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    My '55 Belair 2 Door Hardtop Build (sort of

    Hey All Don't get too excited yet I'm just setting up and starting a build thread to fill in as I go. I'm just in the planning and ordering of parts stage. This build will take A LONG TIME as I don't have a ton of money. I also have to reconfigure my garage as my oldest son takes up a lot of space with his Outlaw Sprint Kart.


    The story of my '55 is that my father bought the car for me in '72 when I was 10 years old. He told me I could have it when I turned 16 and paid for one year of insurance. He also told me as well as my sister and two step brothers that he would buy our first tank of gas and put on a set of mag wheels and tires (what a dad)! I turned 16 paid for insurance and was off to the auto parts store for the first aftermarket parts for it, I put a 10" Cal Custom steering three spoke steering wheel on it. I soon learned the meaning of leverage!!!


    Before I went to Arizona for design school my dad and I painted it '67 Corvette Rally Red, it was sharp. While in Phoenix I rear ended an old lady turning into a parking lot and a drunk at a bar backed down the drivers side from just behind the door to the rear bumper so I need to replace the lower quarter.


    Anyway I've had it since, it moved from California to Central Oregon to Western Montana back to California then to Phoenix Arizona for school and back to California where I've settled with my family. I've promised the '55 to my oldest son Troy Jr., He can't wait. I wanted to paint it the original colors, Neptune Green and Shoreline Beige but he's color blind to green so it's Grabber Blue and Beige or White.


    I've been ordering parts for the build here's a list so far.


    Radiator - two row 1 1/4" tube aluminum

    Fan Shroud - Steel

    Front Disk Brakes - with 2 1/2" drop spindles

    Power Brake Booster, master cylinder, proportioning valve.

    2 inch Lowering blocks for the rear axle.

    Stewart Warner retro green stripe gauges.

    Corvette rally wheels 16" x 8"

    Steering wheel and adapter kit.

    Complete wiring harness.

    Complete new Moog suspension rebuild components

    Urethane body mount kit.

    I've figured out what Ciadella interior kit I'm going to order.

    The engine was recently rebuilt and detailed.

    New stereo - AM/FM CD with aux and bluetooth

    Stainless Mufflers (I will replace whole system with stainless)


    When Dad bought it for me 1972

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    Me at 16 detailing engine compartment

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    Fresh out of paint
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    good read, cool build. looks like a family heirloom in the making.
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    drive and enjoy them while you work on them, life is to short.

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    Here's a few pics of my rebuilt 350. I was laying on the couch one day and my son Troy Jr. came in and threw a gasket set at me and said lets get that piece on S@$T running get off your a$$. So we tore it down rebuilt what needed rebuilt and put it in and took it to it's first car show!!!






    My new wheels!!


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    lets get that piece on S@$T running get off your a$$.
    Now THAT'S motivation!

    Glad to see you got it running again. Keep at it Troy...life is short.

    Have fun.
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    Nice to have a member post his Build here on the site ,

    Looks like fun


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    Well... I've almost finished swapping my garage around so things should start (slowly) in the next 2-3 weeks. I did do the first bit of work on my Chevy, I removed the trailer hitch my pops made for it in the early '70's.

    Here's the hitch


    I found these while cleaning, I got them in the early '70's, my grama was the local Avon lady in Brownsburg Indiana. Also they are the same color as my '55 originally was??
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    I love the original color (green and beige)... Are you going with that scheme? or a custom color?

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    I have one of those avon bottles that my grandmother gave me when they came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNomad View Post
    I love the original color (green and beige)... Are you going with that scheme? or a custom color?
    Bama, I wanted to stick w/ original colors but spaying metallic paint scares me, also my oldest son who will inherit it is color blind to green I'm leaning toward Grabber Blue & White my second choice is Hugger Orange & White. We'll see how it goes.

    ps sorry I couldn't flip the pictures for some reason.

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    The metallics in the '55 colors were very fine metallics... which I don't think would cause you much problem at all, and if you are afraid of spraying metallics in a single stage, then try it with two stage (base / clear), which everyone says is best for metallics. If you don't want to spray it the original green, there are *other* great non-metallic colors available in the '55 chevy pallette...

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