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Project "Fresh Prince" a 1963 Chevrolet Belair 2 door you might call it a lowrod

I really hate project names, but hell I thought it would be funny to call this Fresh Prince since its a Belair.
Call is Carlton if you want to I dont give a shit lol:rofl:

All being built in house at Smith Chassis & Metalworks/Cool Cars Engineering in Clarksville, IN

First, some renderings


first a sketch by nelson michael (he does full renderings too)


and one by Gerald Martin (an impala but you get the idea)
 

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the long and short of it... I work on it when i get time from working on customers projects, the build will go through a couple phases, and a couple engines, the first phase Ill run a carbd 350, ultimately id like to put an ls based engine in it... this is a budget build... theres a long story behind it, follow along if you want...

wheels are (for right now) 18 and 20x10 Boss 338s(color matched to the top color of the car, but flattened)

the circumstances surrounding how I got the car are strange, I had a 92 Mazda B2200 that was bagged, and bodydropped, and I had pretty much grown out of the whole minitruck phase for my personal taste, I did some bartering, trading the Mazda for a Honda 426 EX 4 wheeler, then trading the 4 wheeler for the Belair. The Belair was already in our possession for the better part of 2 years and already had new floor pans, and new quarters put on, the bottom of the car was sprayed with a textured coating, and sprayed charcoal grey along with the firewall. At this point I could have put the car together the way it was, put our basic air setup on it, and called it a day. I wanted more than that, I wanted it lower, but still with a rake, and still going with a budget, I pulled the canadian x frame from underneath the car and had it sand blasted, began collecting new parts, including new body mount bushings, and bolts, upper and lower bushings and ball joints, 800 series gear box out of a 79 Monte Carlo, McGaughys dropped spindles, cross drilled and slotted rotors, and a set of Boss 338 wheels 18×8 and 20×10(budget reasons). Once I had a good amount of parts collected we got to work, on the front end, replacing the bushings, and balljoints in the control arms, and painting them chassis black. From there, we mocked up the front suspension, using our off the shelf CCE air system brackets for the front of the 58-64 Chevy x frame, with a firestone 2600lb bag, and made our upper and lower shock mounts. In the rear, we cut off the factory rear spring mounts, shock mounts, and panhard bar mounts, and notched the frame 2 inches, doing this, we were not able to use our bolt in wishbone conversion. To remedy this, we raised the banana bar mount on the frame about an inch, and constructed a new wishbone, that utilizes the factory rear end banana bar mount, and a similar mount on the opposite side of the differential, we were then able to use our bolt in lower air bag trailing arms, and construct a new upper mount on the frame… as of July 16, 2011 we have to make our upper shock mounts for the rear, and notch the front of the frame for the exhaust and the frame is ready for paint. We will then re paint the belly and firewall of the car, assemble the chassis, and put the body back on the car to have a roller…

how it was when we got it..




Blasted the upper, and lower control arms, all new bushings, and ball joints


got the frame out from under the car and ready to take to get blasted


and its back...

shaving and coating the firewall


mcgaughys spindles, cross drilled and slotted rotors


lower mocked up with our brackets and a firestone 2600

 

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mocking the front up to get the front shocks done






weve got it equated to about a 2 inch notch




Making lower rear arms


lining up the new mount on the rear end



Wishbone, upper mounts, and lower mounts close to done


start of the lower shock mounts...


thanks for looking guys, I hope to have the frame notched up front for the exhaust, and my upper shock mounts done by the end of next week(depending on customer demands haha)
 

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Can't wait to see how it turns out...
 
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