Rod & Custom Feature Car
Jon Budda
Spokane, Washington
1957 Chevy 210 Sport Coupe

Though it was slated for a later chassis swap, Jon's '57 is right where it belongs: on its original frame. Claude and Russ Freund basically cleaned it up and left it alone. To make the car ride and stop well, they replaced the front spindles with dropped, disc-brake units from CPP. They also replaced the manual steering box with a Saginaw 605 conversion. The front suspension rides on an air spring/dampers combo instead of coils. They retained a few of the rear leaf springs and suspended the car on a set of air springs. A traction bar mitigates axle wrap.

Motorworks in Spokane bored the '59-vintage 283 0.080 over. The Freunds reassembled it with Federal Mogul Speed Pro forged pistons, a mild cam, and small-valve, fuel injection-style heads (aka Fuelies or Camel Humps). Between the Corvette-finned rocker covers and under the Cal Custom air filter are two 500-cfm Carter AFB-style Edelbrock carburetors on an Edelbrock dual-quad manifold. Shelly's Performance in Greenacres put a tune on the stock GM distributor. Sanderson mid-length 1 5/8-inch headers dump into 2 1/2-inch stainless pipes and Flowmaster 40-Series mufflers. The Muncie M20 wide-ratio, four-speed gearbox sports a time-tested Hurst shifter.

Wheels & Tires
Wheel Vintiques made the OE-style chrome wheels. The standard-offset rollers measure 15x5 and 15x7 and wear BFGoodrich Silvertown 5.90-15 and 6.70-15 bias-ply tires.

Body & Paint
Many think the only hardtops were Bel Airs, but Chevrolet made very few (22,000) 210 Sport coupes, and this is one of 'em. Gary Schwank and his pal replaced the front bumper with a cut-down '57 Desoto, made the roll pan, and crafted a new grille surround. They used Ford pickup headlight pods to make the canted inserts. They made the doors around them the old-fashioned way: with bar stock for shape and sheetmetal to fill the gaps. They also nosed the hood, filled the scoops, shaved the handles and trim, reshaped the fins to take '59 Chevy taillights, and opened the false outlets in the bumper and ran the pipes through them. A.J. Parker custom-mixed the DBC-series PPG base/clear combo, a formula Freund calls Money Green. Wildman Deluxe Jeff Allison dug into his archive of old custom cars, which he calls his brain, for the black scallops. When Mike Gortsma laid down the color, he painted the white "pinstripes" around the black scallops, although Allison striped the dash. Spokane Metal Finishing got the commission to refinish the brightwork.

The interior description reads like an early '60s show car: '61-65 GM bucket seats, '64-66 T-bird wraparound back seat, and a '59 Impala steering wheel, just to name a few. Clarkston, Washington's, George Frank trimmed the white cockpit in leather pleats with vinyl boxing. Allison pinstriped the dash, Freund roped the car with an American Autowire kit, and Graffiti Sound Solutions in Post Falls, Idaho, rewired an iPod-fed Pioneer head unit to turn off and on by the original AM radio volume knob.