Go & Show BelAir

Ronnie Mullens of Craigsville, West Virginia has owned this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air for 41 Years and can tell you all the stories that this car has lived to get to where it is now. If this awesome Pro-Street Bel Air could talk it would tell you of its past where it tore up the asphalt at the local drag strips in West Virginia. Ronnie raced this Bel Air in West Virginia where it thrilled the crowds for 7 years and then won a statewide championship in 1978.

The old racecar sat in the garage for many years while Ronnie and his wife raised a family. The years went by and Ronnie decided it was time to resurrect the old Bel Air and pound the pavement at the drag strips again, this time with the help of his son. Sometime during the resurrection of the old Chevy the way plans got changed and the decision was made to build it as a Pro-Street show and go machine.   

Six years ago when Ronnie was getting the car ready for the strip the old Chevy made the trip to H & H Restoration who executed the perfect body and paint work in a classic two tone scheme. From a distance and at certain angles it can almost appear to be just another 1955 Bel Air, looks can be deceiving.

This stock appearing black and silver stock 55’ Bel Air body is home to a Shafiroff Race Engine that was put together using a Chevy Dart designed 540 cubic inch engine that runs a 10:71 The Blower Shop supercharger that is topped off with a pair  of Holley Dominators that bring it to life. This race engine is set up for the street and pumps out a whopping 1250 HP on the dyno! The dual exhaust emits an awesome sound thanks to a Kooks custom header and exhaust system that is guaranteed to set off alarms in businesses and vehicles in any town it passes thru. A radiator from Be Cool handles the job of keeping this Bel Air running cool as it cruises or sits rumbling at the red lights. A Lenco 4-speed was the transmission of choice that would be strong enough and capable of handling this much horsepower.

The Street Rod Garage built the custom rolling chassis that is well detailed but hidden underneath the stock looking body. The front suspension is an IFS unit with coil over shocks equipped with rack and pinion steering. At the rear is a custom 4-link set up with a Moser rear end that runs a 4:11 posi-trac spool. With so much horsepower going between the frame rails it takes brakes by Wilwood on all 4 corners and on the firewall to stop this monster. Rolling stock that gives the true race look and killer stance is a set of 18 and 20-inch custom wheels from Intro mounted with Mickey Thompson rubber.

When you open the doors of this beautiful car you see a full fledge race interior. But this race interior has all of the creature comforts, a set of Dakota Digital gauges, an Ididit tilt column topped with a Billet Specialties custom steering wheel, a Vintage Air a/c system and Power Window Specialties finish off the upgrades. The interior features a full roll cage and a custom interior by Pro Auto Custom Interiors dressed in shades of black and gray with carbon fiber touches. A pair of Recarro bucket seats were heavily modified by Challenge Motorwerks then covered by Pro Auto Custom Interiors and fit the proportions of the interior perfectly. The dash features a Ring Brothers touch start that brings this Pro-Street Chevy to life.

Ronnie has just started driving and showing the car at events like the Fall Pigeon Forge Rod Run and the October Somernites Cruise. Do not make the bad mistake on the street that this car is just for show because it will show you that it can really go.

A special thanks goes out to Eric Brockmyer for use of his interior illustration that Steve Holcomb of Pro Auto Custom Interiors used as a design guide.

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