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Pro-Mod Styled 1955 Chevy Bel Air Packs a Punch

Chuck Vranas Jul 22, 2016 0 Comment(s)
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When growing up its easy to get involved in something to the point where your passions take you to an extreme level, wanting to always be on the cutting-edge of creativity. For Peter and George Bourikas of Quincy, Massachusetts, it all started in their parent's home garage where the pair would spend late nights in what resembled a mad scientist's laboratory, cutting up junkyard muscle bikes to create street choppers with killer rakes and mile-long frontends. Adding all the latest custom parts and coating them in metalflake paints, the bikes were just the tip of the iceberg as the pair moved along a path of fabrication and design.

As they moved onto high school, their first automotive effort was a 1969 Camaro Z-28 packed with an 8-71 huffed small-block Chevy linked to a Muncie four-speed trans. Taking the car to another level they added custom body mods and coated it in candy blue. It soon became a contender at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, as well as a force to be reckoned with on the street. They later opened Perfection Auto Repair, a high-line body shop in their town catering to collision work, never loosing their thirst for custom vehicles.

02 Comp Cams Street Shaker 1955 Chevy Bel Air Rear Three Quarter View 660x440 2/4

As they years passed numerous builds would pass through the shop. While working on a twin-turbo Buick V-6 powered 1927 Ford roadster project they were approached by a customer who had a 1955 Chevy Bel Air he was looking to sell. After talking, both parties expressed interest in each others projects as rollers. A deal was made and the Chevy now sat in the shop as a bare canvas. Having always been fans of Pro-Street cars it was time to set a plan for the Bel Air, this time with a massive twist as they decided to design an NHRA certified Pro-Mod styled car for the street.

03 Comp Cams Street Shaker 1955 Chevy Bel Air Engine Overview 660x440 3/4

If you're planning on making a statement, you'd better do your homework. Camco Racing Engines of Weymouth assembled a fire-breathing 535ci big-block, bored and stroked to perfection. They filled it with a speed shop full of go-fast goods including a Crower crank linked to Manley Pro Series I-Beam rods wearing 12:1 Keith Black slugs. A COMP Cam sets the beat while Brodix aluminum heads make plenty of power and MSD lights the fire. Up top a Dart dual-quad tunnel ram was converted to EFI by Kinsler Fuel Injection and topped with an Enderle bug catcher. Spent gasses dump through custom headers by Tubular Automotive to a TCD 4-inch steel exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. The goods move through a massaged TH400 trans by Triangle Transmission of Quincy to a custom driveshaft. Kinsler then dynoed the engine at a stout 800hp.

06 Comp Cams Street Shaker 1955 Chevy Driver Bel Air Seat 660x440 4/4

Inside its all business with a custom dash by Gamache filled with a gauge insert by TCD packing carbon fiber dials from Auto Meter while a Grant steering wheel sets the course. A Painless Performance switch panel handles all commands combined with a matching harness. For comfort a set of Kirkey racing seats were covered in a classic black vinyl diamond pattern by Carello Auto Upholstery of Warwick, Rhode Island, who also crafted the matching side panels and square weave carpet. This is one evil Chevy that's ready to rule the streets and we dig it!

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