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BEFORE

AFTER (02.08.15)

 

The Chevy 307 CID engine was rebuilt by Motor Machine on January 30, 2015. The engine was 0.60" overbore to 316 CID and with a mild camshaft installed.

Click here to view the Chevy 307 engine rebuilt page.

 

AFTER (09.16.12)

 

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Derale Remote Transmission Coller Kit Installation

This picture shows the installation of Derale remote 24 inch transmission cooler kit p/n 13266 (Summit Racing p/n DER-24366) in front of the Griffin alluminum radiator.

 

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Derale remote transmission filter kit installation

This picture shows the installation of Derale remote transmission filter kit with temperature sensor & gauge p/n 13091 (Summit Racing p/n DER-13091) on driver's side of the radiator support. Note: Replacement Filters: Champion PH253, Fram PH16, NAPA Gold 1085, Wix 51085.

 

Hollywood' 56 Bel Air Derale remote transmission temperature gauge installation

This picture shows the installation of Derale remote transmission cooler temperature gauge p/n 13091 (Summit Racing p/n DER-13091) under the dash.

BEFORE

AFTER (08.19.12)

Engine Fuel Pump Blanking Plate

This picture shows the blanking plate installed on the engine fuel pump mount.

Edelbrock engine fuel pump installed

This picture shows the Edelbrock Performer RPM Series chrome engine fuel pump p/n 1721 (Summit Racing p/n EDL-1721) installed on the engine.

 

Engine fuel pump mounting plate installed

This picture shows the engine fuel pump mounting plate (Summit Racing p/n MRG-1514) installed on the engine fuel pump mount with the 2 bottom small bolts. Note: The top temporay bolt on the forward side of the engine was used to hold the fuel pump rod from sliding down.

 

Engine fuel pump rod installed

This picture shows the engine fuel pump rod (Summit Racing p/n ARP-134-8701) installed in the boss. The original top bolt (9/16" wrench size) on the forward side of the engine was removed and a temporary longer bolt was used to hold the fuel pump rod from sliding out of boss during the fuel pump installation. After the fuel pump installation, the longer bolt was removed and the original bolt reinstalled on the forward side of the engine. Note: The alternate method is using grease to hold the fuel pump rod up in the boss.

 

Enine fuel pump parts

This picture shows the engine fuel pump installation parts.

1. Edelbrock Performer RPM Series mechanical fuel pump (p/n 1721).

2. ARP engine fuel pump rod (p/n 134-8701).

3. Mr. Gasket chrome fuel pump mounting plate & gasket (p/n 1514).

4. ARP fuel pump bolt kit (p/n 130-1602).

BEFORE

AFTER (07.05.12)

Old Master Cylinder

This picture shows the old non-powered Master Cylinder.

Hydratech HydroBoost with CPP Master Brake Cylinder

This picture shows the installed Hydratech Braking Systems HydroBoost Power Brake conversion kit with CPP Master Cylinder MCPV-1. The MCPV-1 has the built-in adjustable proportioning valve. The HydroBoost Power Brake conversion kit, Level 4, #15457 was purchased from Danchuck. The kit was installed by Roger Daniels Alignment Brakes. The overall braking power as in comparison between the non-powered brake and the HydroBoost was like night and day.

BEFORE

AFTER (07.01.12)

 

Radiator Overflow Tank

This picture shows the chrome Coolant Overflow Tank installed next to the radiator.

BEFORE

AFTER (06.30.12)

 

Traffic Lights Viewer

Traffic Lights Viewer

This picture shows the Traffic Light Viewer installed on the dash.

BEFORE

AFTER (10.23.11)

Hollywood 56 Bel Air Old Alternator

This picture shows the old inoperative alternator. The alternator was a 1 wire hookup with the terminal 1 connected to the alternator (GEN) warning light. There was no wire connected to terminal 2 (alternator sensing wire) of the alternator. The battery charging wire was a single 12 gauge wire. There was no alternator ground to chassis ground.

Click here to see the rebuilt of the Delco-Remy 10SI Alternator with the American Energy Systems Repair Kit 1A (3 Wire).

Hollywood 56 Bel Air New Powermaster 70 Amp Alternator Installed

This picture shows the newly installed Powermaster 70 amp chrome alternator with the 3 wire hookup. Installed new Powermaster 6 gauge battery charging wire (p/n 1-48) from the alternator "BAT" stud to the starter solenoid stud. Fabricated and connected a 14 gauge wire to the terminal 2 (alternator sensing wire) of the alternator electrical connector (NAPA p/n VRC148) to the starter solenoid stud. Fabricated and connected 2 each of 12 gauge ground wires to the alternator housing ground (threaded hole) and the battery negative post chassis ground. Connected the alternator (GEN) warning light wire to the terminal 1 (alternator excite wire) of the alternator electrical connector.

 

Hollywood 56 Bel Air New Powermaster 70 Amp Alternator and VRC148 Plug

This picture shows the new chrome Powermaster 70 amps 10SI alternator (p/n 17127) - 1 wire or 3 wire hookup and the NAPA (p/n VRC148) two wire electrical connector.

BEFORE
AFTER (09.29.11)

Eletric fan installed on the radiator

This was a 55 year old original radiator.

