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A Superior C10 Fleetside, With a BPE 350

A Superior C10 Fleetside, With a BPE 350

First cars are special. But for classic car lovers like us, classic cars are almost like a member of the family. We loved reading this story from our friends at the HotRod Network and thought we would highlight this excerpt:

Art Ybarra was 18-years-old when he got his first job working at the Magma Copper Mine in Superior, Arizona.

He noticed this 1972 Fleetside beauty at a used car dealership in a less than attractive shade of green and white with a huge camper on the back. It was on sale for $2,700 and was his first automobile purchase.

In the early 1980s, life happened and he ultimately sold the truck to raise money for a house. Fortunately for him, his brother Frank accepted Art’s sales terms that allowed him to buy it back if it was ever up for sale. That day came 26 years later and he bought it back but in rough shape.

Its condition didn’t matter much to Art as he had frame-off restoration plans. He started by stripping it down to the frame and began distributing parts.

Later on, he added a BluePrint 350 crate engine that produces 310 horsepower and 360 pound-per-foot of torque and a 700-R4 overdrive transmission.

House of Kolor Candy Brandywine paint was applied that is just the perfect finishing touch. Art’s car was even awarded a “Coolest Paint” recognition by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals at a local car show in the first eight months since restoration!

It’s a beautiful car, Art! Thank you for trusting BluePrint Engines with your classic car.

Curious about getting your own BluePrint Engines crate engine or other accessories? Be sure to check out the products we offer or give us a call at 1-800-483-4263.

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The 1955 Chevy 210: Offering Balance and Nostalgia

The 1955 Chevy 210: Offering Balance and Nostalgia

The Chevrolet Two-Ten, or 210, was the mid-range, Chevrolet model from 1953 to 1957.

It took its name from shortening the production series number, 2100, by one digit in order to capitalize on the 1950s trend of using numerical auto names. The 210 was discontinued after the 1957 model year and was replaced by the Biscayne.

The 210 was actually the best-selling Chevrolet model from 1953 to 1954 and offered a balance of style and luxury that was more affordable than other Chevy models.

Today, the Bel Air series of Chevrolets from 1953 to 1957 are the most desirable models for collectors. However, 1953 Chevrolet convertibles are very rare.

We were recently sent a picture of a 1955 Chevrolet 210 that was given a second life thanks to a 355 BluePrint Engine.

Mike’s wife, Denise, received this car on her 15th birthday from her father and the couple kept it all of these years. Mike wrote that it took two and a half years to completely restore the 1955. He and his best friend did all of the work themselves except for the upholstery. Mike and Denise plan on buying another BluePrint Engine for their 1965 Chevelle SS – and we can’t wait to see more pictures!

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