1972 Wasque Boat Restoration by Bud Gallup
June 26, 2018
The classic car restoration of a Tri-5 Chevy is how it all started here at Palm Beach Customs…..
John restored a 57′ Nomad wagon after picking it up at Carlisle Hershey Car Show in Pennsylvania. A total restoration was done after 2500 man hours and that led to John doing quite a few cars, and opening PBC.
Here is a video showing you photos of some classic car restorations done at PBC.
This restoration was done for Craig Walkins, the owner of Seattle Mariner. He grew up a Microsoft child and ended up being vice president. He also went to school with bill gates and a few of the other guys from New England area.
The 41′ Lincoln Zephyr has a V12 engine in it, all new braided wiring harness and gold plate on the dash. All the bezzles were gold plated and had a full leather hide from Europe. This was a 2500 man hour job.
Fun facts about the 41′ Lincoln Zephyr:
The 41′ Lincoln Zephyr was designed by Raymond Loewy, who also designed the Concord plane, the Coke bottle, and the Dominos logo. Loewy was hired by Ford to come up with a new design for the Lincoln and he did a great job. What’s so special about the car is that Ford decided to weld the body to the chassis, creating a Unibody and a heavy duty car.
Here is a video that shows an old Lincoln Zephyr commercial.
Below is a photo of the Lincoln Zephyr all done with restoration
Below is a good shot of the front of the car, you can also see the show quality paint shining very well
Cool Fact: The steering wheels were made out of soybean at the time before fiberglass, and when you ordered your car, the car comes gold plated
Below is John Russo standing with the restored Lincoln Zephyr
This restoration was a father and son project, originally painted with a brush back in 1927. You were lucky for Grey and Black and that car ended up being painted Yellow, Olive and Black tricolor with the golf doors. Pretty cool.
Below is a photo of the roadster in the shop in the Car-o Liner
Below is the roadster all taped and ready for paint
Below, you will see the first color (Yellow) being added to the car
Below you can see the Olive and Yellow paint that was decided for the car
We did this 51′ Silvercloud build for a local collector in Ft. Myers who owned a big company that did electrical systems for the U.S. defense before he retired. PBC helped bring his car back to life. We also did some mechanical and upholstery work on the project.
Here is the Rolls Royce finished with restoration.
At this stage, the Rolls is blocked out and ready for paint.
Below is the last moments of the Rolls Royce being in the shop.
Here is a video of the Rolls Roye being driven shortly after the completion of the restoration.
This El Dorado was one of the first front-wheel drive American cars and it was also kinda difficult to find parts for the car because they only made 17,000.
However, Lin Steel Rubber was able to come thru with some of the parts. They actually made a lot of the rubber pieces for the trunk, door jams, and garments to be able to put the car together. The car left with a 429 big block, all new wiring chrome, full paint, leather interior with embroidered caddie logos and new vinyl top.
Below is a nice photo of the front of the Cadillac, you can also see the show quality paint up close.
You can see the tires and another good shot of the reflective paint.
This was a 1936 Ford coupe five-window that John restored. It was done with an all original frame and had super bell front axel done old school with a small block Chevy turbo 400.
Below is a demonstrative photo of what the client wanted the car to look like.
Below you can see the steel body blocked off and ready for paint
Below is a photo of the restoration in progress, next is the parts assembly.
Palm Beach Customs is a classic and muscle car restoration shop in Palm Beach, Florida, with a special focus on Tri-Five Chevrolets.
We have plenty of experience with classic cars, we have restored and built thousands of them. We have been building custom classic cars since 1980. So feel free to check out the website and if there’s anything we can help you with, feel free to contact us.
We offer a variety of brand new car parts for classic cars, built by a Florida firm, Real Deal Steel. We have the classic car and muscle car steel bodies for Tri-Five Chevrolet, 1967, 1968, and 1969 models of Camaro, Mustang of 1967, 1968, and 1969, as well as the 1940 model of Ford Coupe.
Whatever classic car you have, you may worry about replacing car parts. You do not have to look for rare parts any longer. We already have what you are looking for. We have licensed General Motors, Ford, and Mopar steel bodies from reliable manufacturers, and we use high-quality car parts.
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If you want to build your classic automobile, we will do it step by step. You design your car, we build it from the car parts and sheet metal you select from our store.
We offer extras, like body fabs, chassis work, wheel tubs, and custom paint for your beautiful automobile.
With a classic V8 engine pumping 162 horsepower into the car, Chevrolet had seen its golden days in the Tri-Five Series.
The Chevy 150, 210, Bel Air and Nomad were referred to as the Tri-Five – A series which had amassed a massive following in the years following its release in the mid-1950s. Chevys are still the cult favorite all over.
The high compression, short stroke design, and a modified overhead valve rather than a side-valve made this series continue production for years down the line.
Here at Palm Beach Customs, we are not just car mechanics but enthusiasts. If you own a Chevy or want own one then you are just one call away from making your dreams take shape. Contact us with questions!
Our restoration shop in Florida is your one-stop store for anything related to your beloved machine. Being in the business since the 80s, we know each and everything about restoration and customizations.
Though we provide any number and extent of customizations and repair, our services can be put into three broad categories:
We provide Steel Bodies which are licensed (GM, Chrysler, Ford) and handcrafted to perfection. With the assured quality we also provide steel bodies and chassis from top manufacturers in the State like Dynacorn, Art Morrison (Yes!) and Omix-Ada.
For a better view and assurance, do visit our website for the many videos and testimonials which speaks volumes about us.
Have a build in Mind?
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).
Well, they’re making brand new tri-five Chevrolets from scratch!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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
No top and lots of pop! Today’s featured car is a Shelby Cobra Factory Five body we made for a great customer back in 1999. This gem launched out of the shop with two wheels up! She was a great car for a great customer! Check out the video’s below to learn more about the build and this crazy ride!
Fun Fact: Did you know that when Carrol Shelby was originally showcasing the Cobra he repainted the car for every event, so people would believe he had more than one car when in fact it was the same car over and over?
Check out some more pictures of the car below!
At Palm Beach Customs we focus on creating the highest quality product possible. Along with over 35 years in the business our team of top body and paint pro’s use many techniques and materials that were not available for the original mass-produced versions of this Cobra. At PBC we handcraft one of a kind vehicles for you and will deliver more than just a car, but a work of art.
Whether it’s your first or your last if you are seeking a Cobra or another classic car Palm Beach Customs is dedicated to finding and restoring an original high-quality, numbers matching vehicle for you. We will produce a work of art for you that is better than the day it rolled off the line.
Make sure you check back for more featured cars from PBC. Do you have anything you’d like to see? Let us know if you have any comments, questions or if we can help you with your classic car restoration or customization below by contacting is Here.
Until next time, keep cruisin’
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