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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 classic car and muscle car steel bodies for Tri Five Chevrolet, the 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.
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 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 assured quality we also provide steel bodies and chassis from top manufactures 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.
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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!
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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
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 re painted 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 hand craft 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 email, or give us a call at (239) 281-6754. Until next time, keep cruisin’
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