Week to Wicked is back and the crews from Super Chevy Magazine and Classic Performance Products, Inc. (CPP) are ready for another wicked week-long build! Tune-in Sept. 16-20, 2019 to watch the build LIVE and follow daily coverage all week as the crews work together to transform a "new" 1955 Chevy sheet-metal shell into one wicked Tri-Five! For the most up-to-date coverage and more, be sure to follow us on social media and sign-up to our email list!
Starting from the freshly prepped "1955" body there was no tear down for Day 1, but a ton of parts had to get ready to install onto CPP's New OE-style 1955 Chevy frame. The new frame is based on a factory-style chassis (along with a few upgrades) helping make most of the new parts ready to bolt-on. Up front, the CPP Totally Tubular Control Arms and Viking Dual-Adjustable Coil-Over Kit went in, along with CPP's New Corvette-Style 2" drop spindles and modern heavy-duty sealed bearing hubs, followed by CPP's 14" Pro-Series 6-Piston Performance Big Brake Kit. In the rear, CPP's brand New triangular four-link setup incorporates Viking Dual-Adjustable Coil-Overs to complete the set on all four corners. CPP's High-Clearance front and rear Sway Bar Kits and CPP's 500 Series Power Steering Box bolt in place to further sharpen the handling of this '55 corner-carver. Stay tuned for more!
Day 2 was all about bolting on parts. One team was focused on the body, installing the AC System and starting the big job of wiring, while the other had their attention on the New CPP OE-Style 1955 Chevy Frame. Final installation and brake line plumbing was completed to both front and rear CPP 14" Pro-Series 6-Piston Performance Big Brake Kits, ensuring this shoebox will stop on a dime. The huge 29-gallon CPP EFI Aluminum Fuel tank was installed along with a host of CPP EFI Fuel System components and ready to feed the incoming new Gen V LT1 small-block V-8 powerplant mated to a T56 6-speed manual transmission.
The tone set for Day 3 was to wrap-up any loose ends before reaching the main goal of bringing down the '55 body to its home on the new CPP chassis and modern drivetrain. Final connections to wiring for engine management on the new LT1 and E-Stopp Electronic Parking Brake were made on the chassis, while further wiring continued in the body for lighting and creature comforts such as power windows and audio system. The aluminum drive shaft measurements proved to be correct and now connected the Magnum 6-Speed transmission to the limited-slip rearend. A big step of the build progress is made as the crew worked hand and hand bringing together the frame and body for the first time, but there's still more in store before the '55 reaches its final form. Stay tuned as Week to Wicked continues!
Thrashing through Day 4, the crew continued to knock out the busy laundry list of details getting a big step closer to our goal. Crunching a full custom interior install into a matter of hours is no simple task, but as the cabin came together so did the AC system, core support and cooling, tail-lights, and exhaust system. A set of American Legend Wheels get prepped, but there's plenty more to complete before final pieces of the puzzle are set in place. Stay tuned for the final build day!
Day 5 of Week to Wicked typically ends as a day of "firsts" such as firing the engine followed by smokey burnouts, but in this installment we find ourselves heading into Day 6. This car is being done the right way and not a "slapped together to look done enough for video" way, so when the all-new '55 drives out of our Motor Trend Tech Center it really will be a done car. The main focus of the day was more wiring, which is always one of the toughest aspects of these builds, but we also installed the CPP Hydrastop Hydraulic Brake Assist System and plumbed it into the CPP 500 Series Power Steering Systems. Falken tires were mounted to the a set of Racer American Legend wheels and we started prepping the fenders for final install. Stay tuned for more Week to Wicked!
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MONDAY, Sept. 16, 2019, 12:00 AM PST until SUNDAY, Sept. 22, 2019 11:59 PM PST. Must enter or mention Promo Code: W2W55.
10% savings will be applied to all minimum merchandise orders totaled $399 USD or more in the same order, before taxes. Applies to all qualifying CPP product line only. Excludes items already discounted and/or on sale, intro-priced items, upgrades, non-CPP IFS kits, 4-Bar suspension kits, Air Ride kits, ididit columns, Air Control Systems, FiTech EFI Kits, and American Legend Wheels. No additional discounts can be applied. Discount can not be applied to the purchase of Gift Certificates.
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All new metal is prepped and assembled for the Week to Wicked '55 Chevy. Check out the step by step process and photo gallery at the link below.
Installing a late-model engine and transmission into a Tri-Five Chevy has become even easier. Check out the process at the link below.
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