BODIE STROUD’S “GMONSTER” BEL AIR
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BODIE STROUD’S “GMONSTER” BEL AIR AT SEMA 2014  

 

New ’57 Chevy blends iconic jet-age styling with Stroud’s latest suspension and a brutally powerful 800 horsepower big block to create an American hot rod that can rival the best sports cars from Germany and Italy.

 

              The SEMA Show is the largest trade show in the world and showcases thousands of incredible sports cars, customs, and off-road vehicles from across the globe. Amongst all of the Porches, Ferraris, and BMWs, Southern California-based custom car builder Bodie Stroud will debut an iconic American dream car that has been completely re-engineered to do battle in the canyons with the best from Europe. The Bodie Stroud Industries (BSI) “GMonster” 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air was on display at the MagnaFlow booth.

 

            This particular Bel Air came to Bodie through a close friend who had always wanted a ’57 Chevy. He allowed Bodie to design and build the car however he liked, but was adamant about two things: the engine and the color scheme. The engine had to be a big block and the colors, chosen by his wife, had to be blue and silver. The goal of the build was to create a car that can be driven daily and has modern conveniences like air conditioning and power steering with the ability to cruise from the freeway, while sprinting 0-60 in under four seconds.

 

            “It was fun working on this car because my friend let me design and build this car however I liked,” Bodie said. “It gave me the opportunity to be creative as well as use my R&D and engineering skills on the Bodie Stroud Industries suspension kit. I’m really happy and proud of how the car turned out.”

 

            While this Bel Air may look and feel like a classic hot rod, it has many modern touches hidden throughout. The car rides on a customized factory chassis updated with Bodie Stroud Industries’ all-new Tri-Five suspension package. This new kit includes BSI’s tubular control arms with patented EZ-Aline technology for fast and accurate alignment adjustments in front, and a BSI EZ-Aline four-link suspension system installed in back. Grip comes by way of 275/35/19 BFGoodrich G-Force Sport tires up font and 29x15R20 Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R in the rear. Six piston Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners bring this revitalized classic to a stop.

 

            Instead of following the trend of installing an LS motor, Bodie followed his friend’s wish for an old-school powerplant and installed a traditional 509 Chevy Big Block engine built by QMP Racing that produces 800 horsepower. A Kinsler Dragon Claw fuel injection system was then installed to give the motor an old-school look while adding all the capabilities of EFI.  Power from the massive big block is harnessed by a GM 4L80E overdrive transmission, while a Strange Engineering Ford nine-inch rear end works to put the power to the ground. Custom stainless steel headers by BSI and a MagnaFlow exhaust system give it a fearsome roar.

 

            The interior is modern, stylish and simple with custom made and wrapped seats, gauges by Dakota Digital, a Kenwood in car entertainment system and Powerbass speakers. Modern styled Classic Industries, Inc. trim and accessories including the window cranks, door handles and pedals give the interior a fresh look. The steering wheel and steering column, made by Flaming River, are contemporary updates that make the Bel Air easy to navigate. The exterior is finished in a Matrix System Automotive Finishes custom color that is matched to a nail polish called “Blue My Mind,” per the customer’s wife’s instructions. 

 

 

 

 

 

Vehicle:  1957 Bel-Air

 

  

 

Drivetrain

 

Engine: 509 Chevy BB built by QMP Racing; 800hp

 

Engine Extras: Kinsler Dragon Claw EFI

 

Transmission: 4L80E

 

Rear End Manufacturer:  Strange

 

Rear End Type:   9 in. Ford

 

Drive Shaft: 3” Polished Aluminum Inland Empire

 

 

 

Steering

 

Type:   Rack and Pinion

 

Manufacturer:  Flaming River

 

Steering Column: Flaming River

 

Power Steering Fluid:

 

 

 

Interior

 

Seats:  Custom made and wrapped

 

Gauges: Dakota Digital

 

A/C System:  Vintage Air

 

 

 

Stereo System

 

Head Unit:   Kenwood

 

Speakers: Power Bass

 

Amplifier: Power Bass

 

 

 

Wheels and Tires

 

Front Wheel Size:  19x8

 

Rear Wheel Size:  20x12

 

Tire Manufacturer/Model: Mickey Thompson/Sportsman S/R & BF Goodrich G-Force Sport

 

Front Tire Size:  275/35R19

 

Rear Tire Size: 29x15.00R20LT

 

 

 

Exterior

 

Paint Manufacturer: Matrix

 

 

 

Fuel

 

Fuel Type: 91 Octane

 

Fuel Pump: Aeromotive A1000

 

Fuel Tank/Cell: Custom Stainless Steel Fuel Cell

 

Fuel Management:   Fast XFI

 

 

 

Brakes

 

Front Manufacturer: Wilwood

 

Front Caliper Specs: 6 Piston

 

Rear Manufacturer: Wilwood

 

Rear Caliper Specs: 6 Piston

 

 

 

Electrical

 

Battery Location:  Trunk

 

Battery Manufacturer:  Odyssey

 

 

 

Exhaust

 

Header Manufacturer: Custom by BSI

 

Header Details:  2” Primary

 

Exhaust Manufacturer: Magnaflow 3” Stainless

 

 

 

Cooling

 

Radiator: Matson’s Radiator

 

Fans:  Two Electric 14” Spal

 

 

 

Chassis

 

Chassis:  Stock Chassis Customized by BSI

 

 

 

Suspension

 

Front Suspension Manufacturer:  BSI bolt on Control Arms with EZ-Aline

 

Front Suspension Type: Stock IFS

 

Rear Suspension Manufacturer: BSI Four Bar with EZ-Aline

 

Rear Suspension Type: Four Bar

 

Shock Manufacturer: RideTech Coilovers

 

Sway Bars: 1” Front Sway Bar

 

 

 

Product Sponsors

 

 

 

Mattson’s Radiator

 

RideTech

 

Flaming River

 

Strange Engineering

 

Classic Industries

 

Powerbass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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