Video – Detroit Speed’s ’55 Chev Built for Billy Chandler

Sometimes good just ain’t good enough. Take Billy Chandler’s ’55 Chevy for example. His raspberry and vanilla 2-door post was already lookin’ good, when he brought it over to the pros at Detroit Speed for a freshening up. Instead, the goal of taking the car up a “few clicks” morphed into a complete transformation resulting in this awesome, Pro-Touring Chevy Shoebox. Shaun Hughesman from Detroit Speed Inc. walks us through the build.

Originally running a small block with a 5-speed transmission, Billy just wanted to upgrade to a 572 big block and get the car sitting right. Fair enough, but when the Detroit Speed guys got into the build, it became clear that achieving the Pro-Touring look and handling that Chandler was after would require more drastic measures.

The results are impressive indeed. Check out the dossier of Chandler’s finished car. Custom frame, DSE front and rear suspension, custom exhaust, 6-piston Baer brakes, tubbed rear wheel wells and a big, fat 700 HP 572 CID mill backed up with a Tremec 6-speed. The build is uber meticulous and a feast for any gear head. Be sure and savor the sheer beauty of the rolling chassis when you watch video. Good stuff.

The interior is wrapped in acres of buttery smooth, cream colored leather showcasing flowing lines, bucket seats, custom door panels and console, and some very trick hardware. The body’s been shaved and smoothed with a custom grille and cleaned up bumpers but other than that it’s pure, undiluted ’55 goodness.

Be sure and check out the gallery from Detroit Speed’s website. If you like transformation and super sanitary workmanship, this is a treat indeed.

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Dave Cruikshank

Dave Cruikshank is a lifelong car enthusiast and an Editor at Power Automedia. A zealous car geek since birth, he digs lead sleds, curvy fiberglass, kustoms and street rods. He currently owns a '95 Corvette, '76 Cadillac Seville, '99 LS1 Trans Am and big old Ford Van.
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