The Birthday Present 1957 Chevrolet
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The Birthday Present - 1957 Chevrolet

Article & photos by Larry Crain

         Tony & Linda Sosebee of Blairsville, GA are one of those rare couples who are both really into cars, cruisin’ and attending shows all over the country. For many years their cruiser of choice was their ‘57 Chevy Nomad, but Linda always wanted a ‘57 two door hard top as her own hot rod.  Good things come to those that wait and while attending a car show in Golden, Colorado, Linda saw the type of car she had been wanting, and it was up for sale. The ‘57 Chevy body was in good shape but the rest of it was in need of some updating. Tony saw the perfect opportunity to get Linda the best birthday present he could possibly ever come up with. 

     The only drawback to Linda’s new birthday present was going to be that she wouldn’t get to enjoy it for many years because it would be in several shops, including Tony’s, while it evolved into the car seen in these photos. Tony and Linda were living in Colorado when the car was bought and the long build up started. During these years, they sold their business in Colorado and moved back to GA while they ‘57 Chevy was being built.

The shop known as ’40 Fort built the custom chassis that features leaf spring mounted Ford 9” rear end and a Concept One power steering front end. To complete the custom look of the chassis, a killer set of Billet Specialties wheels mounted with BF Goodrich Comp T/A radials were in order, 215/45/R17 on the front and 295/45R18 on the rear.

         John Becher with ’40 Fort also built the 327 Corvette engine that was in the car when it went home to GA. Tony was building a 1932 Ford at that time, so we all know where the 327 went to. But Linda came out great on the deal because she got to buy a new GM Performance LS2 for her ‘57. The new LS2 gave Tony a lot of changes that had to be made for it to function properly. The LS2 required a new instrument cluster from Dakota digital, new aluminum cross flow radiator and a Street & Performance pulley system. The LS2 is paired up with a 700R4 transmission that works great on the road trips that it has gone on.

       The task of turning a somewhat original ‘57 Chevy 2-door hard top body into a drivable show piece was handled by R-Good’s Autoworks. Brad Aregood showcased his talents with how beautiful this car turned out with numerous tricks that a lot of people might not ever notice. The body has been shaved, tubbed and dressed out with modified stainless trim that somewhat resembles the Bel Air trim package. The awesome paint scheme Brad sprayed is House of Kolor Electro Violet with Black Pearl flames. You must see these colors in person to able to truly appreciate them. 

        The interior that compliments this beautiful exterior was done by Ron Nelson of Auto Weave Upholstery. The interior material is grey leather that covers the Cadillac split bench seats and the Billet Specialties steering wheel. Other creature comforts include a polished tilt column, Vintage Air a/c system and power windows. 

        In Linda’s own words “I would like to thank first and foremost my dear husband Tony for giving me such a fantastic birthday gift and for all the long hours & hard work he has put into the car.

        Tony and Linda also wanted to send a thank you to Bill Hoy of BH Automotive for his help with so many mechanical items.

Shops and manufacturers used in this build.

‘40 Fort

Auto Weave Upholstery

BF Goodrich

BH Automotive

Billet Specialties

Concept One

Dakota Digital

House of Kolor

GM Performance

R-Good’s Autoworks

Street & Performance

Vintage Air

 

 

 

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