Very cool looking Custom 1954 Chevy Belair, There is a lot I like about this car, its got good style.
This is a beautiful 54 Chevy designed by my father in law Charlie Gish, which I now own.
The car turns heads everywhere it goes and never leaves an event without a trophy! All that said it is just a pleasure to drive.
Nothing will ever pull up next to you and look the same, sound the same or make you feel the same.
It has been in every major hotrod, streetrod publication as a feature or full article and is used to describe how a custom hot rod should be built and the “simple” details that should be used.
If you were every looking for the “RIGHT” car to own, take to the cruz night, this is it.
I have included some URL’s below but you can also google, 54 chevy belair and you will find this car, EVERYWHERE.
So do your investigation, ask the questions and make me some offers (Don’t waste my time you know what its worth and if you don’t, go to the first part of this sentence again.) as we are on to our next project and it is time to let this one go.
I will do a video for Youtube and try to get it posted as well.
YES, I am considering trades, not your 1982 caddy or 74 Trans AM, etc, but real hot rods, some 60′s 70′s muscle cars, 50′s 60′s Vette’s, etc.
it will need to be like this one, Turn Key and similar in value unless you have CASH to go with it..
Do your research and don’t bid if your “wife” does not know or if you have zero buys or bad feedback as I will cancel your bid.
I will decribe everything in detail to the buyers that are real so email me and we can go over the car and its specifics.
It has its little nick here and there and I know where every one of them is (yes, not many)The paint is like glass!.
On a side note, mechanically, yesterday it was 96 degree’s in Nashua and I drove it to work, sat in traffic, it never over heats and runs excellent, just in case you wondered.
I have put the description of the car as written by Street Rodder below so you could have some details.
Please cut and paste the below URL’s to see some of the magazines and articles this car has been in.
http://stylishkustoms.blogspot.com/2011/03/1954-chevy-chopped-hardtop-kustom.html 1954 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop â€“ Moonglow http://www.streetrodderweb.com/features/0811sr_1954_chevy_bel_air_hardtop/viewall.html#ixzz214pGImQx Sometimes, the world is fortunate to have iconic creations preserved and restored for all to draw inspiration from, while at other times many creations are either lost or destroyed.
Such is the case of Duane Steck’s ’54 Bel Air hardtop, known as Moonglow.
Here was a car that wasn’t created at a notable California custom shop in the 1950s; instead, it came together in the driveway of the owner who had an incredible vision for the transformation of his car to a truly historical level with its style and form.
Gracing the cover of Car Craft magazine in January 1957, the car would continue to earn its share of countless trophies and expanded magazine coverage.
Appearing on numerous covers, it continually evolved over a few years while still owned by Duane, who updated its appearance and colors along the way.
Sadly, as time passed, the car changed hands and was eventually crushed.
Inspiration is the true motivator to keep life in something that was influential, which was Charlie Gish’s main thought as he set out on a 15-year pilgrimage to recreate the Moonglow to the best of his abilities.
Under the hood Searching for a suitable base to start with, and knowing that the chances of finding one in the rust belt where he lived was going to be slim to none, Charlie came across an ultra-clean, bone-stock ’54 Bel Air hardtop from California that definitely fits the bill.
The complete car had one-piece bumpers and tinted glass.
Having completed his research on the original Moonglow, as well as having spoken at length with Moonglow expert Tony Feil of Raritan, New Jersey, Charlie had amassed a complex grouping of information about the car and many of its fine details, which would help him out greatly once the build got started.
His goal was to get the car as close to the original as possible, along with a number of personal revisions he wanted to incorporate into the project.
To get the project started, Charlie contacted the legendary Kelsey Martin to take on the daunting task of chopping the top.
The chop had to be absolutely perfect, and Charlie knew Kelsey was just the right person to take it on.
Kelsey gave the car its signature look by removing 3 1/2 inches from the lid of the Bel Air, but there was far more involved than just the roof cut.
