Back in the Dark Ages, the ’55 was treated to a custom 2x4 rectangular frame, and along the way it acquired the full Heidts’ regalia: Superide front and four-link rear suspension modules, including the splined, adjustable, and huge 1.5-inch diameter front bar, single-adjustable QA1 coilover assemblies, and power rack steering. The 9-inch axle is supported by a triangulated four-link that dispenses with the Panhard bar altogether. QA1 single-adjustable coilovers bookend the product.
In the Pro Touring spirit, Jereb paid homage to dissipating energy with Wilwood six-piston calipers on 14-inch rotors at all points. Monstrous Mickey Sportsman S/R tires set the tone and nearly carry the form by themselves, but the many subtle body modifications were designed to make the car cohesive. The back hogs are 29x15R20LTs hanging out on 14-inch-wide Budnik Tiller 5s. Up front, the combo poses 18x9 rims and 26x10R meats.
Performance Restoration went full-tilt on the envelope, from the airbrushed ’56 side moldings to the candy, pearl, and pixie dust in the paint. Briefly, Performance rubbed the body smooth, shaved the door handles, flush-mounted the front turn signals using ’57 backup lights, removed all side molding, reworked the hood so that it opens back to front, installed a billet grille and custom taillights, reshaped the bumpers for tighter fit, smoothed the firewall and transmission tunnel, incorporated a gas-fill similar to the ’56 Chevy (hidden behind taillight), and handbuilt inner fenders and custom radiator shroud. Performance Restoration owner Brent Jarvis applied the custom mixed candy orange and pearls with pewter. All and all, a pyrotechnic display not easily dismissed from memory. chp
Another full-on transformation here, one that foils the extravagant exterior and becomes a phantom of the original, running its rudimentary but totally reformed lines. The entire project was underwritten with a Painless/custom wiring schematic. The sybarite in Jereb is salved by Pioneer audio, featuring hidden speakers and amps. Driving in the heat is debilitating, hence a Vintage Air HVAC system was installed. Jereb designed the gauge faces and Classic Instruments obliged. Classic also recreated the shift indicator/quadrant and built him a custom air/fuel mixture meter as well as a custom clock. Performance stretched the glovebox opening and welded up the dashboard seams. The car has an ididit steering column, Billet Specialties Edge wheel, shifter out of an ’07 Mustang GT, and leather and suede upholstery done by Vintage Stitch in Bristol, Wisconsin. Custom-built stuff includes the bucket seats and bench, console, door panels, headliner, waterfall console between the rear seats, and a big, clean trunk with minimal adornment.