A person doesn’t have to be a retired math teacher in order to count how many cylinders the engine in his, or her car has, but in the case of Gary Kollofski and the 24-cylinder 1957 Chevy he is currently working on an advanced understanding of mathematics didn’t hurt.
The extreme natured 1957 Chevy Gary has had under construction for the last 4 ½ years isn’t his first attempt at building an over the top radical ride. Gary’s gateway build was a deceptively mild appearing 1955 Chevy two-door sedan he and his friends stuffed one BPM V12 730cid marine engine into. To go with the 1955’s unusual engine choice the Tri-five featured body modifications not often seen on a Tri-five Chevy including suicide doors camouflaged with stock position door handles, and an articulated forward tilting hood.
Gary’s twin V12 powered 1957 Chevy project began with bits and body parts Duane Yates had, the doors are from a 1957 Pontiac, the front fenders and rear quarter panels Danchuk, and the roof being the car’s only body part that left the factory as a 1957 Chevy. Gary attributes 95 percent of the work on the 24 cylinder 1957 Chevy being done by “master builder and fabricator, Dale Pelvit” of Pelco Metalfab The frame started out with Alston’s Chassisworks tubular front and rear suspensions Dale connected with 2 x 3-inch rectangular tubing. Reminiscent of an early 60’s Funny Car the 1957 has a one inch longer than standard 115-inch wheelbase with the front and rear wheels moved forward eight inches. Plumbing materials are being sourced from Earl’s.
Additional trick products from Chris Alston’s Chassisworks include a 9-inch Ford rearend with 4.56 gears, a Detroit Locker, and Strange 35-spline axles is housed in an Alston Fab-9 housing suspended by a drag race style parallel four-link with wishbone track locator. Wild is the only word that should be used to describe the cantilevered QA1 Aluma Matic coilover shock absorbers visibly protruding through the rear package shelf. Wilwood 11-inch disc brakes are in place front and rear. One look at the giant rear 35x22.50-16LT Hoosier tires mounted on 16x16-inch Bogart Fly wheels and one might get the impression the tires are race only, but a minimal number of treads and a DOT rating make them okay for street use. Up front 26x7.50-15LT Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires are mounted on 15x4 Bogart Fly wheels.
Further unusual features, the double a-arm front suspension functions with remote pushrod activated QA1 coilovers. A pair of Alston Mustang II 2-inch drop spindles steers via an ididit column with Mustang II rack and pinion manual steering.
The dual BMW V12 engines are reminiscent of the old Miller Indy cars with tandem Miller engines. The 328-inch engines add up to a total of 656 cubes and use four Holley 4160 four-barrel carbs mounted on a custom built Pelco single plane short ram style intake manifolds. Internally the two V-12 engines are built to stock BMW high-performance specifications.
To unite the output of both engines a combining gearbox was custom built by Atlas Tractor of Blaine, Minnesota. The transmission harnessing both engines is 700-R4 built by Bendtsen’s Speed Gems. Thermo Tec is used throughout interior spaces to muffle and suppress the blood curdling zoological sounds the 1957’s twenty-four-cylinder powertrain will emit.