He took on the painstaking responsibilities of making all of the trim fit, as well as ensuring all of the windows worked, even the side vents.
Another extremely involved portion of the build was getting a rear window made that would fit perfectly; for this, Charlie worked with Thunder Road Specialty Auto, where the team was able to make a one-piece Lexan unit that not only fit right the first time but also looked great once installed.
From that point, it was up to Mike Johnson of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, to take on the balance of the body modifications that included filling and peaking the hood, frenching the headlights, shaving the body, and infusing loads of seductiveness into the car’s final form.
Everyone knows the next key to a wicked custom is dialing in the stance, and Charlie took some liberties by installing more modern components, including a Fatman IFS along with Air Ride Technologies ‘bags and dropped spindles, combined with a C’d chassis and an updated driveshaft tunnel and trunk floor, thanks to Dave Joyce of Derry, New Hampshire.
The binders are vintage Chevy drums, while rollers are Wheel Vintiques chrome steelies topped with chrome nipple caps, ensuring that plenty of classic feel keeps the car in check.
Remember, this is a car that Charlie has plenty of sweat-equity in, having personally worked tirelessly on it while he drove it every season as it continued to evolve, amassing more than 20,000 miles in the process! When it came time for the engine build, Charlie had a ’61 Chevy six that was just aching for attention, so he contacted Nelson Kiss of Vassalboro, Maine, to work his magic on it.
After punching out the block to 273 ci, Nelson worked it to perfection, while dropping in a set of new Badger slugs urged by a Howard cam.
An Offenhauser three-pot topped with a set of Rochester single-throats ride shotgun wearing helmet-style air cleaners that suck plenty of air.
A Mallory Unilite was selected to light the fire, while spent gases are dumped thanks to a Fenton header.
Add in plenty of dazzling detail and this is one six-banger that garners many accolades once the hood is opened.
Shifted through a warmed-over TH350 linked to 3.55:1 gears out back, this car is set up for the long haul.
It was time to add some excitement to the mix with all of the body and mechanical updates out of the way, and Charlie contacted Ken Boisclair at Classic Chassis Auto Body to lay down a vibrant coat of Pure White glaze to bring the car to life.
The final icing on the cake came when Charlie got together with the team at Columbia Auto Seat Covers to lay out the interior, as well as fill it with sound and loads of final detail, including a ’61 Chevy steering wheel, a Moon tach, and a skull-topped shifter.
The car in its completed form is nothing short of breathtaking and calls to memory the fine lines of the original Moonglow.
While it is not meant to be an exact recreation of Duane Steck’s masterpiece, it’s one Charlie has wanted all of his life.
The fact that it pays homage to one of the great customs of all time is enough for any true custom fan to appreciate.
