Gene picked an EZ Boy kit when it came to the interior. The taupe and white vinyl kit came in time to keep Gene and Karen busy during the winter when it was too cold to work in the garage. They used their Ping-Pong table in the basement for building the seats, and they installed the entire interior with the exception of the headliner-they called on expert Scott Downey for this tricky part. A JVC CD player supplies the music while Vintage Air will supply the heat and air for driving comfort.

Gene says if he was to do it over again he would probably use a Mustang II-type front suspension and a mildly modified Chevy 6 with dual pipes. Personally, I wouldn't change a thing. This custom is right on.

F A C T S & F I G U R E S
Gene and Karen Weaver
Wichita, Kansas
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer stock / Chevrolet
Wheelbase stock, 115”
Modifications ’69 Camaro subframe
Chassis plumbing stock / Chevy
Rearend / Ratio ’75 Nova / 2.73:1
Rear suspension stock, 2” blocks
Rear brakes drum, ’75 Nova
Front suspension ’69 Camaro
Front brakes ’69 Camaro / drum
Master cylinder ’75 Nova
Steering box stock ’69 Camaro
Wheel covers ’57 Caddy
Front wheel make, size Chevy Steel, 15”
Rear wheel make, size Chevy Steel, 15”
Front tire make, size Diamond Back Classics (Conway, SC) wide whites, 205/75/15
Rear tire make, size Diamond Back wide whites, 205/75/15
Gas tank The Filling Station (Lebanon, OR)
Other chassis items front A-arms narrowed 1” & Just Suspension front springs

ENGINE
Make 1975 Chevrolet
Displacement 350ci
Machining / Assembly O’Reilly Auto Parts
Pistons stock Chevy 40 over
Camshaft COMP Cams (Memphis, TN) model 12-242-2
Water pump Chevy short pump
Cooling fan stainless steel
Radiator ’79 Chevy Impala three-row
Valve covers SSI finned aluminum
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock (Torrance, CA) / Edelbrock 600-cfm
Exhaust / Mufflers Smithy’s / Bill’s American Mufflers (Wichita, KS)