1957 Belair Convertible

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This ’57 Came to us a bone stock 283, 3-on-the-tree, no power options car. The owner wanted some more power and driveability, with some low end torque to get going and an overdrive for cruising the Texas highways.

The 410Hp Blueprint 383 Stroker was painted the correct GM red orange and a700R4 was ordered from FTI along with one of their converters.  Side mounts and a transmission crossmember were necessary to situate the powertrain.


The front suspension was all replaced with American made tubular components. Power rack and pinion steering and a 1″ sway bar were also added.

When adding power brakes, we noticed the old master cylinder had been leaking for some time and blistered the paint down to bare metal. After prepping and priming, some back taping made hid the repair nicely. A chrome double diaphragm booster and master were installed with a correct proportioning valve and some custom line work.

Some custom brackets were fabricated and chromes to mount the Denso mini alternator as low as possible on the passenger side, giving the engine a cleaner look than hanging it above the power steering pump.

An MSD pro-billet distributor, Blaster coil, and a new ECP radiator were added.

The customer supplied some valve covers and an air cleaner for the final dress-up. The Denso alternator is nice and low and still clears the stainless headers nicely.

Lastly the 18″ wheel was replaced by a color matched smaller wheel that uses the factory horn ring and an Ididit tilt column was installed in place of the old mast and linked to the rack with stainless joints and shafts.

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