1960 Chevy Bel Air - Blue Bombshell

When Gael Benson Purchased This '60 Bel Air, She Planned To Build A Daily Driver To Attend Local Cruise Nights. Thirteen Months Later She Had A Full-Blown Show Car.

Isaac Mion Oct 1, 2010 0 Comment(s)

Corvette-type suspension carries through to the front with an independent all-aluminum air bag set up from Ridetech. The Shockwaves 1000 system ensures that the Bel Air can command more positions than a director in the San Fernando Valley.

The rollers that this body gets slammed down upon are Billet Specialties Stilletos. Measuring 20x8 fore and 22x10 aft, they are wrapped in BFGoodrich KDW meats measuring 245/35 and 285/35 respectively. It almost seems a shame that the sheer massive size of the rear double deuce has to be covered up, but it would be sacrilege to cut up the clean line of the rear fender well.

If you thought that a stock motor might reside underhood of this baby blue bomber you would be wrong. Lift the lid and you'll see the end result of Lebanon N.J.'s Engine Factory. A 350 bored 0.030-over and stroked 3.75 with shot-peened, stress-relieved rods, heavy-duty Trimetal bearings and Hypereutectic pistons.

"The engine sat so high because of the C4 suspension we had to fabricate a custom air cleaner at the last minute," said Dave.

Mods to the motor don't stop there. From the Scat steel stroker to the Edelbrock camshaft to the Hooker headers, the sum of the parts equals this: 447hp at 5,500 rpm and 454 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. A '95 700R4 tranny handles shifts,

While Bella is bouncing off the rev limiter, the driver is cool as a cucumber in the pearl-white, leather clad interior with white Mercedes carpet. More U.S.S. Enterprise than Chevy Bel Air, white leather extends to the dash where it conceals a hidden video monitor surrounded by carbon-fiber and white leather inserts.

"The interior was tricky because of the independent rear suspension," said Dave. "The tunnel had to be built so tall the seats had to be heavily modified."

While Gael mentioned that the hardest part of the build-up for her was writing the checks to Kindig-it. Dave also mentioned that finding the trim for a low-end car from that era took a fair amount of ferreting about.

Of course, just like all automotive articles must come to a halt, this Bel Air uses 13.5-inch discs and six-piston Baer brakes for stopping.




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