I love to share my story. I fell in love with the ‘57 Chevrolet after watching them perform at a local drag race event around the St. Louis area. Every article I could read about the ‘57 found my way into the house. Magazine after magazine. What to look for, etc etc. Then I read about putting a big block in a ‘57 and now I was hooked. So on a mission I went.
Coming back to work one day I saw this '57 Bel Air sitting on the back of a used car lot in South St. Louis. Went back and looked at it, a 6 cylinder powerglide 2-tone Bel Air. Very little rust on the car. When I inquired about it the owner of the lot told me it doesn't run and I basically said I didn't care if it did. When I asked how much, he said $ 50.00 and I said SOLD.
That was in 1970. I still own the car and in 2005 I started a 5 year restoration process with a complete frame off. Every part on the car was painted, plated or polished. The engine is a 427 bored 30 over with a stout hydraulic lift cam with roller rockers. It features the original Hurst big block conversion kit for a’ 57, 2.5" dropped spindles on the front, 4 wheel disc brakes, 4 speed, Edelbrock manifold and Holly 770 Avenger carb, front and rear sway bars by CPP, traction bars from Summit Racing, Mallory ignition and lots of parts from Danchuk and Classic Chevy. All paint and body work was done by myself and I even created a $150.00 paint booth in my garage that worked like a charm. The interior is from a Chrysler 300 utilizing 8 way power seats in the front and the standard 300 rear seat which has all been reupholstered. Auto Meter gauges light up the dash at night with the green glow to match the car. The car is adorned with Crager Wire Wheels.
The car has been a winner, including Best of Show at my first event and since then has won two more Best of Shows, and 10 first place awards including Best Paint. I am very proud of my ‘57 as it's been a labor of love for 42 years now.
One last thing, according to the state of Missouri, I am the original owner of the car due to the loss of state records in the late 60's. That's pretty cool!