1955 Chevy Bel Air Tunes Up

The shop has been busy on the '55 Bel Air.  Determining the root cause of the noise and vibration has been working our brains and fingers.  We've been making incremental progress with chassis and drivetrain updates.  New motor mounts, new transmission, checking the drive shaft  evaluating the rear end assembly.  We've also rebuilt the front suspension.  I believe this really helped the driveability of this nearly 60 year old chassis.  The front geometry - and specifically the caster - was set for old time manual steering.  When the power steering was added the caster needed to be changed.  The aftermarket supports this car well and new tubular control arms can be adjusted for up to 5 degrees of caster.  Well since we still wanted the car to drive like a '55 Chevy we opted for a more conservative 2.5 degrees of caster via a set of offset cross shafts with new bushings of course.  The Bel Air cruises nicely 70 mph.  Its ready to roll.

 The Bel Air on the blocks getting the ride heights and suspension geometry reviewed.

The Bel Air on the blocks getting the ride heights and suspension geometry reviewed.