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Old 10-13-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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Tuner Update - 2007 US Custom rod of the year awarded




California - A collaborative effort from owner Wes Rydell and world renowned hot rod builder Chip Foose, has gone into construction of this custom 1954 Chevy Bel Air, and it seems to have payed off by taking away the coveted Goodguys/Mr Clean AutoDry Car Wash 2007 Custom Rod of the Year award in the US.


Finished with custom copper Glasurit paint, this ‘54 Bel Air is as retro-tech as it gets, and runs front and rear Corvette C5 suspension with matching callipers that bite huge Baer brake rotors.


Only on close inspection will you appreciate the work that has gone into this beautiful crafted machine, with Wes and Foose’s plan being not to stray away from the original factory lines - subtly is the key. They even refrained from chopping the roof!



Unlike most award winning street machines this 1954 Chevy Bel Air is regularly used by its owner Wes and his wife for what it was originally designed for – cruising, and has already seen 10,000 miles of quality highway action around the states.


http://www.carupdate.com.au/2411/tun...-year-awarded/



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Old 10-14-2007, 06:31 PM   #2
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OMG!!! that's so hot!!...
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Old 10-14-2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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Super Clean. I'm glad they didn't go for that Way Tired Matchbox look that Foose is famous for...
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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My uncle has a Bel Air that he restored and put a 450hp crate motor into. He drag races it when he gets the chance and cruises with it all the time. Such a nice looking car and it runs high 12's all day long.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:16 AM   #5
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Nice job
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:55 PM   #6
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Call me crazy, but I would have loved to have seen a Foose inspired 02-07 WRX. If I had the money, I would send mine and tell him to have fun with it
I like his style. He makes suttle changes, but makes the car look like it should have came from the factory. FOOSE is the MAN
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:56 PM   #7
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Old 10-17-2007, 02:56 PM   #8
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Old 10-17-2007, 03:12 PM   #9
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Has Foose done an import? I think he has...
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:18 PM   #10
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WOW! That is gorgeous.
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:38 PM   #11
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Good pictures!That really shows it off better.The rear wheels are tough(wide too).
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:33 PM   #12
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Has Foose done an import? I think he has...
I would love to see it if anyone could find it. and it would be bad a$$ if it was a WRX. (dreaming though)
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:31 PM   #13
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I would love to see it if anyone could find it. and it would be bad a$$ if it was a WRX. (dreaming though)
I think it was a civic...of all things.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:46 PM   #14
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Not his best work

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Old 10-19-2007, 08:46 PM   #15
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It is for the people that have too much money. I do not see the purpose of it; performance? : not for the money. Style ? : been there done that million of times over, sure there are changes but it is the shape that I see every week at a swap meet. practicality? Can't get over speed bump, and you do not want to drive across the country in that thing without a support truck behind.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #16
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Change the wheels and color.
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I wonder how well that corvette suspension handles a car 2-3 times heavier then they were designed for.
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I wonder how well that corvette suspension handles a car 2-3 times heavier then they were designed for.
Im sure its alot better than what the car came with.

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That car sucks....sucks because I don't own it.
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Not his best work

lol, I guess he gave viewers a clear reason why imports are not welcomed on the show
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:35 AM   #21
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This means as much to me as Hulk Hogan winning "Father of the Year 2007" award.
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