Daily Features

JUNE 2017: 1954 CHEVY—MIX AND MATCH BECAUSE THE ROOF LINE IS A LITTLE OLDER

By on June 19, 2017
IMG_0023

 IMG_0023

 

The best customs are built around a mix and match attitude.

 

Some mix and match concepts don’t work—think 1962 VW Beetle with ’59 Cadillac fins grafted on the rear fenders.

 

That’s a visual nightmare but the custom guys with real talent build cars like this incredible 1954 Chevy.

 

Ed La Belle is the proud owner of this classic custom and he was quick to point out the history of the build. Ed admitted he bought it “this way” and he gives full credit to the previous owner who put in the hard work to get this Chevy to this level.

 

IMG_0024

 

The project was done, “a little bit at a time over ten years” and the owner “didn’t want the memories” after his wife passed away. Ed found the car in a search for a ’57 Ford Ranchero—he saw this Chevy and he “freaked out” when he saw it.

 

The only problem was distance because this car was in Delaware and Ed was in Arizona but that didn’t stop him from flying in to see this custom Chevy. The car was in his garage a few weeks later.

 

ad-MSCC Logo

 

Ed took care of a few details like the lakeside pipes (he took them off) and he had the front end looked at for any issues. The car was rock solid because it only needed a couple of ball joints and an alignment.

 

IMG_0020

 

Ed couldn’t believe the detail that went into this build. The roof was donated from a 1950 Chevy Fleetline and subsequently chopped. There’s a non-factory slant to the roof line thanks to a forward slant on the B-pillar.

 

The bumpers were turned upside down and the bolts were removed to give them a much cleaner smooth look.  There are extra teeth in the grille and the hood has some custom touches and Ed was happy to report this classic “was done in lead”.

 

IMG_0022

 

There’s a Mustang II front end on this beauty and it’s all 1986 IROC Camaro power train with a 700-R from the engine back.  This combination makes it “beautiful to drive” and the gas mileage is “pretty decent” too.

 

Ed loves his time behind the wheel and he hits a lot of local weekly shows but he has done a longer run (300 miles) in this incredible car. He loves the power steering, power brakes and air conditioning so these runs are very civilized.

 

IMG_0025

 

Every car guy likes to put his own stamp on a custom car and Ed is no exception. He’s a huge fan of Buick Nailhead engines and he has one that’s destined for this Chevy. It’s a Buick 425 and it’s on the engine  stand now en route to a complete rebuild (40 over) and a tri-carb setup.

 

IMG_0023

 

Ed is happy with the IROC small block but he wants something a little more unique with a “lot more grunt” under the hood of this ’54 Chevy. There’s little doubt a tri-carb Nailhead will make this unique Chevy even more outstanding.

 

IMG_0018

 

This is a big jobEd described it as “a major undertaking  because you have to take off the front clip and fab up motor mounts” but that’s why they call them custom cars.

 

In the end, Ed loves this ’54 Chevy but it required a few tweaks to make it his own personal statement—that’s how mix and match customs work.

 

Jerry Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

 

Please re-post this if you like this article.

print
64629 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

bl-imgp4854

DECEMBER 16, 2014: DOES WHAT IS UNDER THE HOOD REALLY MATTER? …YOU BET IT DOES

  We at MSCC are not really judgmental when it comes to old rides.   After all, it boils down to personal choice and different budget levels when it...

December 16, 2014 View more...
ch-14122014 35425 pm

DECEMBER 2014: IS THERE A LESSON FOR CAR GUYS IN ‘A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS’?

  ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ has been a holiday favorite since 1965.   A few of us have watched it every year since we were kids roughly the same...

December 14, 2014 View more...
tv- 12122014 12215 pm

DECEMBER 14, 2014: SIX OBSCURE RIDES YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER FROM OLD TV COP SHOWS

  TV and law enforcement dramas have gone together since the first day a producer realized people love cop shows.   Ratings were important from the beginning and TV...

December 14, 2014 View more...
1947 matching fridge 12-002

DECEMBER 8, 2014: RED DEER CAR GUYS GET BEHIND THEIR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

  Christmas is referred to as a time of giving and that is a concept Red Deer, AB car guys embrace in a big way every year.   They...

