1955 Chevrolet 210 | This All American Classic is the Perfect Mild Custom
Mild customs have long been a staple in the automotive hobby. They might look simple, but it’s truly a challenge to come away with the perfect look with minimal modifications. Brent Lovern owns this 1955 Chevy 210 Delray. He knew that the car had plenty of style in original form, and he wanted to accentuate those lines with a slightly lowered stance and then hide some modern conveniences from plain sight.
Brent achieved a tasteful, mild custom appearance by lowering the car’s ride height ever so slightly. It certainly isn’t slammed, but just low enough to get the right look. He didn’t install a high-tech suspension to dial in the stance—just some lowering coil springs and lowering leaf springs brought the car’s altitude to his liking. While he had the front suspension apart, he converted the front brakes to discs, and then upgraded to a dual reservoir master cylinder with power brakes.
He kept the old school theme by painting the O.E. Tri-Five 15x5 inch wheels to match the body color and snapping a set of original-style center caps into place. The BF Goodrich Silvertown tires are sized at 205/75R15, offering a smooth ride with the vintage look of a wide whitewall.
Under the hood is a beautifully equipped 350ci small block Chevy. The internals are mostly stock, but rebuilt by Adkins Engine Rebuilders in Bogart, Georgia. It features a mild camshaft profile, and the conservative small block is topped off with an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold and Edelbrock 600cfm four-barrel carburetor. The stock rear end rides under the car, sporting a set of 3.08:1 gears for great highway manners, in combination with the TH400 automatic transmission, which was rebuilt by Complete Transmission in Bogart, Georgia.
The body had rust in the typical areas, which required the replacement of the floor pan and trunk pan, as well as the rocker panels, and lower portion of the quarter panels. Sections of the windshield and back glass channels were also replaced due to rust. Then, it was a matter of repairing the normal dents and dings in the original sheet metal. Brent and his father Stiles handled the metal work and body work before sending it off to Greg Hammonds for paint. Greg laid down the PPG Deltron base coat/clear coat materials in the timeless combination of Harvest Gold with an India Ivory roof. In addition to the stock 210 trim, Brent added rocker panel trim and gravel guards on the front fenders, as well as stainless steel vent shades over the door and quarter windows.