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1956 Chevy Belair Pro Touring LS3 Conversion

  • Art Morrison Chassis
  • LS3 430hp Engine
  • 4L65E 4 Speed Auto Transmission
  • Wilwood Brakes 12.19 Polished
  • Billet Specialties Wheels: 20" Rear  19" Front
  • Vintage Air
  • Ron Davis Radiator
  • FlowMaster Exhaust
  • Direct Sheetmetal Firewall
  • Interior by V34 Custom Interiors
Owners picking up their car
The finished car and owners picking it up. The Mrs had intentionally stayed away and not taken a look at the car since it was just the body before it was painted.
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Interior done
Back from the interior guys at V34 Custom Interiors. A few final things for us to finish up and it done.
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Interior
Ready to go to V 34 Custom Interiors here in Eugene to get the interior installed.
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Flowmaster exhaust
Here's a look at the Flowmaster exhaust being installed, Dakota Digital gauges, and the console being installed.
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Exhaust install
The major assembly is done. Here we have the car on the lift for exhaust install. Once exhaust is installed it's time to fire up the LS3 for the first time.
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Fenders on
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Putting on front fenders
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Front and rear glass
The front and rear glass installed. Dark tinted rear glass. Fitting the power bucket seats.
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Assembly
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Installing fuel cell
Fuel cell and mounting bracket painted and ready for installation.
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Zero rust & undercoating
Here you can see the final two steps in painting. The interior is painted with black zero rust paint. Zero rust is a paint that's designed to be used on bare metal. Also, in this step the underside is painted with an undercoating paint.
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Body painted with both colors
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Assembling chassis
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Painting first color
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Painted Art Morrison frame
Checkout the beautiful color on this Art Morrison chassis.
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Painting Art Morrison Chassis
Tim spraying the Art Morrison Chassis with the base color. The A-arms and rearend are also getting the same color.
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Bodyworking dash and firewall
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Console
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Trans cover and firewall
Tom doing the finishing touches on the firewall, trans cover, and body mounts. The firewall had to set back to allow clearance for the LS3 engine and trans. This required additional modification to the trans cover and body mounts.
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Parts primered
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Final sanding
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Final slicksand
After spraying the final slicksand
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Block sanding
Jim hard at work block sanding
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Epoxy and slicksand
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Bodywork
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Starting bodywork
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Final fitting II
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Final fitting
Final fitting of panels before moving the car to the body shop.
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Finishing sheetmetal work
Final patch panel welded in.
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Radiator mockup
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Mini tub & sheetmetal repair
Mini tub and sheetmetal repair on the passenger side. We found more extensive rust damage on both sides when doing the mini tub work.
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LS3 fitting
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After dipping
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