CHASSIS Frame / Manufacturer stock / Chevrolet Modifications chassis C’d, driveshaft tunnel & trunk floor modified, all by Dave Joyce (Derry, NH) Chassis plumbing stainless steel & brass Rearend Ratio 3.55:1 Rear suspension Air Ride Technologies (Jasper, IN) ‘bags with POSIES (Hummelstown, PA) leaf springs Rear brakes ’56 Chevy drum Front suspension Fatman Fabrications (Charlotte, NC) IFS with Air Ride Technologies ‘bags & dropped spindles Front brakes ’54 Chevy drum Master cylinder GM dual with Wilwood (Camarillo, CA) proportioning valve Wheel covers chrome nipple caps Wheel make, size Wheel Vintiques (Fresno, CA) chrome steelie, 15×5 Tire make, size Coker (Chattanooga, TN) Classic, P205/75R15 ENGINE Make ’61 Chevrolet block Displacement 273 ci Machining / Assembly by Nelson Kiss (Vassalboro, ME) Crankshaft steel Rods Chevy pickup Pistons Badger (Marinette, WI) 8.5:1 Camshaft Howard (Oshkosh, WI) custom grind Cooling fan SPAL (Ankeny, IA) Alternator GM 100-amp Head stock 235 ci Valves / Springs stainless steel / chrome-moly Valve cover Offenhauser Manifold / Induction Offenhauser three-pot / (3) Rochester PPGM Ignition / Wires Mallory (Cleveland, OH) Unilite / Moroso Headers Fenton Exhaust / Mufflers custom by Jay Lalli (Lowell, MA) / Smitty Other engine facts Wayne side covers, Moon overflow tank, custom louvered battery cover, engine balanced & blueprinted TRANSMISSION Make Chevrolet TH350 Converter B&M Racing (Chatsworth, CA) Shifter Gennie (Denver, CO) Trans mods transmission adapter by Buffalo Enterprises, (Arlington, WA) Driveshaft ’56 Chevrolet BODY Body style / Material hardtop / steel Body manufacturer Chevrolet Body mods top chopped 3Â½” by Kelsey Martin(Beverly, MA), headlights frenched, shaved doors & trunk, gas door filled, all by Mike Johnson (Tyngsboro, MA) Hood shaved & peaked by Mike Johnson Grille ’54 Chevrolet with 15 teeth Bodywork by Mike Johnson Paint type / Color De Beer Valspar / Pure White Painter Ken Boisclair at Classic Chassis Auto Body (Hooksett, NH) Headlights / Taillights ’53 Mercury / ’54 Chevy w/ custom lenses Outside mirror ’56 Chevy Bumpers custom one-piece Other body items custom rear Lexan window by Thunder Road Specialty Auto (Dunstable, MA), & Chrome by Martin’s (Philadelphia, PA) INTERIOR Gauges stock, Auto Meter (Sycamore, IL), Moon (Santa Fe Springs, CA) Stereo / Speakers Alpine (Torrance, CA) / Phoenix Gold (Portland, OR) Air conditioning roll down windows Insulation Dynamat (Hamilton, OH) Wiring Painless (Fort Worth, TX) Steering wheel ’61 Chevrolet Steering column stock, cut down 4″ Upholsterer Columbia Auto Seat Covers (Lawrence, MA) Material / Color vinyl / white & sky blue Carpet Mercedes dark blue square-weave Seatbelts Juliano’s Hot Rod Parts & Interior Products (Ellington, CT) Read more: http://www.streetrodderweb.com/features/0811sr_1954_chevy_bel_air_hardtop/viewall.html#ixzz215Y7HBIW On Jul-21-12 at 12:21:26 PDT, seller added the following information: I have added pictures of the car, underside, trunk, sides, dash, rear, etc.
There are also a few pictures of the nicks I discussed in the description.
I am trying to add a Youtube video right now and will update if I get it done..
On Jul-21-12 at 12:55:05 PDT, seller added the following information: HERE IS THE yOUTUBE VIDEO,, LITTLE SHAKING,, BUT YOU GET THE POINT,, http://youtu.be/myTHbOYu-GYOn Jul-21-12 at 13:45:50 PDT, seller added the following information: Here is another youtube like for the air ride,, http://youtu.be/LmU3mlXPjE0On Jul-24-12 at 11:41:01 PDT, seller added the following information: I have been asked if the body was taken down to the metal and YES it was.
The front fenders were off, firewall down to metal, trunk, top sides, everything,,, This is not a “filler” car.
I have the pictures if anyone needs them.
I have the body down to metal, motor out, firewall being done, top, doors, trunk, etc..
I can only get so many pictures on here so email me and I will get them to you..
On Jul-24-12 at 14:19:19 PDT, seller added the following information: I ASKED YOUTUBE ABOUT THE SHAKING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A WAY TO FIX IT,, THEY DID BUT IT DISTORTS THE VIDEO A BIT,, IF YOU WANT THE ORIGINAL, WITH THE SHAKE, LET ME KNOW,,