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.
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.
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.
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
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