Chevy Trends: Would You Try This With Your Tri?!?

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Chevy Tri-Five mods: Are they blasphemous, or totally badass?

Revolutionary in their day, Chevrolet models–like the Bel Air, 150, 210 and Nomad–from the years 1955 through 1957 spawned a cult following and remain the most popular for collectors. Referred to as Tri-Fives, all feature a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. Some owners lovingly restore them and keep them in pristine condition. Other owners cut ’em up to create custom cars that you will consider either blasphemous or badass. Jeffrey Bates from Chesnee, South Carolina, falls into the first category. Over the years, he has collected over 150 pics of these chopped-up Chevys as a hopeful deterrent to other Tri-Five owners.

Featured on Hot Rod Network, where it is interestingly titled “Disturbing Tri-Five Chevy Chainsaw Massacre Gallery,” Bates’ photo collection includes tricked-out Tris that have been raised, lowered, shortened, and in one somewhat alarming case, extended into an eight-seater! Another was turned into a pickup. Some have been remade into race cars while others have been painted a smorgasbord of colors never before seen. Roofs have been ripped off, fenders have gone missing, and windows have been blackened. About everything you can imagine doing to a car has been done to these. One has even been turned into a van, and there’s also a stretch limousine! Check out all 100-plus shots in Hot Rod Network‘s gallery. You are sure to become either ecstatic or erratic by these Chevys and what they have become in their new guise.


Dan Gregory is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums and Ford F-150 Online.

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