The Best Chevy 2-door Hardtop Steel Body for your Restoration!

developerProductsMarch 17, 20180 Comment


The older, vintage cars are entirely beautiful, with their vintage grace. They stand out anywhere you go, and they’d always be attracting admirers. For this reason, everyone loves these cars and wants to own them. Some of them, however, own these cars ever since the time they first came out and became popular. If you belong to that category, then it is quite possible that your car has been rusted and worn out by now. For this reason, you’d want to restore your car and to have it renewed so that your car will look new and shine like it really is. However, restoration processes can be time-consuming as well as can drain your money like it is water. For this reason, many people do not get into that procedure.

1955 Chevy Body

But it’s always convenient if you can find a package which includes most of the parts of the car. This greatly helps in making sure that you have everything you need, already assembled for you, with all of the parts having a consistently high quality and an affordable price for all of it.

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1955 Chevy Body with Dash, Quarter Panels, Doors & Deck Lid

This is a brand new steel skeleton for the Chevy 1955 2-door Hardtop, which comes with several other additional features and makes the job infinitely easier for you to come through with. To add on to it, all of the materials and parts are really high quality, which actually makes sure that you don’t have a single issue with any of them.

1955 Chevy 2-Door Hardtop Body Skeleton

Features of 1955 Chevy Steel Body:

  • The body is completely made of steel, including parts which are all brand new.
  • The steel used is very high quality and known to be 25% better than the original body.
  • The skeleton also includes the dash, the top skin, and the drip rails.
  • The tailplane and quarter panels have already been installed in the Chevy Skeleton, which makes it even more convenient as so many parts have already been assembled and installed into the skeleton.
  • All of the parts have been assembled under extreme supervision and with expert hands, using the latest technology in order to make sure that everything is in line with today’s world, and everything is updated.

1955 Chevy Body skeleton


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American Classic Car Icons: The Tri-Five Chevrolet

JohnCool CarsApril 5, 20170 Comment

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

Black Tri-5 Chevy Truck


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!

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

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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.

Tri-5 Chevy Banner


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.

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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.

Old Tri-Five Ad


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 became 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.

57 chevy nomad


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…


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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…


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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

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Soon, the newly 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.

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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 


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