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1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible - The Big Top

Project American Heroes Gets Some Interior Touches And A Convertible Top

By Arvid Svendsen, Photography by Arvid Svendsen

Project American Heroes has chronicled the build of Cars inc.'s 1957 Chevrolet bel Air Convertible. Resting on a state-of-the-art Roadster Shop tri-Five chassis, and propelled by a Smeding performance 572 big-block motor and tCi transmission, the '57 promises exceptional ride and performance. but all that performance and driving pleasure would be severely hindered if we didn't have a safe and secure place to sit, so let's get to the interior and convertible top installation.

The months of the build of Project American Heroes has proven that these Cars Inc. convertible bodies are an incredible contribution to the old car hobby. Expect to see many of these '57 ragtops being built over the next few years. However, there are fears surrounding the convertible top mechanism. The thought of hunting down convertible top bows, tack strips, bushings, hydraulic cylinders and hoses might scare away even the most committed restorer from headaches.

No need to worry. Cars Inc. has come to the rescue by offering all the necessary convertible top parts necessary for Tri-Five Chevys (and many other Chevys as well). Completely assembled as delivered from Cars Inc., the top bow assembly produces superior convertible top operation that is quiet, smooth, and flawless.

Draped over the Cars Inc. convertible top bow assembly is a StayFast canvas top and rear glass window. The top features a black canvas exterior with a corresponding interior black fabric. Also included are: the canvas convertible top, brass zippers for the rear glass window and hide-em welt, chrome vicar clips and nails, a vinyl strip to re-cover the header, and a pair of long pads and side pads. Follow along as we install our Cars Inc. StayFast canvas top and custom interior, led by Twin City Upholstery geniuses Kent Biedenharn and Lonnie King.

By Arvid Svendsen
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