Noriyuki Nakoshi is the owner of New Jacks in Ibaraki, Japan. New Jacks opened its door for business in 1996. Since then, they have restored some of the cleanest Chevys in the Japanese lowrider scene. Their highly accredited restoration is only complemented by their ability to obtain genuine Chevy parts for their builds.
Through Instagram I was able see some of their builds that included the Tri-Five’s they have at the shop. The lineup of the second generation Bel Air’s included an aqua ’55, this ’56, and a black ’57. During my trip to Japan, I was able to meet up with Nori at the Mopona Swapmeet and Car Show and decided to shoot his ’56. The Tri-Five’s middle child stood out with its abundance of chrome, and the distinctive side trim that allowed for unlimited two-tone color combination schemes. Chevy also gave ’56 a full-width grille instead of the Ferrari-inspired grille that was found on the ’55 models. The ’56 redesign also included concealed fuel filler hidden behind the driver-side taillight. Cadillac popularized the hidden fuel door and the 1956 Bel Air model was the first to have it.
New Jacks began the restoration process by completing the bodywork before two-toning it with a blue and black paint combo. Even though he was building a cruiser, Nori wanted a high-performance motor. He installed a 350 with all the bells and whistles under the hood. The interior received a Cars Inc. interior kit while in the trunk he added a two-pump chrome setup with four Adexs. He completed his build by adding cross-laced wire wheels and having the infamous Fonzy flying for the trunk mural. We’d like to thank New Jacks for allowing us to shoot his ’56 while in Japan and keep and eye out for a feature on a New Jacks-built ’55 in an upcoming issue.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible
Vehicle Nickname: Platinum VI
Owner: Noriyuki Nakoshi
City/State: Ibaraki, Japan
Club: Whuts Goin On CC
Engine: 350 with Quick Fuel Technology drag race carburetor, CFR polished aluminum ball milled air cleaner and valve covers, Powermaster chrome alternator, Edelbrock intake, Lokar throttle cable and mounting bracket, CPP master cylinder and brake booster, Earls Fittings with braided hoses, ARP bolts, MSD distributor,Taylor sparkplug wires, and a Be Cool aluminum radiator with dual electric fans
Body/Paint: Two-tone gun blue and black paintjob by New Jacks with a trunk mural by Fonzy
Suspension: Two chrome OG Stillman pumps, four Adexs, six batteries, and four switches
Interior: Cars Inc. charcoal gray and light blue vinyl
Sound: Alpine deck hidden away in the tissue dispenser, Rockford Fostgate amp pushing Pioneer mids in custom kick panels and a 10-inch Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofer
Wheels/Tires: 13-inch cross-laced chrome and gold Zeniths / Hercules 155/80/13 tires