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December 16, 2021

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air – Black


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Journey back in time to the golden era of American automobiles with Texoma Classics as we meticulously restore a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in a sleek black finish in Sherman, Texas. This vintage Bel Air isn’t just a car; it’s an icon of mid-century style, sophistication, and timeless elegance, and we’re dedicated to bringing it back to its former glory. Join us on a captivating visual journey through the restoration process, where the spirit of classic Chevrolets meets modern craftsmanship and innovation.

At Texoma Classics, our passion for preserving automotive history shines through in every restoration project we undertake. With the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, we’re not just restoring a car; we’re rekindling the essence of American mid-century design and performance. Our team of skilled artisans and restoration experts meticulously breathe new life into every facet of this iconic Bel Air, from its elegant lines to its legendary V8 power.

This isn’t just a restoration; it’s a transformation. As we pay homage to the original aesthetics while incorporating modern upgrades for enhanced performance and reliability, we’re crafting a Chevrolet Bel Air that captures the spirit of a bygone era while meeting the demands of today’s roads. Whether you’re a classic car enthusiast, a collector, or someone who appreciates the timeless beauty of vintage Chevrolets, our restoration projects epitomize the spirit of automotive heritage.

Witness the magic as Texoma Classics turns this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air into a rolling testament to classic American style, ready to turn heads and cruise the streets with elegance and power once more. Explore how we’re turning dreams into reality, one restoration at a time, and envision the possibilities for your own journey with Texoma Classics, where vintage Chevrolets are reborn with a touch of modern sophistication.

History

The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size car produced by Chevrolet for the 1950-1975 model years. Initially, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952. With the 1953 model year, the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations, and it went from mid-level trim car to a budget fleet sedan when U.S. production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada, for its home market only, through the 1981 model year.

The Chevrolet Bel Air, especially its third generation design, has been considered an Icon of the 1950s. Well-maintained and preserved examples are highly sought after by car collectors and enthusiasts.

The Bel Air received new, revamped styling for the 1955 model year. The Bel Air was 3,456 lb (1,568 kg) and 15 ft (4.6 m) long. It was called the “Hot One” in GM’s advertising campaign. Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, full wheel cover, and a Ferrari-inspired front grille. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering later in the year. For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option and the option overdrive. The new 265 cu in (4.3 L) V8 featured a modern, overhead valve high compression ratio, short stroke design that was so good that it remained in production in various displacements for many decades. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was rated at 162 hp (121 kW) and the “Power Pack” option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades yielding 180 bhp (134 kW). Later in the year, a “Super Power Pack” option added high-compression and a further 15 bhp (11kW). Warning lights replaced gauges for the generator and oil pressure. This was not the first Chevrolet to be installed with a V8 engine; the first Chevrolet with a V8 engine was introduced in 1917 and called the Series D, which was built for two years, and was manufactured before Chevrolet joined General Motors.

On this Bel Air we will be swapping the engine for an LS3. We will also be swapping the accessory drive and radiator.

During…

We removed the hood in preparation to pull the engine out.

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We have completely removed the engine.

The new LS3 engine has been painted Chevrolet Orange.

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The newly painted LS3 engine has been reinstalled in the engine bay.