F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Dave and Sue Ciappa
Lockport, New York
1953 Studebaker Starlite coupe
CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer modified ’62 Hawk / Studebaker
Modifications custom-fab’d 2x4 front clip
Chassis plumbing stainless
Rearend / Ratio 9-inch Ford / 3.25:1
Rear suspension Chassis Engineering Inc. (West Branch, IA) leaf, Air Ride Technologies (Jasper, IN) airbags, Cadillac sway bar & Pro Shocks (Lawrenceville, GA) shocks
Rear brakes SSBC (Clarence, NY) discs
Front suspension Heidt’s Hot Rod Shop (Wauconda, IL) IFS & dropped spindles, Air Ride airbags & Chassis Engineering Inc. sway bar
Front brakes SSBC disc, Pro shocks
Master cylinder dual reservoir, remote fill
Steering r&p
Front wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog, 18x7
Rear wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog, 18x8
Front tire make, size BFGoodrich, 215/40-18
Rear tire make, size BFGoodrich, 235/50-18
Gas tank Studebaker, 20-gal.
Other chassis items chassis mods by Guy Evans (Visalia, CA)
ENGINE
Make Chevrolet
Displacement 327ci
Crankshaft .010-.010, balanced
Rods GM Performance Parts ARP bolts
Pistons TRW forged
Camshaft Isky, 201/256
Water pump Edelbrock (Torrance, CA)
Cooling fan Cooling Components (St. Louis, MS)
Radiator Walker Radiator Works (Memphis TN)
Alternator GM, 100-amp
Heads Chevrolet, iron
Valves / Springs Manley / COMP Cams (Memphis, TN)
Rockers COMP Cams
Valve covers powdercoated Billet Specialties (La Grange, IL)
Manifold / Induction custom fabricated / custom Delco port injection
Ignition / Wires MSD (El Paso, TX)
Headers smoothed & coated, iron ram horns manifolds
Exhaust / Mufflers 2 1/2” coated / Flowmaster (Santa Rosa, CA)
Other engine facts all brightwork powdercoated
TRANSMISSION
Make GM, 700-R4
Converter 2,100-rpm stall, TCI Automotive (Ashland, MS)
Driveshaft custom fabricated
BODY
Body style / Material two-door coupe / steel
Body manufacturer Studebaker
Body mods filled & shaved
Hood shaved
Grille modified stock
Bodywork Tim Fidanza, Fidanza’s Custom Paint & Body (Gasport, NY)
Paint type / Color PPG / 9300-Black
Painter Fidanza’s Custom Paint & Body
Headlights / Taillights tri-bar halogen / Studebaker
Bumpers smoothed & tucked Studebaker
INTERIOR
Dashboard '57 Studebaker Silver Hawk
Gauges Dakota Digital (Sioux Falls, SD)
Stereo / Speakers Alpine / Pioneer
Air conditioning Vintage Air (San Antonio, TX)
Wiring Ron Francis Wire Works (Chester, PA)
Steering wheel Billet Specialties
Steering column ididit (Tecumseh, MI)
Interior mirror Studebaker
Seats T-bird
Upholsterer Jimmy Z
Material / Color leather / gray
Carpet wool
Seatbelts Juliano's Hot Rod Parts (Ellington, CT)