Chevrolet Bel Air 57 Customized

Where are the leads, the cables, and the hoses?

Simplicity is in the complex hidden details of this 57 Chevrolet Bel Air ground up custom cruiser.

LS motor install in 57 Chev with Morrison Chassis. Engine bay shaved of all wiring and leads

The engine bay of this customized 57 Chevy Bel Air is fully shaved. Fully fabricated firewall designed for a clean appearance, leads, wires, cables, lines and hoses almost entirely hidden.

57 Chevy Bel Air by Dennis Gaya maintains the factory design on the outside, completely redesigned and modified everywhere else

What I love about this 57 Bel Air is that the builder / owner, Dennis Gaya, has maintained the external appearance of the original, but beneath the classic 57 ride’s cover is a design and fabrication masterpiece.

Image of soft saddle colored leather interior of this 57 Chevrolet Bel Air custom

Front and rear bucket seats in soft leather, and modern power window controls in the center console complement the luxury fitting to the highest standards of interior comfort.

Rear window shelf of this 57 Chevrolet Bel Air custom is finished to perfection with billet speaker covers perfectly matched to the saddle color interior.

Polish, clarity, and the finest of details present this 57 Chevrolet Bel Air custom as a better than new car. This cruiser is flawless. The rear shelf speaker covers are designed from billet aluminum and perfectly matched in color to the saddle color interior.

Image shows dashboard and driver controls of the 57 Bel Air custom. The removable iPad is integrated into the center console. This technology controls most of the classic's electronics.

Controls and switches are fully electronic. The removable iPad located in the center console controls the electronics and switching in the entire car. Controls can be selected remotely when the iPad is removed.

Image of passenger door hinge area. The wiring for the electric windows is hidden in a grove at the bottom edge of the door hinge, so all wiring is totally hidden away.

Yes! It’s a common door hinge, but this holds a secret. Wiring for the electric windows is hidden in a grooved edge on the underside of the casting. An example of the effort and planning by owner, builder Dennis Gaya. So much effort to present a simple and clean design.

Image of rear quarter section and back window of 57 Chev Bel Air

The exterior of this custom 57 Chevrolet Bel Air is mostly stock in appearance, and finished in such a way that it amplifies the factory’s original design without distracting the admirer with any individual design element. The only distraction is the sheer beauty of this cruiser as a package and the enormous effort taken in the ground-up build.

Front left quarter view of the red 57 Chevrolet Belair customized car.

The Morrison chassis places the stance of this 57 Bel Air in a capable and balanced position. The smooth lines in the reflected highlights exemplify the paint and body finish.

Morrison chassis with the LS engine

This image, courtesy of Dennis Gaya, presents the Morrison chassis complete with LS3. Meticulous attention to detail from the ground up.

Wilwood brakes and period matched wheels on this 57 Bel Air custom

Wide rims help keep this 57 Bel Air glued to the pavement and the Wilwood brakes keep the LS3 motor in control. The original 1957 wheel arch design is emphasized by the modern suspension components.

The LS3 engine is stroked to 416 cubic inches and was built by Mast Motorsports. A modified GM 4L80-E is upgraded to six speeds with paddle shifters to add another modern and convenient touch.

 

 

 

Post Author: Alan O'Neill

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