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How to build a 1955 Chevy in Seven Days!

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 11/27/2019 Steven Rupp,Taylor Kempkes
a person in a red and black truck sitting on top of a building: 001-1955-Chevy-Week-To-Wicked-CPP-Build© Taylor Kempkes 001-1955-Chevy-Week-To-Wicked-CPP-Build
a person in a red and black truck sitting on top of a building: 001-1955-Chevy-Week-To-Wicked-CPP-Build

The Seventh Day

For our toughest Week to Wicked build yet, we needed all seven days to get our 1955 Chevy on the road!

a close up of a car© Taylor Kempkes

As an ancient proverb states, every journey begins with a single step, and Monday is when we take that step in our CPP Super Chevy Week To Wicked Presented by Golden Star Classic Auto Parts. This time around we built a sweet "1955" Chevy. Why the quotes? Well, our '55 body was crafted together out of new sheetmetal from Golden Star and sits on a completely aftermarket chassis provided by CPP. Add in all of the other aftermarket bits from companies such as American Legend, Bowler, Covercraft, Dakota Digital, Danchuk, Eaton, E-Stopp, Falken, Gandrud Chevrolet, Hot Rods By Dean, Old Air Products, Painless, TMI, and United Pacific and the end result is a 1955 created from 100-percent new parts! No rust and no damage from time or Mother Nature, just a sweet, clean canvas for us to work with.

a truck is parked on the side of a building© Taylor Kempkes

For past builds, we've started with done cars, or shells of cars, but the parts going in were far less complicated and numerous. This time we started with a shell of a car, made completely from fresh Golden Star sheetmetal by the guys at Real Deal Steel, and added every part you could think of. Full A/C system? Check. Power seats and windows? Check. Custom one-off interior? Check. Latest GM LT1 engine? Check. Six-speed manual trans? Check. And the list goes on.

The entire car has fresh wiring, and between all the systems (LT1, trans, Raingear wipers, stereo, seats, A/C, etc.) it was the single biggest project of the week. Typically, we finish our builds on the fifth day, but after working on the car for 13 hours on Friday we called it a day so we could start fresh Saturday morning. The fenders went on, the clutch was bled, and the front-end wiring was buttoned up. At noon on Saturday we had yet to even bump over the LT1. But, the work continued. All the fluids were added, the fenders were buttoned up, and the Eddie Motorsports billet hood hinges bolted on in preparation for the Golden Star Smoothie hood. The interior wiring was finished and the Dakota Digital dash, and matching clock, was installed so the TMI dash cover could slide into its new home.

© Taylor Kempkes

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, the LT fired to life and, after buttoning up a few wiring glitches and fixing a small leak, the car was deemed roadworthy. But it was late and we wanted pictures, so we covered up the '55 and waited to road test on Sunday. The drive went great and, to be honest, it drove and rode better than any W2W project we had done in the past.

© Taylor Kempkes
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