55 Chevy Resto-Mod

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by ScottA, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    After much frustration, my father picked up his nearly completed 55 Chevy today.
     

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  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    A few more pictures

    It's a beauty.
     

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  3. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Nice looking car.

    I would do the following things.
    1. Move battery to trunk
    2. Get rid of the stupid side pipes (I hate them things)
    3. Change out the modern stereo equipment for a made to order new old stereo.
    4. Paint the problem is you would have to change the interior as well. I HATE GREEN.

    Like I said that is me.
     
  4. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    My father is not a shooter, but considering all the trouble this restoration has had; if you made those suggestions to him, you would be shot. ;)
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Very cool. There's an awful lot of work, man hours and money in a car like that. :cool:
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I like it (no matter what Tango sez about the color).
     
  7. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    That is a beautiful 55' right there! Oh, I hate your dad now:D
     
  8. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I like it. Looks great. A real head turner.

    Here is my Uncle's '55.
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    I like the '55 a little more than the '57.:)
     
  9. cpttango30

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    Scott as long as he drives it to the show and doesn't trailer it. I am good to go.

    Also I thought you meant he had picked up the car that was done before he got it and not that he owned the car then had it fixed up.

    I do think putting AC in the sucker was a really smart move.....

    Still would get plenty of pictures taken by me at the car show.
     
  10. JonM

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    I love restored old cars. You can always tell who has a passion and not by how the car arrives at a show. Trailer no passion driven the person loves the ride.

    Thats a sweet car and im not into 50's cars!!
     
  11. Cadoll

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    55's are classic

    This year chevy holds a special place in my heart. It was my first car when in high school. My dad found one for me and it was a project restoration car that i drove daily. I paid 50.00 for it and when i got it home we found that it had three coats of paint on it and idont mean professionally done. I still remember using zip strip in the driveway on the thing to get it down to primer. Tore the engine out and overhauled it in auto mechanics class in high school. Alot of work, but a lifetime of memories. Tell your dad that i think it's a Beauty.
     
  12. robocop10mm

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    She's a beauty! Side pipes/cut outs are fine by me. The 55 Bel Aire is my favorite non-Vette Chevy and I'm a Ford guy.
     
  13. dunerunner

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    A very nice Bel Aire!! He has done a wonderful job restoring it.

    My sincere congratulations and thanks to him for keeping a piece of American history on the road, in presentation condition!!
     
  14. powg

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    55 chebby

    congrates on the resto .....im not a chevy guy ...mopar or no car .but any project is cool . one thing about the tri 5 's is that the street rod and pro street builds have been played .....the next revolution in bad ass is the retro gasser . high front end straight axle , old school ladder bars ,fender well headers ...im getting a chubby just thinking about it .
     
  15. spittinfire

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    Not a bad looking car. I would make a few changes but that's just my taste. If he's happy, keep on motoring.

    Can you share a little about the drive train?
     
  16. General_lee

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    That's a nice '55!

    I kinda like the modern touches on the interior, not enough to take away the classic look, but just enough to give it "everyday driver" type comfort.
     
  17. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    (drooling)... more beautiful then the Mona leasa
     
  18. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    A beauty. I would not change a thing.
    i have a 53. When can he get to it?
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  19. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    350 and a 3 speed out of a 70's Monte Carlo. I don't know the gear details off the top of my head. Completely rebuilt and tricked out. I haven't had the chance to drive it yet as it had a over-heating problem and went immediately into a garage in hometown. Also has a front suspension issue that needs to be fixed. My father describes it as dangerous power and a sloppy front end... not a good combination.

    I'm just thankful it's finally out of the hands of the restoration shop. It was a real trial getting this thing done. The shop had done two previous cars (62 MGA, and a 69 Electra Convertible), but this project was just out of their league. It was endless and frustrating beyond compare.