Regardless if you are planning out a fresh new build or updating your current ride, there’s one thing for sure, well-designed, cutting-edge parts can add plenty of visual appeal. The team at Eddie Motorsports has been engineering custom billet components for the automotive enthusiasts since 2009, utilizing their state-of-the art CNC mills and lathes to produce plenty of products for a number of Chevrolet and Ford models.
On a recent stop at Competition Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts, we met up with shop owner Peter Newell who was deep into the build of a Pro Touring 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Wanting to give the car an injection of style, he contacted Eddie Motorsports for their complete offering of billet aluminum upgrades. Being able to jettison mundane parts that were totally devoid of style in their factory form will make a big difference on the finished product.
Starting with their billet hood hinges crafted from 6061-T6 billet, it was time for the factory stamped steel hinges and springs to go. The new hinges feature your choice of finishes, including machined, fully polished, or custom Fusioncoat colors. They come ready to install with all hardware and choices of stainless steel nitrogen-filled gas support struts available in various strengths to support everything from steel to fiberglass and even carbon-fiber hoods. One often-overlooked area always seems to surround a car’s trunk for some odd reason. Often set up with factory hinges and torsional springs, they are far from eye appealing. Eddie Motorsports has come up with expertly crafted one-piece CNC-machined billet trunk hinges supported by nitrogen-filled gas shocks that install in a snap.
Another area of the Tri-Five to benefit from a facelift was the hood bracing as well as the hood latch and support as well as the hood bumpers. Easy removal of the factory parts allowed for the installation of the stunning new billet aluminum pieces to add just the right amount of dazzle to accent the engine compartment.
We wrapped up the installation with a pair of their direct-replacement door handles, also machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum. Thanks to the ease of installation it didn’t take long for all the enhancements to add just the right amount of allure to the Bel Air.
Eddie Motorsports also offers one of the most trick serpentine pulley drive systems on the market today with their S-Drive system. Machined from high-quality aluminum, it comes complete with everything you need to make the conversion to a single six-rib serpentine belt, including all pulleys and components. Certainly something to consider when looking to dress up your engine bay.
01. Here’s a sample of the bitchin polished billet parts available for your Tri-Five from Eddie Motorsports. Included are hood and trunk hinges, door handles, stainless-steel hood adjusters, hood brace and side supports, and hood latch and support.
02. It’s a good idea to note your hood fitment prior to removal. It’s also important to have help during the hood removal process. Here you can see the stamped steel stock hood brace and side supports in place along with the hood latch. Over the years a bit of surgery had been performed to the brace for clearance issues.
03. This close-up lets you see that the brace and side supports were set in place at the factory using rivets, which will need to be removed for our installation.
04. With masking tape and a felt tip pen, we marked the rivets needing to be removed.
05. Peter Newell of Competition Specialties got started using a small air-powered cutoff wheel to begin the removal of the factory rivets. Note that the hood is resting atop a padded stand. We are all about safety, so don’t forget to wear eye protection while performing this process.
06. Once the rivets were removed, Newell used a small circular grinder topped with an 80-grit disc to deburr and clean up the area.
07. With the rivets removed from both sides of the hood, he then followed with a slotted screwdriver to pry the hood sides and the main brace apart.
08. Here you can see the hood side with the rivets and brace removed after Newell cleaned up the surfaces.
09. Next, to complete the removal of the hood brace, the two rivets securing the hood latch mechanism to the front of the hood were removed using a small cutoff wheel. The areas were then deburred and cleaned with an 80-grit disc.
10. Here you can see the stock hood brace and latch removed from the hood.
11. With the factory hood brace removed, the hood latch is still part of the unit. This will also need to be separated.
12. Newell continued on with the small circular grinder to remove the remaining rivets, separating the brace from the hood latch.
13. The original brace can now be discarded; the hood latch mechanism will be reused.
14. You can see just how cool the new highly polished CNC machined hood brace and side supports are, machined from billet aluminum and treated to cutting-edge styling.
15. Newell began assembly of the new hood brace using the supplied hardware. Here he is attaching the new polished support bracket to the side of the hood brace.
16. The simple, clean installation looks trick once in place.
17. With the Eddie Motorsports hood brace installed, you can appreciate the immediate difference the well-designed part makes.
18. Newell then followed by installing the complementing polished billet hood brace supports.
19. With the new parts installed, it’s easy to see just how cool they look and how alluring they will be once the car is put into final paint.
20. Next, it was time to remove the factory stamped-steel hood hinges and springs. In order to install the new Eddie Motorsports units, the pictured seam on the firewall running parallel to the hinge mount required trimming with a cutoff wheel to prevent it from interfering with the actuation of the hinge strut.
21. Here you can see the expertly crafted CNC machined hood hinges made from high-quality 6061-T6 billet aluminum. The hinges come with polished stainless steel nitrogen-filled gas struts and sealed bearings and are available in varying strengths to accommodate all types of hoods, including steel, fiberglass, and carbon-fiber.
22. The hinge was then installed using the supplied polished stainless steel mounting hardware.
23. With assistance, the hood was then mounted to the new hinges and adjusted for fitment.
24. There’s no better way to add just the right amount of brilliance under the hood than by replacing the mundane stock stamped-steel hinges and springs with these units from Eddie Motorsports.
25. Here you can appreciate the newfound good looks under the hood of the ’55 with the hinges and hood brace and brace supports in place.
26. To add even more allure under the hood, Eddie Motorsports machines these trick polished stainless-steel hood adjusters that look slick and will never rust or corrode. They are also available in machined finish.
27. Simply remove the original stock units and replace them with the killer ones from Eddie Motorsports to add even more impact under the hood.
28. Tired of looking at your boring stock door handles? Check out these cool units crafted from solid chunks of 6061-T6 billet aluminum. They’re one-piece, have a wicked look, and are available in polished, machine finish, or Fusioncoat in a number of colors.
29. Being the new units are a direct replacement for the stock handles, installation is a snap.
30. The new handles have an added bit of glamour for your project or completed car, giving it a well-deserved enhancement over stock.
31. If you’re working hard to make a statement with your car, you’d better not forget to give the trunk a facelift. Eddie Motorsports spotlighted the uninspiring stock trunk hinges and torsional springs and came up with a classy alternative. Their CNC-machined solid billet aluminum trunk hinges come in a variety of finishes and include everything you’ll need to complete the job.
32. Here you can see the polished version with the supplied high-quality nitrogen-filled gas shocks for perfect support of the trunk lid.
33. It’s a good idea to have some help when taking on the installation for the trunk lid removal and reinstallation. Once you have noted the fitment of the lid, remove it along with the hinges and torsional springs. Our application required a 5/16-inch hole be drilled 3/4-inch from the back of the hinge bracket and 1 3/4-inch down from the package tray.
34. The hinges were then installed in place with the supplied hardware.
35. Bolt the trunk lid back in place using the supplied new hardware.
36. The new hinges have given the trunk area a whole new personality and operate smoothly when assisted by the new nitrogen-filled gas shocks.
37. Another upgrade was the addition of this trick two-piece polished solid billet aluminum hood latch and support.
38. The latch and support are a direct replacement for the stock steel unit and was a simple upgrade that yielded amazing results.