Model: Elizabeth Ruiz
SouthSide car club is a club that is known for their high standards, sense of style, and elegant vehicle builds. That said, it should come as no surprise to anyone that this immaculate 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, owned by L.A. resident Chuy, is a proud plaque-flying member of this very club. This stylish tri-five model will definitely catch the attention of anyone on the Boulevard, and was first spotted stunting at the Las Vegas Super Show―along with ten of SouthSide's best looking vehicles.
The solid convertible came from an elderly couple out in Colorado, who were the original owners. With a solid foundation, the one-year project went smoothly as the Fuentes Brothers of Homies Hydraulics put the car together. The chrome went out to Los Angeles, to chrome master, Sergio, who usually handles the show finish duties for Anthony and Ralph.
The paintjob on this Chevy features a two-tone PPG Mint Green, sprayed by Rigo and Nino, which flows elegantly over the prepped body. After color sanding and buffing, the chrome was installed and the resto-frame built by Homies was reunited with the body. The suspension was then modified to allow the two-pump, five-battery setup to be installed. Capping off the exterior upgrades of the five-six were OG 13x7 Zenith wire wheels with Coker 5.20s wrapped around them.
For reliability, the engine was updated with a GM Performance crate motor. The crew from Homies used the stock intake and adapted a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, which was matched to the engine's internals. Once it was dialed in, the engine was painted orange and dressed up stock including the factory air cleaner.
As the deadline for finishing in time for the Las Vegas Super Show drew near, the Homies crew sent the convertible to Joe Camacho, of California Upholstery in Bell Gardens. Joe and his crew turned the car around installing a top to match the exterior and the original CARS Inc. interior kit that was used to revive the car's look. This build came down to the wire, but in the end, the Homies crew pulled it out, making Chuy's debut at the Super Show a success. Along with the support of his family and friends, Chuy and this "SouthSide Five-6" made a strong statement for his car club and his dedication to the culture of Lowriding.
Vehicle: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
City/State: Los Angeles, CA
Club: SouthSide car club
Engine: 350 C.I.D crate engine with Holley carburetor dressed to a stock look and 700R transmission.
Interior: Original Factory green interior kit.
Suspension: Two Homies Hydraulics pumps, three Adex square dumps and five batteries.
Wheels: 13x7 Reverse, 100-spoke Zenith Wire Wheels.
Tires: Coker 5.20s.