A bridal registry is a list of necessities that soon to be married couples send out to invited guests in the hope that some will contribute to the beginning of their joint relationship. For wedding gifts, those attendees usually show up with punch bowls or silverware but for twenty-two year-old Stevee Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado, her gift was much more extravagant. This gift was certainly not on a bridal registry, that’s for sure. It started in 2005, when she met her now husband, Silviano Smith, at the Denver Lowrider show. They immediately hit it off because of their shared passion for custom cars. After spending three perfect years together, Silviano decided to ask Stevee to marry him. The wedding was set for Halloween, and Silviano went on the search for the perfect wedding gift for his bride.
He located a 1954 Chevrolet 210 that had been neglected and was in dire need of a new home. He made arrangements to purchase the vehicle and give it to Stevee on their wedding night. You can imagine the pressure he felt to get the ’54 up to his standards for his newlywed bride. Once completed, the nervous day arrived and Stevee was elated to receive the wedding gift of a lifetime. For the next ten months Stevee exhaustively worked to perfect the Chevy to give it her own style. She enlisted Larry Beasley of LB Restorations in Colorado Springs. Larry started the project by rebuilding the six cylinder 235-c.i.d. motor, bringing the new present to driving status.
Larry’s next step was the bodywork, and he efficiently added sheet metal where there was any rust and straightened the bodylines back to factory specifications. An expert painter, he laid down layers of PPG original factory Mint Green with White throughout the body. The next step was adjusting the aggressive stance of the classic. Stevee brought the Chevy to Mark Harmon, of Envious Kustoms in Colorado Springs, for the suspension work. A two-compressor, two-tank setup brings the 210 as close to the ground as possible. Paco, at Mayo’s Upholstery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, showed his expertise adding green vinyl & cloth throughout the cabin, perfectly complementing Larry’s clean exterior look.
Joining her husband as a member of Good Times C.C., the bride and groom now proudly arrive to every hangout or cruise in one of the finest Chevy classics in Colorado! As possibly one of the best gifts Stevee could have ever imagined, she tells us, “I can’t wait to see the ten-year anniversary gift!” She adds, “I have a space in the garage waiting for it.” Good luck Silviano, you’re gonna have a heck of a time topping this present! Great work!
“The Wedding Crasher”
Owner: Stevee Smith
Vehicle: ’54 Chevrolet 210
Car Club: Good Times C.C.
City/State: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Paint/Body: Larry Beasley of LB Restorations handled all the bodywork and added factory PPG Mint Green and White. J & S Polishing in Colorado Springs, Colorado reconditioned the stainless steel and Denver Bumper handled the chrome plating.
Suspension: The ’54 has a full airbag setup using Viair equipment installed by Mark Harmon at Envious Kustoms in Colorado Springs, Colorado consisting of two chrome-plated five gallon tanks, Slam Specialty bags, and two 480 chrome compressors. Three switches control all the moves.
Interior: Paco at Mayo’s Upholstery in Colorado Springs, Colorado refurbished the interior by using a green vinyl and cloth combination.
Wheels: 15-inch Original Steelies.
Tires: 640 BF Goodrich Wide Whitewalls.