With body work completed, the car received its signature paint job. The color combination is a Dupont paint custom blend Red and Beige that brilliantly executes the “modern nostalgia” approach to the build. Stepping outside the OEM color combinations is always a risk on these cars. However, Bill and Nostalgic Auto Body hit the paint charts out of the park with the fashionable Red and Beige two-tone paint with beige fabric convertible top.
The engine compartment sparkles like fine jewelry. Billet parts, polished components, expert paint work, smoothed firewall, and attention to detail make this area a standout. Cleverly blending show car detailing with serious performance, the 383 Chevy develops 485 horsepower.
All of the 485 horsepower is sent to the tires via a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission and a 2,500 rpm stall speed converter. The 12-bolt Posi rear spins 3.73 gears and is suspended by GM heavy-duty leaf springs. Front suspension features coilovers with Heidts tubular control arms and two-inch drop spindles. The stance is modern without taking anything away from the classic overall look of the ‘55.Rolling stock consists of staggered 18-inch Nitto NT 555 Extreme ZR tires, complemented by Billet Specialties Turbine wheels. CPP provides the updated 14:1 ratio power steering box, while SSBC brightens up the smoothed firewall with a polished master cylinder and brake booster. Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes bring the package safely to a halt and inspire confidence. The entire drivetrain package provides the perfect compromise between acceleration, handling, and long-haul driving pleasure.
Building a car right is a matter of doing the entire package. In the case of Bill’s modern nostalgia ’55 Bel Air, the brush has been wielded with masterful results. With a heavy reliance on nostalgia, this ’55 Chevy convertible is an up-to-the-minute, rolling masterpiece of modern history.