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






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






Type:   Rack and Pinion


Manufacturer:  Flaming River


Steering Column: Flaming River


Power Steering Fluid:






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






Paint Manufacturer: Matrix






Fuel Type: 91 Octane


Fuel Pump: Aeromotive A1000


Fuel Tank/Cell: Custom Stainless Steel Fuel Cell


Fuel Management:   Fast XFI






Front Manufacturer: Wilwood


Front Caliper Specs: 6 Piston


Rear Manufacturer: Wilwood


Rear Caliper Specs: 6 Piston






Battery Location:  Trunk


Battery Manufacturer:  Odyssey






Header Manufacturer: Custom by BSI


Header Details:  2” Primary


Exhaust Manufacturer: Magnaflow 3” Stainless






Radiator: Matson’s Radiator


Fans:  Two Electric 14” Spal






Chassis:  Stock Chassis Customized by BSI






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




Flaming River


Strange Engineering


Classic Industries












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