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1955 Chevy 210 Sedan- The Big Sleep

Gary Kollofski’s V12-Powered Chevy

By , Photography by , Gary Kollofski

Tech Notes

Who: Gary Kollofski
What: 1955 Chevy 210 Sedan
Where: Plymouth, MN

Engine: In a field of me-too engines, Gary's 1955 is powered by an Italian BPM V12 displacing 730 ci. The all-aluminum pushrod engine sports a 4.33-/4.13-inch bore and stroke with 8.7:1 compression, making 713 lb-ft of torque and 620 hp using a custom-built tri-power of sorts with three 600-cfm Holley carburetors. The intake alone required 100 man-hours to complete and replaced the stock, six Weber 48mm carb manifold that wouldn't fit under the hood. Dale Pelvit built the 2-inch primary, six-into-two headers feed into a 3-inch Flowmaster exhaust with Super 44 mufflers. Replacing the pair of distributors, Dale and Bob Bendtsen converted to an Electromotive crank trigger ignition. Dale and Bob also built a custom serpentine accessory drive system that cools through a Meziere custom aluminum radiator with dual electric fans and a Meziere pump.

Transmission/Rearend: Bendtsen's Speed Gems adapted the GM 4L80E to the V12 engine using a Midwest 2,000-stall converter and controlling it with a Lokar shifter. The rearend is a 9-inch Ford with a Bendtsen-built 3.73:1 centersection with a limited slip, and 31-spline axles.

Chassis/Suspension: The 1955 sits on a Roadster Shop chassis with relocated crossmembers and front reinforcement struts that Dale built. Heidt's supplied the front A-arms and sway bar that work with the power rack-and-pinion steering and the QA1 front coilover shocks and ididit steering column. The rear suspension consists of a triangulated four-link, QA1 coilovers, and a sway bar.

Brakes: Gary chose the same size Wilwood 13-inch rotors for all four corners, with Wilwood six-piston calipers up front and Wilwood four-piston calipers putting on the pinch in the rear.

Wheels/Tires: Keeping with the subtle exterior, Gary chose a set of 18x8 front and 18x91⁄2 rear Circle Racing Wheels billet Rally wheels with custom offsets mounted with 235/50R18 front and 285/50R18 rear Yokohama Advan ST tires.

Paint/Body: Here's where the list becomes extensive. To start, Dale built the entire custom forward-tilting hood assembly that included inner tubing structure to support the freestanding hood and fenders. Gary and Dale removed all the switches and controls from the dash, made the dash removable, and built a custom console. The rear wheelwells were enlarged, and he added 3-inch mini-tubs. Gary added all-new Danchuk parts, including a hood bird, bumper, and trim pieces. The suicide front doors use stock 1955 hinges, latches and handles. The stock fuel door was filled in addition to frenching the rear license plate. Its light is incorporated into the trunk emblem. The trunk-mounted battery has its own custom cover as do the trunk hinges. If you crawl under the car, you can see the custom duct work required to relocate the Vintage Air A/C system under the rear seat, using electric fans to move air through the condensers. Steve Atchison of East Bethel, Minnesota, performed the bodywork all applied for the stock 1955 Chevy turquoise PPG basecoat/clear coat paint.

Interior: At first glance, the interior looks almost stock with the Ciadella reproduction upholstery and carpet performed by Mark Walters of North Branch, Minnesota. But closer inspection reveals custom electric wipers, custom courtesy lights that work off the stock, relocated door switches. Classic Instruments supplied the cool BelEra II instrument cluster, and Eckler is responsible for the 15-inch stock-appearing steering wheel. There's also a complete Pioneer AM/FM system with a CD player, and the antenna is hidden inside the passenger-side A-pillar, in case you were wondering. Hushmat covers all the interior panels, and Gary applied LizardSkin thermal and acoustic coating on the bottom side of the floor. Oh, and Dale built a custom parking brake linkage and lever on the trans tunnel.

Thanks: A car like this doesn't happen without lots of help from friends such as Danchuk, Dale Pelvit, John Thompson, Steve Atchison, Mark Walters, and Bob Bendtsen.

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19 comments
Liam Knight
Liam Knight

The Aston Martin Vanquish uses two Ford V6 engines mated together. I bet the Ford V12 is a more powerful engine. :D

George Jones
George Jones

this is really 1 of a kind. workmanship is too good to comprehend. excellent

Kevin Tyree
Kevin Tyree

Betcha I don't have a chevy... Also, I betcha that isn't a chevy engine either...

Rick Cherney
Rick Cherney

I dig the Chevrolet valve covers. They can't stand to see any other motor in a Chevy. Nice work though.

Justin Patch
Justin Patch

Why not!!!! Beauty motor in a beauty car..its called hot rodding.

Kyle Mack
Kyle Mack

How dey put that there huh ? Lol

Wes Gray
Wes Gray

Scott Lathrop what about that big block. Hahaha the Nova needs a v12

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