Tom Davis purchased his 1957 Chevy 27 years ago, and it has been a project that has, unfortunately, taken a backseat while life has got in the way – a relatable situation for some many gearheads.
Tom has always dreamed of owning a 1957 Chevy, and when the movie Hollywood Nights came out, it only inspired him to find one of his own even more. When he found a barn find 210 local to him, in Boise, Idaho, listed for $2500, he found his next project. Although it was just a roller with no engine or transmission, he saw potential since the body and chassis were in great shape.
The weekend he got the car, he and a friend completely dissembled it, and Tom would start to amass the parts he needed over the years. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it would be another 27 years until the dream would become a priority once again.
“Both of my parents had health complications for many years and I had to focus on their care instead of myself My mom passed away five years ago and never got to see my car completed, but over the years she has gifted me a few parts for my car which makes it extra special,” Tom Davis shared with us.
It was in 2018 when Tom’s 82 year-old father said something that struck a nerve, he said to Tom, “I will never get to ride in your 57, will I?” – which put the project into overdrive. By the time he dad turned 83, he finally got that ride! Being able to take his dad for a ride has been a blessed memory that Tom will hold onto forever – his dad unfortunately had a stroke in February and remains very ill. He hopes to give his dad another birthday ride one day.
Starting in late 2018 several friends and members of his Car Club, Bootleggers Idaho Street Outlaws assisted me with final assembly, and they finished Hell Raiser just two days before our 1st National Car Show of the year. Black Magic Customs of Boise, Idaho also donated hundreds of hours to paint and air brush my car. Hell Raiser received four awards for that show and has been winning several awards ever since.
When asked about the future of the build, Tom offered, “I really enjoy showing my car. My 1st National Car Show Event I received three awards. I would like to continue a limited show tour in 2020. Looking at adding a few more safety modification in 2021 and go drag racing. Hoping to get “Hell Raiser” in the 10’s.”
“Thank you again for your service, support and supplying me with the BEST product I needed to make my dream car a reality!” Tom Davis sent in a note to COMP Cams.
Engine: Dart SHP 406, Dart Pro1 heads. COMP Cam valve train includes camshaft part number CS 280XFI HR-13, COMP Ultra Pro Magnum rockers, lifters, and timing set.
Edelbrock tunnel ram intake, two Holley Ultra HP 650 carbs and MSD Ignition. Built by Valley Crankshaft.
Drivetrain: Stage II Performance Transmission TH350, Ford 9” rearend with 4.11:1 gears
Suspension: Caltrac shocks, 2” drop spindles
Braking: Wilwood disc brakes
Body: Black Cherry Pearl paint done by Black Magic Customs Boise, Idaho
Interior: Ciadella Ultra leather Interior kit installed by Marty Sutton Kustoms Unlimited – Nampa, Idaho
1/4 Mile E/T: Car was built to run 11:20s with 9inch tires
Power: Street tune with pump gas 550hp/ 580trq @ 6000rpm