Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bill Jordan
Redmond, Washington
1951 Chevrolet Bel Air

Clyde "CB" Bullo at Moslander's Rod and Custom in Monroe, WA, updated the stock chassis with a Progressive Automotive Sweet Ryde crossmember. It uses C4 Corvette suspension components, including Corvette 11-inch rotors and four-piston calipers. The only non-stock part in the mix is the Flaming River steering rack. The rear springs exist now only as locating devices, as the car now rides on RideTech ShockWave air sprung dampers. Those springs mount a Ford 9-inch-style axle that Dutchman built with a 3.55:1 ring-and-pinion on one of Randy's Ring & Pinion Yukon-series limited-slip differentials. That assembly spins a pair of Dutchman 31-spline axles, and at the ends are Ford Racing 11-inch drums. Thermo Tech Powder Coatings in Monroe, WA, finished all of the running gear in 60 percent gloss black.

The LS1 engine doesn't just spank the Stovebolt that came out of Bill's car; it flat-out beats the pants off of what still passes as a high-performance engine. Still, Bill tweaked it with a Spectre P5 modular air filter, a 90mm FAST throttle body, and 1 1/2-inch Sanderson headers. Stan's Headers in Auburn bent up 2-inch pipes and outfitted them with Flowmaster mufflers. An AFCO double-pass aluminum radiator equipped with two SPAL 12-inch electric fans cools the engine. Billet Specialties whittled the Tru-Trac accessory drive system. An American Autowire harness links the GM management system to both the engine and its matching 4L60E transmission. Precision Drive Line in Kirkland, WA, linked the transmission to the rear axle.

Wheels & Tires
The Bel Air rides on wheels that resemble the ones that the car originally rode on: Wheel Vintiques 92-series Gennies; only these were hewn from slabs of aluminum, not stamped from steel, and measure 17x6 and 17x8 instead of 15x5. They wear 215/45ZR17 and 245/45ZR17 Goodyear F-1 hides.

Body & Paint
The Poncho side trim that Bill's uncle, Wayne, installed years ago defines the extent of the modifications done to the body. Bill amassed a number of other factory and period aftermarket accessories, including the golden gazelle hood ornament, grille guard, front and rear bumper tips, rear bumper overrider, and gas door trim. As he made a point to collect only genuine parts, he hired EFS Plating in Port Orchard to brighten them back up. Moslander's cleaned up the body for Ray Goodwin to shoot. He used Indigo Blast and Snow Flake, colors from DuPont's Hot Hues family. Auto City Classic in Isanti, MN, made a new set of glass for the car. Rock Valley made the 18-gallon stainless tank under the trunk floor.

Paul Reichlin, Cedardale Auto Upholstery in Mt. Vernon, WA, dug into his bag of tricks to make the cockpit reflect the rest of the car. He completely gutted the front seat and sculpted foam to create lumbar and thigh support. He finished everything but the floor in dark blue leather; the floor got German square-weave wool carpet. Wise Guys supplied the seat belts. United Speedometer updated the figures to modern standards when it restored the instrument cluster. The wheel is the one that came with the car but it now mates to an ididit tilt column. Washington has few days to justify air conditioning, so Bill went with one of Hot Rod Air's Elite Standard heaters. Moslander's hinged the speaker grille and made a compartment for the cavity behind it to house the heater and ride-height controls. Moslander's wired the car with an American Autowire kit and energized the door and trunk locks with AutoLoc products. Cascade Audio and Video in Monroe tuned an audio system based on a Pioneer DEHP5900IB head unit, a Pioneer Marine remote control, Pioneer D-3 four-channel, 500-watt amplifier, Pioneer TSD601P two-way 6 1/2-inch coaxial speakers, and Focal 690CV 6x9 coaxial speakers. Moslander's lowered the cabin's sound floor by coating everything in LizardSkin spray-in insulation.