1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe (Candy Baby)
Last updated Apr 1, 2013
DEC 2012...THIS COOL CRUZER HAS A NEW OWNER IN PA ..http://www.ca.../ride/1634656
This 57 was rescued by a high school auto shop class in Columbia, South Carolina, where a local repair shop bought it, and painted it Candy Apple Red Brandywine (PPG Wineberry). They installed a Nitrous system to the 350ci 1976 Chevy engine and raced it at local tracks in SC. The engine ran for about a year & a half after I bought it before dying in late 2003 due to the former racing abuse. I removed the Nitrous system, and installed a completely rebuilt 383ci 4 bolt main Stroker engine in April 2004 and have been cruzin fine since then.
My engine is a 383 Stroker (rebuilt 3/20/10) with polished aluminum Edelbrock High Performance Air Gap intake manifold, water pump, HP heads, Barry Grant Flying Wedge air cleaner & Chevy valve covers, roller rocker arms, Hooker Headers, new Edelbrock 750 carb, 100 amp chrome alternator, MSD ignition, March polished brackets, Griffin alum radiator & trans cooler with a SS over flow tank, 350 auto trany w/lock up, B&M floor shift, Ford 9" 3.50 rear end with new front shocks, rear air shocks & new leaf springs.
The best update in 2005 was to remove the 16" pusher fan that was in front of the radiator, moved the radiator (right pic) from the engine side of the support bracket to the other side (bumper side) of the bracket, then added dual B-Cool 2700 Cu Ft per Minute "puller" fans. Now instead of overheating all the time in traffic, these new fans blow directly on the engine block, heads, intake and fuel lines to keep this engine very cool ALL the time. They automatically turn on at 180 degrees and stay on until the engine cools.
The original engine in 1957 was a 283 CID V8. There were 166,600 57 Sport Coupes (2 door hardtops - No post) were made and as of 2007, only 12,975 are still registered by insurance companies and state license bureaus. Of this number 957 are registered in the state of Michigan.
It has 7" front & 10" rear Cragar wheels. I added front disk brakes in 2004 and I can now stop my "Candy Baby" on a dime! Since my 57 is no longer taken to the drag strip, I changed out the 4:11 in July 2008 with a 3:50 to save a lot of gas.
I removed the old aluminum dash inserts and sill plates with billet inserts from Danchuck. They look a lot better. I added a 160W Custom Autosound stereo with a 10 disk CD changer hidden in the trunk. Also added 160W kick panel front speakers and Jensen speakers in the rear.
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