South Side Car Club of Los Angeles, California, is synonymous with attention to style and detail. You’ll find it hard to locate a better gathering of cars from the ’50s and ’60s in any custom car circle; it’s almost as if when the South Side guys restore a car they make it even better than factory. Modern technology is slipped between the vintage sheets of metal; high-performance engines along with the creature comforts of audio and the latest in restoration techniques seem to be the main items of the club’s mechanical menus.
The club’s cars are almost always group efforts and can be seen at the best events, in the best publications (such as lRM) and even at local happenings (such as Sako’s sandwich shop on those Friday night cruise-ins when weather permits the early dusk gatherings). When we first caught a glimpse of “Big Manny’s” ’56 Chevy Bel Air convertible, “Star Struck,” it seemed that there should’ve been some sort of red carpet beneath it. With the elegant colors and design that were picked out for the tri-five cruiser, this ragtop is anything but ragged.
Ah yes, well, as we’ve mentioned before, it takes a dedicated team to give great effort in creating a work of art like this ’56 Bel Air. People like Lenard’s, Lee Mulholland and “Indio” are only used to doing their best and nothing less, right? Kudos to South Side C.C. for another worthy cover car and to all involved, take a much deserved bow!
Star StruckOwner: “Big Manny”Vehicle: ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air convertibleCity/State: Orange County, CaliforniaClub: South Side C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: “Indio” and his crew had the great task of putting together a 383-c.i.d. “stroker” engine from crate to engine bay using only the best in high-performance goods. hardware such as AFr aluminum heads and a Street & Performance serpentine belt kit adds to the impact of the highly detailed powerplant. While the car was in Indio’s shop in Fullerton, California, it also received a powertrain upgrade in the form of a B&M 700r4 transmission from the auspicious Team C Performance in Paramount, California. The exhaust is also dialed in with a stainless steel Flowmaster hushpower system done up at Lenard’s Custom Fabrication in Fullerton.
Body/Paint: The car’s exterior was above par to begin with so it was just a matter of getting g’s Auto Body in Long Beach, California, to get the body prepped for the classy color scheme of Anniversary gold and Vanilla Crme with a white pearl finish. Keeping up with details is the flawless chrome and stainless work done by rodrigo at Fullerton Custom Works in Fullerton. Other notable options on the ride include Og front and rear bumper guards, two nuVue spotlights, nOS top-fender birds, factory Continental kit, and power windows and vents.
Interior: “Mr. Freddy”-the master of material upholstery at Bowtie Connection in Artesia, California-installed the Og interior kit from CArS, Inc. to perfection. The color perfectly complements the exterior, as does the convertible top with its restored and painted frame. Other wow-factor goodies such as the custom dash, steering wheel, pedals, clock and accessories make this a prime car in anyone’s eyes.
Sound System: A trip to 562 Kustoms in Paramount was all it took to get the audio up and running. “Big Sexy” installed the mostly Alpine sound system with a trio of 8-inch rockford Fosgate woofers to mix things up a bit. And for visuals, there’s a beautiful and fully functional color bar working a miniature light show whenever the audio hits hard enough.
Setup: Indio and his talented crew also get kudos for the craftsmanship done to the hydro hookup. The heart of the system is a pair of Pesco 779 pumps feeding the system with the help of four Og Adel dumps through stainless steel hardlines. a Prestolite solenoid pack linked to six 24 series batteries gets the power to the system, while a pair of 6-inch cylinders in the front and 10s in the rear with 1-ton coils round out the heavenly hookup. Lenard’s Custom Fabrication did the chassis work, including swapping the old front end for a Fatman front clip and adding a rear four-link setup.
Wheels: 13×7 72-spoke Zenith wires with powdercoated spokes