Out back, the control arms are also made from 1-1/8-inch mild steel tubes. The rear brakes are sourced from GM, as Wilwood doesn't make inboard brake systems. The rear brakes are also huge in size, to help bring the vintage iron down for triple digit speeds with ease.
A unique attribute to the Kugel IRS is its use of two shocks per side for even better handling and ride characteristics. Action Powder Coating covered the frame and control arms in black for protection from the elements. The final piece to keeping the '55 glued to the asphalt are American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with BF Goodrich G-Force TA rubber. The front wheels are 18x8 with 245/40-18 tires while the back has a pair of 18x11s wrapped with 235/35-18 shoes.
The drivetrain had to be fast and reliable, so Dave turned to PCHS Racing Engines for an LS3. The shop bored and stroked its way to 427ci, then added ported LS3 heads, a Hogans sheetmetal intake manifold, and a healthy camshaft that checks in around 0.680-inch lift and 246/252 degrees of duration.
A Holley Dominator EFI system is responsible for keeping the engine running strongly. Pampena Motorsports was tapped for tuning the Holley EFI system, and the car lays down 460 rwhp through the 4L80-E transmission, which was built by CK Transmissions and has a Pro Torque torque converter inside it. The trans was built to take anything Dave could throw at it, as it is essentially a modernized TH400 with an overdrive gear. American Racing Headers built a custom set of headers and exhaust system to keep the LS3 rumbling nicely. The 460 rwhp chassis dyno reading works out to roughly 540-550 hp at the crankshaft, enough to have fun, but not get in too much trouble.
Mechanically, the car handles like it is on rails and has enough power to outrun most cars on the road. The interior is hidden behind the tinted windows and what you cannot see is the brand-new guts. It is very comfortable and combines modern amenities with the original style--after all, the car's main purpose is to cruise anywhere and everywhere so it has to be up to date and cozy. The original seats were redone by High Performance Interiors and wrapped in fresh black leather. The company also added heat to the front seats for those harsh New York winter days.
The rest of the interior was freshened up and made new thanks to a host of original and aftermarket parts and pieces. A custom sound system was hidden behind the stock doorskins and dashboard. In addition to the heated seats, there is air conditioning, and the factory levers control it all.
Don't let the outside finish fool you because what you cannot see is what matters most to Dave--the handling, comfort, power, and reliability--no wax required.