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  • #4750
    V8 Staff
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    This is a cool old-school big-block 1957 Chevy Bel-Air that has seen a lot of use, and it came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for some freshening up. Follow along as we turn this barn-dweller back into a street cruiser!

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    #5036
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    This 1957 Chevrolet had been in it’s owners family for many many years. They contacted us about performing a partial restoration, with the goal of making the car solid and safe to drive but without an extensive total restoration. This meant that they did not want an exterior repaint if possible, as they plan to drive the car and enjoy it with family and not worry about scratching up a show-quality paint finish.

    When we picked up the car, it was literally stored in a barn.

    It was powered by a 396 V8 and a four-speed transmission was installed back in the day. However, the car had not run in many years and was needing mechanical repair. The brakes did not work and the wiring was deteriorated.

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    #5037
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    The owner was no longer interested in the 70s vintage button tufted floor interior, so we probably remove that along with the rodents who had taken up residence in the 57.

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    #5038
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    Once we removed the interior from the car, it was obvious that it was in need of some metal replacement in the floors. The seats did not have proper attachment points or tracks, and there were previous patches and Rusty holes in the floor.

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    #5039
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    It was determined that a complete floor replacement would be more cost-effective than installing a series of small patches.

    The crew removed the engine and transmission, the front sheet metal, and any mechanical linkage is tightening the body to the chassis.

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    #5040
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    The repairs began in the rear driver side wheel house, as the crew identified and removed rusty sections and fabricated new steel and welded it in.

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    #5041
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    Next, the crew built a series of cross braces and welded them into the interior to support the body structure while the main cabin floor was removed.

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    #5042
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    Then, the body was removed and mounted on a fixture.

    Once it was properly braced and fixtured, the crew removed the rusty main cabin floor.

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    #5043
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    A new full-floor was ordered from CARS, Inc., and would replace the rusty original.

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    #5156
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    Before the new floor section could be installed, there were several other areas that required attention. First, the passenger toe board was repaired with some new steel.

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    #5157
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    The rocker panels were toast, so replacements were needed to repair the rust.

    The new rockers were obtained from CARS Inc. and installed in place of the rusty originals.

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    #5172
    Frank Szymkowski
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    love the big block in it…

    #5353
    V8 Staff
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    Once the rockers were in place, the crew worked the new floor into place and welded it up.

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    #5354
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    The body was lifted off the jig to gain access to the weld points.

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    #5356
    Mike Clarke
    Member

    Cheese and rice! That was one ugly interior!!

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