We have a unique opportunity at the Street Machine Nationals events to get up close with some of the coolest cars on the scene. While out these events, our editors will choose a few standout vehicles that we know our readers will love, and choose them for our Editor’s Pick award winners.
At the recent Du Quoin Street Machine Nationals show, this 1955 Chevy Bel Air stood out to us. Even though there were so many great cars to choose from, it was a unanimous choice to give the award to this Chevy.
Here is a little background on the car and the people who get to enjoy it!
This 1955 Chevy Bel Air was purchased in 1966 for only $150.00. The Chevy was daily driven and weekend raced for many years through the ’60s and ’70s. On his 16th Birthday in 1980, it was given to the current owner, Mike, and was rolled shortly thereafter.
After the car was fixed, Mike drove it to school, and throughout most of his life. As it commonly happens, family and work took priority, and the car was parked around 1993. Mike did get it out on occasion to do a few burnouts and keep it cleared out.
After many years of sitting, Mike decided it was time to get it back on the street, so he brought it to a friend Tim Duvall’s shop to be built up. Mike asked that the motor run one last time before it was tore down, so after many hours of freeing up the locked up block it came to life one last time.
The Chevy was torn down and sent to the soda blaster to see what we were dealing with. When it came back, the project was almost aborted due to it being is such bad shape. Mike’s wife Sandy was convinced that it could be put back together, so a tractor trailer load of sheet metal was purchased and was on its way.
Once that arrived at Tim’s, the surgery began and lasted for 3 years and over 3,000 hours. All body and paint/chassis/fabrication was done in a 3 car garage while Tim worked a normal job only working on the car at night and over the weekends. After many hours and sleepless nights the car finally emerged back on the streets as you see it today.
Vehicle Tech Sheet
Owner: Mike/Sandy Bockting
Vehicle: 1955 Chevy Bel Air
Engine: 383 Stroker
Carb / Injection: Quick Fuel 750
Exhaust / Mufflers: Magna Flow
Shifter: Hurst V-Gate inline
Frame: Stock frame
Modifications: Spring perches moved inside frame rails/front boxed for stability and handling/channeled for exhaust.
Rearend / Ratio: Richmond 12 bolt narrowed 4” per side/Richmond 3:55 gears/Moser axels/9” big bearing c-clip eliminators
Rear Suspension: William’s 2” drop leaf springs
Rear Brakes: CPP 11” disc
Front Suspension: CPP tubular upper and lower a-arms/ QA1 coil overs/ 2” drop spindles
Front Brakes: CPP 12” disc
Steering Box: Unisteer Rack and pinion
Front Wheels: Intro Twisted Vista II 17×7″
Front Tires: Michelin 225-40/R17
Rear Wheels: Intro Twisted Vista II 18×12″
Rear Tires: Michelin 315x30R18
Gas Tank: Factory stainless
Style: Bel Air
Fenders: CARS INC
Grille: Danchuk stainless
Bodywork / Paint By: Tim Duvall (573-789-9381) firstname.lastname@example.org
Paint Type / Color: PPG 9700 black/PPG vibrant series purple reign
Headlights / Taillights: Danchuk
Bumpers: Front Danchuk smoothie. Rear Danchuk with bumper guards
Gauges: Classic Instruments BELA ERA
Air Conditioner: Vintage Air
Stereo: Sony head unit/Apple I-pad/kicker 10” sub/kicker 6×9’s/kicker 6.5’s
Steering Wheel: Intro Twisted Vista II
Steering Column: Flaming river
Seats: Front 2006 GTO/Rear original frame
Upholstery By: Auto Designs by Sebastian
Material / Color: Black