Project X, the 1957 Chevy 210, has been a magazine icon since 1961—55 years. It’s been on numerous covers and even had a cameo in the 1980 Hollywood Knights film. Now it’s about to make its debut on HOT ROD Garage, our YouTube web show.
The Chevy is getting a heart transplant. We are taking it back to its roots, pulling the old 427ci ZL1 big-block and putting in a new compacted-graphite iron LSX376 B-15 with a 6-71 Roots blower.
Putting an LSX in the 1957 makes sense because we’re putting an LSX into Project X—get it?. So, yes, the engine choice offers a clever play on words (or letters rather), but it also gives us a chance to take advantage of modern technology with a classic formula for making big power.
HOT ROD Garage’s Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa have been hard at work on Project X. They used a foam mock-up engine to do a preliminary fit of the LSX to check for fitment. With it, they are able to install the headers and make sure they have enough clearance for steering components and other accessories.
The mock LSX engine also gave everyone a chance to see the blower at home in the engine bay of the 1957—right where it should be.
When everything is looking good, they can go ahead and drop in the real LSX. So keep your eyes out for that episode of HOT ROD Garage to air on Motor Trend On Demand and YouTube in the near future.
In the meantime, check out the photo gallery for a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of HOT ROD Garage and Project X!