1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx

When it comes to starting a project from a blank canvas it doesn’t get more blank than Eric’s 1957 Chevrolet Suburban. When Eric found the Suburban it was just a shell. It didn’t have an engine, transmission, glass, or even a chassis.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

The first thing he did was have a friend build a custom chassis out of heat formed box tubing. On top of that good foundation he installed an air suspension and disc brakes on all four corners.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

For power Eric decided to use a 5.3 L LM7 V8. These iron-block truck V8s are plentiful and have huge upside. To gain some of that potential the engine was upgraded with some ported and polished heads, big chamshaft and finished with a Magnacharger supercharger.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

Backing up the boosted V8 is a 4L60E automatic transmission and Ford 9″ rear end with a Detroit Locker and 3.55 gears.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

Some custom floorboards were fabricated which allows the Suburban to sit very low and get the most out of the air suspension.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

Eric has owned the Suburban for 10+ years and drives it often. Considering how much enjoyment the project has provided, I think he will own it at least another 10 years.

1957 Chevy Suburban with a Supercharged LSx V8

3 Comments

  1. JimmyinTEXAS

    Normally I am one for leaving a project in patina/primer, but I love these bodies so much here I would be a proponent of a nice driver paint job.. It would be hard to pick a color that hasn’t been overdone, but when you found it it would be something…. drool….

    • Eric

      ultimately it will be finished to look completely stock. stock ’57 paint colors, trim, and I even plan on using stock truck hubcaps. But the paint and body work will be the largest investment in this thing so i need to figure out how to grow money, plus i don’t want to give it up to the full on resto rabbit hole that will occur when i give it up to the paint guy.

  2. Kevin lowe

    Hey pal, I have 1957 Chevy burb,I also want one piece glass on the side windows,where did you get the weatherstripping for the side glass,thanks kc

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