American Classic Car Icons: The Tri-Five Chevrolet

JohnCool CarsApril 5, 20170 Comment

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There is no doubt that the Tri-Five Chevrolet is the most iconic American car.


It has long the favorite with the hot rod and collector crowd and John Russo at Palm Beach Custom’s first car was a ’57 Chevy (learn more about us here).


This classic car has recently attained automotive immortality status. How do we know?


Well, they’re making brand new tri-five chevrolets from scratch!



See an All New Steel Body for a Tri-Five Chevrolet Being Built...


For a little over $180,000 you can buy new 1957 Bel Air 2-Door Sedan, Hardtop, or Convertible assembled from GM licensed reproduction steel bodies and parts. We’re building them at Palm Beach Customs in Florida at our shop – see our Tri-Five Chevy Build Here if you’re curious.


Order your Tri Five Chevrolet



The history behind the ’57 Chevy (and its ’55 – ’56 predecessors) really cool (we think) and worth know if you’re interested in these American icons.


Beginning with the 1955 Chevy


The ’55 Chevy model was completely new in every way when it was first introduced to the public. Especially if you think about the soon-to-be legendary small-block V8 engine it came with.


The ’55 – ’57 was surprisingly compact, especially compared to its successors in later years. At 196 inches long and 72 inches wide and weighing in at a light 3150lbs this size car was what many Americans at the time (and today) prefer.


With the Chevy’s upright-style seating, there was room for about 6 people. Unfortunately by today’s standards, the 1955 Chevy might seem a bit small for 6 people.


This balanced package of size, weight and dimensions paired with good performance, efficiency and easy handling was never again replicated. The Big Three (Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler) were determined to churn out lower, longer, wider and heavier models.

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Tri-Chevrolet Small Block V8 Engine Stood Above the Rest


Chevy’s all-new small block V8 is an important player the Tri-Five Chevy history. It was the most advanced American engine produced during this time due to the compact size, light weight (from new thin-wall casting techniques) and its efficient cylinder head design.


This Chevy small block engine becomed the most produced engine in history - over 90 million! In 1955, in the ’55 Chevy, its lively performance, smoothness and efficiency were appreciated at the start.


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Further, compared to the competition produced by Ford and Chrysler, the ‘55 Chevy just looked clean, sophisticated and upscale. Sales jumped almost 50% and eager buyers got their hands on 1.7 million of these cars.


Introducing the 1957 Chevy...


By 1957, the small block V8 grew to 283 cubic inches. The fuel-injected version cranked-out up to 283 horsepower. With a power-to-weight ratio comparable to today’s WRX, these cars hauled ass to say it simply!


Check out this old 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Commerical...



The tri-five Chevy quickly replaced the ’32 Ford and the flathead V8 as the iconic generational car and the hot-rod legend was born.


The Race Between Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler – the end of the Tri-Five Chevy Era


Ford and Chrysler were determined to beat GM and they rolled out completely different cars that were longer-lower-wider 1957 models. Because the Chevy had been all-new in 1955, GM decided to simply tack on a face-lift to the 55-56 Chevy. But no one was fooled that this was a new car, the ’57 Chevy was just a ’56 that sported fins.


However, this inability to beat Ford and Chrysler became a critical step to the eventual beatification of the ’57 Chevy.


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Sure enough, the Chevrolet got clobbered as Ford went for the gold for the first time since 1929.


But the all-new Fords, and the “Suddenly it’s 1960” 1957 Plymouths and Dodges were horribly built. Doors sagged, windows didn’t seal, and water leaks were characteristic - especially in the Chrysler models.


Meanwhile, the little Chevy, now in its third year of production remained as solid as a brick house.


1955 Chevrolet Production Line...




The huge Chrysler cars drove GM to replace their all-new ’58 models with the batwing look.


In just two years’ time, Chevys became huge barges like their competitors, sufficiently losing the excellent build quality and performance.



The race between the Big Three to build oversized vehicles resulted in cars that were no match in quality compared to the tri-five chevys.


The Start of the Tri-Five Chevrolet as an Iconic American Classic Car


Soon, the new winged land-yachts were being avoided by customers looking for a quality vehicle. Used tri-five Chevys were suddenly prized for their quality, trim size and good handling..


It’s surprising that Chevrolet has yet to bring back the set of classic ingredients that made the Tri-Five Chevys winners to this day.





