Just like the Harley, Frank immediately went to work, sourcing parts and freshening up the Bel Air. Once again, he had Bob's Auto Body in Whittier, California work their magic and spray the '53 with the original Sun Gold Yellow and India Ivory White color scheme on the exterior. The firewall and the inner fenders were also repainted.
The engine was in need of a rebuild, so Frank had his friend, German "Pelon" Medrano, rebuild the stock 235 cubic inch Chevy motor, and also had him porcelain-coat the headers and intake. Boston Transmissions in Pico Rivera, California rebuilt the automatic power glide transmission, to ensure smooth shifting. Joe Epstein, from Epstein's Mufflers in Montebello, California added dual straight pipe exhaust to finish out the mechanical updates.
The Bel Air also needed to have the right stance when it was parked, so Frank contacted Eric Toyoshiba from Advanced Design Fabrication in Whittier, California, to add front and rear air bags. The original 1953 Chevy hub caps were sourced and installed on the powder coated India Ivory stock rims, which are paired with Coker 560 series tires.
The interior was in great condition, so Frank updated the in-car entertainment to house more modern components. Andy and his crew from Meno's Stereo in Moreno Valley, California added a variety of Alpine components. An Alpine head unit and CD changer are now in the dash, and an Alpine amplifier and speaker combo is installed throughout the car's interior.
We all know that when building a car, one of the biggest parts of the process is to hunt for those rare accessories and NOS parts. Frank scoured the Internet and car swap meets to find the correct accessories for the '53. He came up on a cache of NOS parts, including a Hood Bird, Gas Cap, Vanity Mirror, and the super rare one-piece window vent shades!
Once the car was roadworthy and show ready, Frank joined Southern California's Bomb Club, and started to attend shows throughout the area. He has done well with the car and took first in his class at Old Memories CC Olvera Street car show. The Bel Air did very well at the annual Route 66 three-day car show, where out of 1600 vehicles, it was awarded one of 45 plaques that were given out.
Frank would like to thank his wife, Teri, and his son, Gabriel, for their love, support, and understanding. He would also like to thank Pelon, Compa Mike, Lomo, Johnny, Rocky, and all of his Bomb Club brothers for their advice and support. We would like to thank Frank for allowing us to feature his two, and four-wheeled customs, in the pages of Lowrider Magazine.