November 2015

999 Pointer

56-Bel-Air_8257John Provenzano’s incredible custom ’56 Bel Air wows at the shows, and brings home the trophies!

Owned by John Provenzano #21339896, Wichita, KS

Photography by Colin Date

I never thought I would be writing about one of my cars for Chevy Classics. This has been a dream of mine for decades. When my classic car addiction began (I was 15), I would read the car magazines and wonder what it would be like to have a truly unique automobile. I never thought it would happen. More recently, in my adult life, I also never thought I would have yet another project car! I already have 1955 and 1957 Bel Air convertibles; and they both took a lot out of me. I thought I was done! However, I’ve had significant influences…

My builder, Mark Bauer, and my three children thought it would be a great idea to have three Tri-5 convertibles, one of each year– I am sure my kids have ulterior motives! My wife (thankfully) has never complained about my classic car addiction. So I called Bob Dietzler to locate a 1956 convertible with a known history. He found me a one-family owned ’56 Bel Air convertible out of New Jersey. I was a little bit concerned about excessive rust, however he had good photos of the car prior to its marginal restoration. So the project began in November of 2011 and was completed in February of 2015. My only two requests to my builder were to use the original frame and to not cut up the body, otherwise I wanted him to think out of the box. He sure did! Continue reading

Stranger In A Strange Land

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Putting our recent International issue (Chevy Classics, September 2015) together got me thinking about classic cars in unusual places. Seeing a ’61 Impala in Australia or a ’55 Chevy in Sweden is not all that unusual- after all, both of those countries are well known for housing plenty of classic American iron. Seeing a Roman Red 1960 Corvette cruising the streets of downtown London, England is certainly unusual though– especially one with California plates. Yes, our Chief Marketing Officer here at Eckler’s recently recounted this story to me. Or how about a ’55 Chevy convertible packed with locals roaming through the central Italian countryside? Our Director of Marketing here shared that curious tidbit of info once she knew what my “View” this month was all about. My brother, who is somewhat of a world traveler, recently sent me a picture of a brand new Ford Raptor pickup parked in the middle of nowhere, Bora Bora. Or how about this one? Years ago, my father told me he was standing on a street corner in downtown Amsterdam, and a ’70 Hemi ’Cuda rolled up to the lights– with Oregon plates! How does this stuff happen? However these unusual sights come to be, it certainly makes you shake your head and smile a bit! Continue reading

Valvetrain: Pushrod Selection and Installation

tech-PicThe pushrod and its role in the valvetrain is an often overlooked, yet vital piece in the puzzle of high performance. It is the translator of cam and lifter movement to the rocker arms and valves. Bridging the gap between the two, the pushrods are held responsible to deliver the exact orders of the camshaft without flex or deviation.

Most factory-style pushrods were constructed with a welded-on ball tip on each end of the rod. At the tip of the balls is a small hole used for oil transfer and lubrication to the where the pushrod meets the underside of the rocker arm. There have been numerous changes made by aftermarket companies to further improve on the design for specific applications. Although they are all basic in form, there are many facets to the selection of the right pushrod for any high performance motor.

Let’s first take a look at valvetrain geometry and its effects on the function and performance of your engine. When installing a new set of rocker arms or pushrods, it is crucial to obtain the proper working geometry in the valvetrain to maximize your engine’s power potential and reliability. There must be ample clearances for all moving parts of the valvetrain.

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