If you're looking to cruise in style, Jim Hatcher's '56 T-bird is about as elegant a piece of hot rod transportation as you're going to find thanks to a little trim removal, a custom grille, and lots of block sanding. A ProCharger supercharger force-feeds the small-block Ford through the stock EFI. Power is transferred through the auto overdrive trans. Lots of black cow and ostrich hide covers the bench seat, custom door panels, and dash.
Jerry Stephens marches to a different beat. When you want to go this low with a '51 Nash and stuff in an LT4 small-block, you have to build a completely custom chassis. Rolling around on some Run-Flat tires might not be a bad idea either because we don't want to be around when the tires need to be changed. The interior features bucket seats and a custom console and rear deck where the rear seat once sat.
You'd have a hard time finding a straighter '55 Chevy than this one brought out by Jesse Alba, and we dig that it's a post. The trunk and interior featured some cool elements that tied them to the exterior styling. A detailed dual-quad big-block looked right at home under the hood and provided plenty of torque when called upon.
We're starting to see a lot more big Chevys built with the kind of attention reserved for street rods just a few years ago. Richard Schanot cruised out with his '63 Impala and came ready to play with a nicely detailed airbag-equipped chassis. A Street & Performance TPI-topped small-block has been dipped in chrome and propels the large Chevy just fine. The stock console accents new buckets and lots of tan leather over custom panels.