December 2015 Feature Car

James Lair, of Rockwall first had a 1957 Chevrolet in 1960.  It was then that the hook was set.  His first one had a  283 Power Pac engine, 3 speed manual transmission with overdrive.

Fast forward about 48 years to 2008 and James found a black 1957 2-door sedan in a barn in Ennis, TX.  It had an original 283 Power Pac engine, a 3 speed transmission with overdrive and a posi-trac rear end.  The car was hauled to Sachse Service Center to begin a complete frame off restoration.  It went back with a 283 Power Pac but this time behind the motor he put a 5-speed transmission from a S-10 Chevrolet pickup and a 4:11 posi-trac rear end.  He added A/C and a Desert Cooler radiator to handle the Texas heat.  To accent that original ’57 look, 14” wide whitewall tires and “small dog dish” hubcaps were added.  He replaced the interior with correct after-market Ivory/Charcoal upholstery and painted this 150 model ’57 with a solid black base coat/clear coat.  Restoration was completed in February 2011