1955 Chevy Pumps LS3 Power and Rides on an Art Morrison Chassis

There doesn’t exist a hot rodder around who hasn’t at one time during his (or her) formative years “borrowed” Pop’s car.

The majority of time Pop wasn’t supposed to know but for a lot of us there were those fond times that make for great memories where the two would work on the car together.

Gary Holyoak of Cedar City, Utah, grew up with his 1955 Chevy Bel Air “post”  but back in time it belonged to his dad and his plan was to drag race the car.

But as we all have been through sometimes life has the power to change our best laid plans and such was the case for this 1955.

The vehicle sat at the family carport for decades while they grew, after came storage and iGary took over the project only in 2011.

 It was Gary’s intent to resurrect the 1955 and bring the vehicle back to all of its former glory—and then some. Gary had a reason to want the build to happen quickly but he wanted a hot rod that would answer both of their wants and dreams as well.

In the world of car-building these kinds of projects take time, 10 months usually it’s just the warm up, but with this project that was the timeline and thus that’s the way it had to be!

Gary sought the talents of Dave and Charity Kindig of Kindig-It Design in Salt Lake City, Utah. Couple their leadership and the talents and efforts of the Kindig staff and Gary and his dad had 1955 the way they always dreamed.

The two-door post Tri-Five maintains stock sheet metal with a few subtle yet effective changes, such as a black powder coated grille, shaved gas door, and trunk trim and 3-inch tubs for added wheel/tire clearance. 

The stock front and rear bumpers were also welded into one piece while the lighting remained stock. The outside mirrors come from Billet Specialties and the interior mirror is 1955. The PPG two-tone Classic Clay and Toyota white was sprayed on by Kindig-It over their own body- and paintwork.

The interior is amazing to look at but still has that basic 1955 dash.

Dakota Digital analog gauges are fit into the factory pod, a badass stereo is housed in the original factory radio location, and the wiring chores fell to an American Autowire system put in place by Kindig-it Design.

 An ididit tilt steering column with a Koches reproduction Tri-Five wheel (cut down to 14-1/2 inches and not the original much larger diameter wheel) handles the steering needs. While the custom center console comes from JS Custom Interiors and is the handiwork of Justin Stevens it houses the Vintage Air A/C controls (dash-mounted vents are more Vintage Air touch), the Tremec six-speed shifter custom built by Kindig-It Design, and is covered in the same Ferrari tan leather like is the modified Corbeau bucket seats in front and rear bench. We find more leather on the custom-stitched door and kick panels while the window cranks and interior door handles come from Billet Specialties. (Outer door handles are Kindig-It Design over-the-counter items.) Underneath the copper-colored carpeting is seated a liberal covering of Dynamat to keep out unwanted heat and sounds. Just above the carpeting is the pedal assembly from Clayton Machine.

The chassis of the factory was discarded in favor of the Art Morrison Enterprises Tri-Five chassis equipped with AME lowered spindles, rack-and-pinion steering, Strange coilover shocks, Wilwood 13-inch rotors in front and calipers, and an ABS Power Brake Inc. billet master cylinder. Wilwood brakes and Strange shocks are found in back along with a Strange 9-inch rearend fitted limited-slip with 3.50 gears.

 An electronic parking brake was fitted by Kindig-It Design. At the corners we have a set of Schott wheels in the Americana series that measure 19×8 with 4.5-inch backspace and 20×12 and 5-inch backspacing wrapped in Michelin Pilot rubber coming in at 225/35R19 and 325/30R20. 

What moves this hot rod down the road is a 435hp Chevrolet Performance LS3 (6.2L) crate motor topped with a Kindig-It Design custom-fabricated air cleaner and exhaust system flowing through Flowmaster mufflers along with AME headers. A Billet Specialties Tru Trac serpentine belt system accessories the engine along with Offenhauser valve covers fitted via Taylor adaptors with cooling chores falling to a Be Cool three-core aluminum radiator. Moving the power rearward is a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed using Chevy clutch package.

Source: www.hotrod.com

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