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Newly Installed Griffin Radiator

This picture shows a new Griffin aluminum radiator installed in the six cylinder position. The two transmission cooling lines had to be cut, shorten, and connected with the transmission cooler hoses to accommodate for the line length and the driver side fitting was about 3 inches closer to the centerline of the radiator.

BEFORE

AFTER (07.31.11)

Before eletric fan install on the radiator

 

Eletric fan installed on the radiator

This picture shows the installed eletric fan on the radiator.

 

Painless 195 degrees fan relay

This picture shows the Painless 195 degrees relay to control the electric fan.

BEFORE

AFTER (07.02.11)

Hollywood's 1956 Bel Air Before Hotchkis Sway Bar Installation

This picture shows before the new Hotchkis front anti-sway bar installation.

Hollywood's 1956 Bel Air Hotchkis Anti-Sway Bar Installed

This picture shows the newly installed Hotchkis 1-3/8" front anti-sway bar. Road tested the Bel Air and found it has decreased chassis rolling and swaying on turns and on uneven surface of the freeway.

 

This picture shows using a "C" clamp holding the sway bar link and bracket in the correct position and mark the drilling holes on the "A" arm (use masking tape for tracing the holes). With the "C" clamp removed, drill 2 pilot holes on the lower "A" arm and then drill both pilot holes to bolt size.

 

This picture shows using a floor jack holding the sway bar up before drilling the 2 pilot holes (use masking tape for tracing the holes) on the front frame rail and then drill the pilot holes to bolt size. Note: The Bel Air is on ground level ride height (no movement) and all 4 tires are within the correct air pressure before installing the front sway bar.

 

This new Hotchkis 1-3/8" front anti-sway bar kit was purchased from Danchuk.

BEFORE

AFTER (06.25.11)

The original customized left and right side exhaust pipes were cut-off from the end of the mufflers and the new customized exhaust tail pipes running underneath the rear bumper were fabricated by Ed Hanson's Muffler Service.

Hollywood 56 Be Air Exhaust Chrome Tips Rear View

This is a rear view picture of the dual exhaust chrome tips. The exhaust tail pipes and chrome tips were performed by Ed Hanson's Muffler Service. Click here to go his web site.

 

Hollywood 56 Bel Air Left and Right Exhaust Chrome Tips

This is a picture of the left and right exhaust chrome tips.

BEFORE

AFTER (02.15.11)

Hollywood 56 Bel Air Original Installed TH400 Trainsmission

This is a picture of the original Turbo Hydramatic TH350 trainsmission installed to the Chevy 307 engine.

Hollywood 56 Bel Air 700R4 Installation To Engine

This is a picture of the rebuilt TH700R4 installed to the engine. The TH700R4 was a 1991 unit. The trainsmission conversion was performed by Mark Rebello of George's Garage. Click here to view his business card.

 

Hollywood 56 Be Air 700R4 TV Cable Hook Up

This is a picture of the Throttle Valve (TV) Cable bracket and carburetor throttle bracket hook up installation.

 

Throttle valve Bracket fabrication.

This is a picture of the fabrication of a Throttle Valve (TV) Cable bracket.

 

TH700R4 housing

This is a picture of the TH700R4 housing during rebuilt.

 

TH700R4 servo

This is a picture of the TH700R4 showing the servo side before rebuilt.

 

TH700R4 rebuilt parts.

This is a picture of the TH700R4 rebuilt parts.

 

TH700R4 before rebuilt.

This is a picture of the TH700R4 before rebuilt.

BEFORE

AFTER (01.28.11)

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Old Left Turn Signal Housing

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air New Left Turn Signal Housing and Bow-Tie Len

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Old Right Turn Signal Housing

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air New Right Turn Signal Housing and Bow-Tie Len

BEFORE

AFTER (12.04.10)

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Rear End Third Member Close-up

A close-up view of the original third member on the rear end.

 

Hollywood's 56 Bel Air Rear End Third Member Close-up

A close-up view of the modified third member installed on the rear end. To make our 56 Bel Air as a nice cruiser, the third member gear ratio was changed from 3.73 to 3.08. The work was performed by Pro Gear Differentials. Click here to go to their web site.

 

The third member gear ratio 3.08 was performed by Pro Gear Differentials.

The picture shows the rear end without the third member.

 

54 years of accumulated crud and dirt on the third member.

 

The original third member gear ratio was 3.73.

 

BEFORE

AFTER (09.26.10)

The original manual steering gearbox was removed. The stock steering column was shortened for the CPP 500 Series Power Steering Gearbox installation.

Installed Power Steering Pump

The power steering modification was performed by Spring Valley Automotive. Click here to go to their web site.

 
Installed CPP 500 Series Power Steering Gearbox
BEFORE
AFTER (08.28.10)

Old Grill

The previous second owner painted the front grill color black. This painted grill must go and the chrome it is.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

New chrome grill, hood bar and extension, turn signal back plate, lower grill molding, and fender extension installed.

Installed a complete front chrome grill set.

BEFORE
AFTER (07.16.10)
  56 Bel Air New Right Hood Spring Installed
  56 Bel Air New Left Hood Spring Installed
56 Bel Air Old Left Hood Spring With Washers Installed To Increase Length Before Removal From Hood Hinge 56 Bel Air New Spring With Washers Installed To Increase Length Before Installation To Hood Hinge
  56 Bel Air Old Hood Spring Verse New Hood Spring