December 2019

Ken Hanks'
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

Heath, Texas

I first of all would like to say thanks to the Tri Five Club for recognizing my car. I purchased the car in Ft. Worth, TX in 1989. The car was in good condition for a 1957 Belair 2 door HT. I wanted to update the car but keep a nostalgic look. Although it has taken over 25 years of updates I have enjoyed every moment of it. The original motor has been replaced with a ZZ4 GM crate motor with aluminum heads and aluminum intake with two four holey set up. I changed the original power glide transmission to a 700 R4 transmission. The rear end is a 9” ride tech coil over with a triangulated four link. The front has 2 ½” stainless steel tubular arms. The disc brakes are manufactured by Wilwood both front and back. The radiator is polished aluminum manufactured by Walker with twin electric fans. Installed and polished Ididit steering column. I replaced all the gauges with digital gauges that resemble the factory look. I replaced all glass through out the car. I had the car painted GM Victory Red. I left the original seats. The car you might say has old school looks and new style looks! I can’t take credit for all the work done on this car. Most of the work was done by North TX Rod and Customs in Kemp, Tx. Their crew, Jack Jon and staff did a great job at a fair price. I could go on and on. I have recently retired and look forward to spending more time with my passion.