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Week To Wicked: 1955 Chevy – Day One Build Recap

We get busy building a 1955 Chevy for the CPP Super Chevy Week To Wicked Presented by Golden Star Classic Auto Parts.

Steven Rupp Sep 17, 2019
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As an ancient proverb states; every journey begins with a single step, and Monday is when we take that step in our CPP Super Chevy Week To Wicked Presented by Golden Star Classic Auto Parts. This time around we're building a sweet "1955" Chevy. Why the quotes? Well, our '55 body was crafted together out of new sheetmetal from Golden Star and will be sitting on a completely aftermarket chassis provided by CPP. Add in all of the other aftermarket bits from companies such as American Legend, BASF, Bowler, Covercraft, Dakota Digital, Danchuk, Eaton, E-Stopp, Falken, Gandrud Chevrolet, Hot Rods By Dean, Cold Air Products, Painless, TMI, and United Pacific and the end result is a 1955 created from 100-percent new parts! No rust, no damage from time and Mother Nature, just a sweet clean canvas for us to work with.

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Now, we not taking a stack of metal and turning it into a car in 5 days, that's just nuts, but since we normally start these projects with an already running car we tried to get our starting point somewhere in that ballpark. So we have a week to turn a trimmed out and glass-filled shell into a running driving ride. It's a lot of work, but we dig a challenge.

Powering our '55 will be a modern LT1 mill from Gandrud Chevrolet backed up by a sweet-shifting six-speed Magnum from Bowler. Definitely an upgrade from what a 1955 came with from the factory.

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So while we didn't have to tear down the car on day one we still had a ton of parts to organize and get going. First up was installing the front Totally Tubular CPP control arms along with CPP's new sealed bearing spindles. The 2-inch-drop spindles use modern Corvette style heavy duty sealed bearing and accept CPP's big 14-inch brake kit. In the rear we have CPP's brand new triangular four-link setup. The kit incorporates double-adjustable Viking shocks on all four corners along with CPPs high-clearance sway bar kit. The frame we mentioned, also aftermarket, is built and sold by CPP. It's based on a factory chassis, but has a few upgrades and in this case came ready to rock their new triangulated four-link suspension.

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With a little luck we might even get the LT1 engine bolted to the frame today which will make us feel like we we're almost there, but as past builds have shown us; there's always a lot more to do that you think.

We're sure there will be speedbumps along the way, but that's just part of the Challenge. Look for recap stories all week long as well updates on our Facebook channel and, of course, Instagram postings.

Step By Step

Photography by Steven Rupp

 

AA Customs
614.504.8868
aacustomsohio.com

American Legend Wheels
714.524.3100
americanlegendwheels.com

BASF
800.201.1605
refinish.basf.us

Bowler Transmissions
618.943.4856
bowlertransmissions.com

Covercraft
866.320.1240
covercraft.com

Classic Performance Products (CPP)
714.522.2000
classicperform.com

Dakota Digital
800.593.4160
dakotadigital.com

Danchuk
800.648.9554
danchuk.com

Eaton
248-226-6200
eaton.com

E-Stopp
888.688.6348
estopp.com

Falken Tires
800.723.2553
falkentire.com

Ganrud Chevrolet
888.284.7491
gmperformancemotor.com

Golden Star Classic Auto Parts
972.315.3758
goldenstarauto.com

Hot Rods By Dean
623.581.1932
hotrodsbydean.com

Old Air Product
817.531.2665
oldairproducts.com

Painless Performance Products
817.244.6212
painlessperformance.com

Real Deal Steel
407.585.1957
realdealsteel.com

TMI Products
tmiproducts.com
951.272.1996

United Pacific
866.327.5288
uapac.com

 

Sources

American Legend Wheels
714-524-3100
http://americanlegendwheels.com/
BASF
800-825-3000
http://www.basfpaintnews.com
Covercraft
Pauls Valley, OK
800-426-8377
http://www.covercraft.com
CPP Classic Performance Products
Buena Park, CA
Dakota Digital
Sioux Falls, SD
800-593-4160
http://www.dakotadigital.com
Danchuk
800-648-9554
http://www.danchuk.com
Eaton
Cleveland, OH
800-386-1911
http://www.eaton.com
Falken Tires
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
Golden Star Auto
972-315-3758
http://www.goldenstarauto.com/
Hot Rods By Dean
Phoenix, AZ
623-581-1932
http://www.hotrodsbydean.com
Old Air Products
817-531-2665
http://www.oldairproducts.com
Painless Performance Products
Ft. Worth, TX
800-423-9696
http://www.painlessperformance.com
Real Deal Steel Bodies
855-567-1957
http://www.realdealsteel.com
TMI Products
Corona, CA
951-272-1996
http://www.tmiproducts.com/
United Pacific
Carson, CA
866-327-5288
http://uapac.com

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