd like to have something like that in my garage." In fact, that day is here. He still has the original model that got it started, along with this beautiful fullsize version.

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