Dee wanted this car to be a driver, so the crew made sure to add some modern amenities to ensure that it would be ready for the boulevard, or the highway. A new Street and Performance LS1 crate engine was used, and dressed up with a polished intake, smoothed out coil covers, and a Street and Performance serpentine system. In order to keep the car's temperature down, Fuzzy bolted up a Matson aluminum radiator. A set of 50 series Flowmaster mufflers was installed to allow the Bel-Air to breathe properly. The LS1 engine and 4L60E transmission was tuned for heavy usage to ensure that the car would always be ready to roll on its 13x7 Zeniths, or its original factory wheels, depending on Dee's seasonal mood.
The exterior of the convertible came together quickly, thanks to Dee's clear vision for the car, as well as the crew's availability schedule. The same would hold true for the interior part of the build, which was now underway thanks to master stitch man Freddy, over at John's Exports. Freddy wrapped the power bench seat and rear convertible seat in a CARS, Inc. interior kit, which perfectly complemented the exterior of the Chevy. The interior was dressed up with Dakota Digital gauges, as well as a chrome Ididit tilt column. Freddy also installed the custom stay-fast charcoal grey convertible top. The Bel-Air received a booming sound system, hooked up courtesy of Gordo at 562 Kustoms of Paramount, California. Gordo installed an Alpine head unit with Ipod compatibility, powered by JL Audio amplifiers, and wired up to the four JL Audio woofers and midrange speakers which blast out Dee's favorite music.
This immaculate '57 Bel-Air ragtop has now come full circle, entering its second life thanks to the efforts of Dee and his crew. Its rebirth will no doubt captivate another young man in the same way it did Dee, when he first saw Droopy cruising in it through his own Compton neighborhood so many years ago. A few people get to build the car of their dreams, while even fewer get to build the actual car from their dreams. Dee appreciates his '57 that much more, as he has taken his childhood inspiration and literally made it his own. This "Silver Bullet" will undoubtedly be the pride of Compton, and a piece of Lowrider history, as it enters its second tour of duty on the streets of Southern California.
The Silver Bullet
Owner: Dee of Compton
Vehicle: '57 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible
City/State: Compton, California
Club: No Affiliation
Engine: Street and Performance LS1 crate engine, 4l60E transmission, Street and Performance serpentine system, coil covers and a polished intake.
Paint: Two stage PPG Mercedes silver.
Sound System: Alpine double din head unit with video and iPod compatibility, JL Audio amplifiers, and four JL Audio woofers and midrange speakers
Tires: P155/80-R13 Champion radials
Wheels: 13x7 chrome Zenith wire wheels