The owner of this 57 Chevy decided that the tired 283 and cast iron Powerglide needed to be replaced with something a little more modern, like a 350 engine with a 700R4 behind it. The customer ordered a crate engine that suited his requirements and LI Classic Restoration started by removing the original engine & transmission.
Rocker Panel Replacement
Since the engine was out and the body mounts & bushings were in tired shape it was decided to remove the body from the chassis. This was the easiest way to replace most of the floor supports and inner rocker panels anyway. Six of eight floor supports were replaced along with the inner rockerpanels. The enire underbody was cleaned, primed, painted, and undercoated.
Body Off Chassis
Leaving the front end sheetmetal attached to the body saved a lot of time in both dis assembly and re-assembly. The firewall was stripped and painted along with the inner fenders and radiator support. A custom high capacity fuel tank was also fitted to supply the new fuel injection motor.
Old Chassis Made Like New
The chassis got treated to a full powder coating job, rack & pinion, disc brakes in front and a Moser 12 bolt posi in the rear. All new front suspension, brake & fuel lines, tires & rims assured a safe trouble free ride.
Crate Motor Installation
The already nice crate motor was treated to a Vintage Air Frontrunner Drive System as well as a complete Vintage Air SureFit A/C System. A Griffin radiator combo unit was installed to keep the engine as cool as the happy owner.
A Dakota Digital Gauge package was chosen to keep tabs on the engines oil pressure, RPM and temp. The fully electronic speedo was calibrated to the 700R4 for a totally accurate assessment of speed to keep from getting too many tickets.