1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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This is one of those cars I saw once at another show and just had to know more about but didn’t have time to see more. Well, at the Hunter’s Auto Expo the car showed up and I was all over it. This is one great 57. It is owned by John and Judy Givens of Kentucky. The builder is Tex Engler’ Rod Shop and Kustom Werks out of Auburn, KY.
The paint is a Candy Brandywine House of Color product.
This car is clean and well done but not to the point where it is just a piece of art work. Some cars get to be pure sculpture and you can’t even find the stuff that makes it run. If you can’t see the gas lines and electric lines what’s to keep it from being just an empty shell show car? There are a lot of wild show cars that can never be started because the motor is just an empty block!
The air intake is a dual Ram Air.
Each intake runs over to the fender well…
and then picks up air from the mess grill over each headlight.
Of course the car has full air bags and controls at the finger tips on the console.
Even the back side of the bumpers are painted to match the frame.
Coolers are out there where you can see them but well done. The frame is boxed and finished to match the body. The underside of the body is sprayed with truck bed liner material.
I think what makes the underside of the car so appealing is that it isn’t all chrome or all paint or all one color; there is enough variety of color and texture to make it look almost OEM but beautiful like a custom should be.
The engine is a blown 383 stroker with a 700R transmission.
You want to know how good a car is; stand back and look down the side. If it is straight and smooth its good. I have seen so many expensive paint jobs sprayed over a body that wasn’t fit for a 10 year old used car repaint and I just can’t figure out why. This is the most important part of the car and it can kill an other wise top notch show or street car. Before I ever take a car to a shop for paint I ask them to show me work they did that they are proud of. If they can’t do it or won’t do it; they aren’t touching my car. This car has a great body and paint!