Hope you liked this Post American Classic Car Icons: The Tri-Five Chevrolet. 


You might also like to read about another American Classic - the Lincoln Zephyr 


Steel Bodies for Tri Five Chevrolets in Florida

JohnClassic Car Restoration, New Car BuildsMarch 30, 20170 Comment

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Palm Beach Customs is Your Dealer for Steel Bodies for the Tri-5 Chevrolets in Florida


Looking for the new steel bodies for the tri five chevrolets in Florida? You've found the right place!


We deal in the Tri Five, i.e. 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevrolet steel body replacements.



What this video to learn more about the steel bodies for your Chevy Tri-Fives...




Steel Bodies for Tri Five Chevrolets Are at Palm Beach Customs...


Classic car aficionados admire these elegant cars - and we don't blame you.

In our Palm Beach Custom shop, we focus on these particular cars and their owners because that's where we started.



Watch a chevy steel body being built!




The bodies for tri five Chevrolets in Florida are built by Real Deal Steel, LDD., one of the best manufacturers located just miles from our shop in Ocala.

We sell high quality products, so you can be assured that these steel bodies are top of the line.

These are GM Licensed and built with more welds and thicker metal than the original bodies. 


If you want a steel replacement body (two-door sedan, hardtop or convertible),  a frame, a floor, an engine compartment, a door, a convertible top, or you are looking for custom restoration services, we are happy to be of help.



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Whatever questions you have about a steel body for your Chevy, our door is always open.



With Palm Beach Custom, you can design your own dream car from scratch with the steel bodies for the tri five chevrolets in florida. Read more about your options  >> Over Here <<



We offer a wide selection of body options




You can buy a complete steel body or just a firewall. You can buy the sheetmetal parts of your custom classic car, one by one, or you can let us do the work and build your dream car for you.



We have special offers for the steel bodies for tri five chevrolets in florida - like bright, high quality custom paints and front-end sheet metal packages...



Read more about the steel body for the Tri-Five Chevrolets HERE. 




If you liked this post about Steel Bodies for Tri Five Chevrolets in Florida we think you'd like to read about about our Steel Body Services at Palm Beach Customs to see what we can do for you as you start your dream build.

Tri 5 Chevrolet Steel Bodies, Parts, and Services in Palm Beach Customs Classic Car Restoration Shop Florida

JohnGallery, New Car BuildsMarch 1, 20171 Comment

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For the Tri 5 Chevys at Palm Beach Customs Classic Car Restoration Shop Florida…


Got a Tri 5 Chevrolet in mind?


The ’55, ’56, and ’57 Chevys are the ultimate classic!




In our classic car restoration shop Florida, we’ve made sure you can fill all your Tri 5 Chevy needs.





See a Chevy Being Built by Real Deal Steel…




Palm Beach Customs provides Chevy lovers with:


  • Steel Replacement Bodies (2 Door Sedan, Hardtop, and Convertible)
  • Car Parts
  • Custom Restoration Services


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Tri 5 Chevy Being Built on a Jig by the Real Deal Steel team



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Ready for Shipment to a Happy Client!




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1957 Chevy is all wrapped and placed on the truck for delivery…




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One of Palm Beach Customs’ many Tri-5 Chevy Restorations – pictured is a 1957 Chevy Nomad Wagon




You have numerous body options to choose from in our store.


We have the 1955-57 Sedan body either Hardtop or Convertible and you can order just the skeleton or a complete car that comes with the doors, quarter panels, and deck lid.



4 Recessed Smoothie Steel Firewall Upgrade
Pictured is the 4″ Recessed Smoothie Steel Firewall Upgrade available on all the Tri-Five Chevy Steel Bodies



Other options are to upgrade your firewall, have the body sealed in an epoxy primer, along with the options to add custom paint or have Palm Beach Customs do a full build for you.



We also have the front end sheetmetal packages!




Our classic car restoration shop florida really started with the Tri 5 Chevys. Check out the new steel body replacements to build your own classic car below!



Tri 5 Chevy Steel Body Options Here 


Tri 5 Chevy Parts Here 



Palm Beach Customs is happy to work with you to customize any steel body order – we actually have 3 stages available for you to choose from >> Read more here <<


  • Stage 1: Steel Body As Is
  • Stage 2: Steel Body with Custom Paint by Palm Beach Customs
  • Stage 3: Turn Key, Full Build of Your Steel Body


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