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12/08/2014 at #4750
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!12/29/2014 at #5036
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.12/29/2014 at #503712/29/2014 at #5038
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.12/29/2014 at #5039
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.12/29/2014 at #504012/29/2014 at #504112/29/2014 at #504212/29/2014 at #504302/03/2015 at #515602/03/2015 at #515702/08/2015 at #5172Frank SzymkowskiParticipant
love the big block in it…03/02/2015 at #535303/02/2015 at #535403/03/2015 at #5356Mike ClarkeMember
Cheese and rice! That was one ugly interior!!
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