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    Greetings to Tri Five Fanatics

    Mornin'
    I am a retired middle school teacher turning 70 this month. Currently restoring 57 Bel Air 4 door. I know. "Four doors aren't worth anything" but this is a totally original car. 283 power pack, Lunati cam, correct for period carb, ram horns, PS. 2 years at the shop and FINALLY painted. The guy I'm working with is a rat rod nut, and I've had trouble motivating him. He went through 3 bodymen and finally found a perfectionist old school guy. Beyond meticulous work, to the point of OCD but the paint is show quality, really. Over 5 grand in motor and trans (OEM Powerglide). Will be ready at end of week for drive train install. Plan on running chrome smoothies with narrow whites. A high school dream coming true. Will post pics when front clip is installed. Good Day to all. hevychevy

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    hi HC and welcome. good to have you here. you can only look out one window at a time. us retired oldfarts need 4drs just to be easier to get in and out of.
    ARMY NAM VET, very proud!

    56 210 4dr

    drive and enjoy them while you work on them, life is to short.

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    WElcome HevyChevy! There's nothing wrong with a 4-door! In fact, there are several advantages to them over 2 dr cars as I've itemized several times.. (Have you ever tried to get into the back seat of a 2 dr? ) Is your car a BelAir or 210 or ?? We'd love to hear more description, color (did you paint it as original?), etc...

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    Welcome to trifivechevys. Post some pics of your 4 door when you get them.
    1957 Nomad- LS1/T56 on C4 chassis- [URL=http://s78.photobucket.com/user/pcardey/library/57%20Chevy%20Nomad%20wagon[/URL]

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    Welcome to the site

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    Welcome aboard, hevychevy! Your '57 sounds beautiful. Glad to have you here and look forward to hearing more about your build. I am way behind you as far as restoration of my own '57 4dr sedan, but then we must all proceed at our own pace.

    Happy Motoring,

    Harry

    P.S. >>> Don't sweat the '2dr snobs' you may encounter at various places from time to time. A '57 Chevy is a '57 Chevy no matter how many doors it has. Anyone who thinks differently has a right to their opinion, of course. But just keep in mind that its only their opinion, smile graciously and keep on keepin' on.
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    My Bel air

    My 57 is a Bel Air. Original color was Sea Mist Green (?) w/ yellow top. A very rare color combo and too bland for me. I picked black, white top two tone for the resto. Both the paints are original GM paint codes. Don't know if this will lessen the value, as this is a numbers car, but couldn't do the Green/Yellow colors. Those colors may very well have been chosen as it was owned in Packer country (Green and Gold). Packer fans are fanatical about expressing their loyalty.
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    Welcome to the site hevychevy ,

    I like 4 doors , they are all cool .
    Nice introduction , cant wait to see the pictures .

    Thanks Sid

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    I understand. My car is original and numbers matching as well and any mechanical upgrades I make will need to be bolt-ons that are reversible. My car has been repainted once but is still its original white over tropical turquoise colour. One of these days if I can reach that point (ready to paint), I'll have to decide whether to keep her that colour or change to another.

    She will be a driver. Not a show car. So its simply a matter of personal choice as to what colour I paint her when the time comes.

    Best regards,

    Harry
    Last edited by enigma57; 08-10-2018 at 03:06 AM.
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