View Full Version : trying to find a book of correct finishes for my 55 Chevy belair convertible

01-19-2021, 05:19 PM
hello all I'm in the process of trying to correct many years of mix matched finishes and colors for my 1955 Chevy belair convertible. Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks Lou

01-19-2021, 07:51 PM
Assuming your interest is primarily in the engine compartment, attached is a very nicely restored engine compartment (with lots of options). If you want to know about specific component paint, just ask.

For an 'overall' everything book, Harold Louisiana's 'How to Restore your '57 Chevrolet' is a very good overall summary. very little differences between '55 and '57 paints...


01-19-2021, 08:25 PM
Actually there's a Harold Louisiana book for a 55 restoration too. "How to Restore Your Golden 55 Chevy". What I don't know is if you can still buy it or where.

01-19-2021, 08:42 PM
you may be able to find the '55 book 'used' via Amazon...looking...

Actually they have a new one, but it's expensive.. their last one..

https://www.amazon.com/How-Restore-Your-Golden-Chevy/dp/B001GKLWWI/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Harold+Louisiana+book+%27How+to+restore+y our...%27&qid=1611114203&sr=8-1

01-20-2021, 10:18 AM
yes it is just ordered it thanks

01-20-2021, 10:22 AM
very nice and good info thanks gary

01-31-2021, 10:03 AM
thanks I did buy it, disappointing all pictures were all black grainy, no distinction on color differences, very few references on color finish, and yes it was expensive. hey it was worth a shot...

02-01-2021, 06:45 AM
Here is the book to get. https://www.classicchevy.com/chevy-manual-restoration-judging-guidelines-1955-1957-57-131932-1.html


This manual fully explains the 1000 point CCI judging system along with sample judging sheets, class breakdowns and explanations. Includes all frame, suspension, mechanical, body and option components. Also included are full details on what the original color and finish was on all parts of a classic. A must for anyone building a restored car or those that plan on showing at a CCI event. 220+ pages, 10-1/2 x 11 looseleaf bound.

1955-57 Restoration & Judging Guidelines Manual
$32.99 Each

02-02-2021, 09:48 AM
you read my mind I just got it in the mail... thanks

02-03-2021, 06:39 AM
Roadster, Is the Classic Chevy manual closer to what you were looking for? If you have any specific questions, just ask them here... :)


02-03-2021, 09:21 AM
Gary thanks for the offer you guys are great, hardware is a resto issue with me its just me I like correct hardware correct head markings etc. looking at your car screams correct I think that's great.