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1954 CHEVY BEL AIR 4-DOOR: Project Sucker Punch

What do you get when you hide a 383 SBC with a blower in a mid 50’s slammed 4-door Kustom? A Sucker Punch!

Aaron Hahn has always been a mechanical nut. From tinkering with his first bikes to his first car, a ’69 Camaro, whatever he’s owned has surely seen plenty of wrenching. After his teens and a fascination with muscle cars, he grew into a love of 50’s Kustoms and began looking for something he could afford on a early 20’s salary. With some horse trading instead of cash, Hahn thought he had a perfect candidate. However, like many projects she was rough and needed a ton of work, more than initially met the eye.

Several days after the purchase Aaron found out his family was growing, with a baby girl on the way, which meant the big plans for this project would be on hold. While the car was sidelined for more important purchases (diapers, crib, clothing, etc), she was held in possession for 18 years and slowly tinkered with, as a budget build, as time and money allowed.

Now that he’s ready to turn this beauty into the car it was always meant to be, and more, we’re going to follow along and cover all aspects of the build, including placing a TVS blower on top of the already powerful 383. With future plans of converting this grocery getter into a 2 door blown beast, all while keeping a vibe like she drove off the lot of American Graffiti, there’s no reason not to follow along.

Project Specs

Build style: Kustom
Engine: 383 BluePrint short block w/ Edelbrock top end & E-Force Supercharger
Transmission: Hughes Performance TH350 with matching converter
Front Suspension: Total Cost Involved Mustang II
Rear Suspension: Total Cost Involved Parabolic Leaf Spring kit
Wheels: Wheelsmith 15-inch Smoothies
Gauges: Custom Dakota Digital

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