December 8, 2014 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

My Star logo1-001

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2017   Welcome to the newest feature at MyStarCollectorCar.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
IGP2993-NOVA SC

CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS

  CONTACT MSCC ABOUT YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS, CLUB MEETINGS AND CLUB RELATED EVENTS   Have you already scheduled your car show for 2017?   “Send MSCC the information...

October 26, 2015 View more...
IMGP0377-001

AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY: JIM PICKS HIS FAVORITE RIDES FROM SUMMER 2017

  This article may be the toughest assignment I have ever given myself here at MyStarCollectorCar because I loved every vintage car and truck this past summer.   There is still some summer left for us at MyStar so we will revisit this topic again at the end of the car show year, but right See More

MSCC AUGUST 16 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY—AN EASY ONE?

2017 MSCC “WHAT’S IT?”   WEDNESDAY MSCC What’s It? Wednesday is back for 2017.   This is a weekly guessing game for car guys and it was one of the most popular new MSCC features in 2016.       MSCC AUGUST 16 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY—AN EASY ONE?   This one should be a puffball for See More

FIVE REASONS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR LOVES ITS NEW FORMAT

  MSCC fired up our new format in August, 2015 are now celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the best format decision ever made here at MyStarCollectorCar.com.   The new format took plenty of trial and a lot of error before we found our mojo with the revamped website.   The new format is based upon See More

MSCC WANTS YOUR CAR SHOW INFO- UH NOPE-WRONG-WE’RE BEGGING FOR IT

  The secret to a great car show is massive exposure.   MSCC can give your event massive exposure-but we need your help to make your show a home run with car guys.   There are good reasons why MyStarCollectorCar is number one in a Google Canada search for monthly car shows and events.   See More

Editor’s Picks

IMGP7176-001

THE GUILD GARAGE: WHEN A HALF HOUR CAR SHOW JUST SEEMS LIKE AN HOUR

  Restoration Garage always lived up to its non-car guy producers’ goal to produce a docu-drama.   The producers appeared to believe in the standard TV playbook wherein a...

August 3, 2017 View more...
IMG_1451

MSCC AUGUST 2017 ROAD WARRIORS—ON THE ROAD WITH A BOATLOAD OF COOL

  Road warriors are the truest celebration of the car hobby.   There’s a fair amount of risk because an old C-body Chrysler doesn’t stop, handle or change lanes...

July 31, 2017 View more...
IMGP8955-001

CHEERS TO YOU–IT AIN’T EASY BEING A VOLUNTEER AT A CAR SHOW

  Volunteers are a special group of people because they are willing to tackle a thankless job and donate their time to a particular cause.   They are the...

July 24, 2017 View more...
5

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE

WELCOME TO MSCC FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE GREAT SONGS WITH SUMMER IN THE TITLE   MyStarCollectorCar never stands still—that’s the nature of the hobby because old iron that stands still...

July 20, 2017 View more...

Car Shows and Events

IGP2993-NOVA SC
CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS

CONTACT US TO LIST YOUR 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS info@mystarcollectorcar.com 724751 Total Views 39 Views Today

June 23, 2017
165ce9588de34a61a8112aaf9a57c456_1-001
MICHENER ALLEN AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017: ’73 CHALLENGER

MICHENER ALLEN COLLECTOR AUCTION AUGUST 19, 2017   1973 Dodge Challenger 2 Dr       Make:   Dodge   Model: Challenger Drivetrain:          RWD     Ext Color:            Blue Engine:...

June 19, 2017
phpThumb_generated_thumbnailpng red deer
10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW

 10TH ANNUAL RED DEER FALL FINALE & SPEED SHOW     COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION – CLASSIC CAR AUCTION The 10th Annual Fall Finale Classic Car Auction September 8th-10th, 2016 –...

April 21, 2017
IMGP0377-001
AUGUST 2017 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS: MyStarCollectorCar

  It’s never too early to contact us about your club or community car show for 2017. Get your listing to us and take advantage of the exposure you’ll...

October 9, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive