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Projects 1954 Chevrolet Four-Door

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by jjsound, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. jjsound
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    Realized this evening that I never started a thread for my '54 project. It's a couple years in the works already and progress has been slow...

    16299183_10155045712349292_4518039084014000670_n.jpg As purchased three-ish years back. Not drivable and full of rot.
    16473922_10155045712344292_2710934420469774091_n.jpg Body and suspension work.
    16388291_10155045702859292_5431199184986414691_n.jpg Roof painted.
    16427489_10155045712334292_213287047305510301_n.jpg Rebuilt '54 235 from a previous vehicle.
    16508139_10155045712339292_3339904819940245098_n.jpg 235 Painted.
    16463340_10155045694514292_5207499045156275261_o.jpg Firewall and frame paint. Previous engine removal.
    16835754_10155129273874292_3722291819007762686_o.jpg Firewall painted.
    20933907_10155723279059292_8087681204559821220_o.jpg Frame painted. New engine in, finally.
     
  2. straykatkustoms
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    Keep us posted with your progress. You will have a kool ride when you are finished.
     
  3. jjsound
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    Well, I’ve sold just about everything I own except this ‘54. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

    I’ve been making steady progress and the car may actually come to life tonight!

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    Good shot of the roof. Needs wet sand.

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    Suspension fully exhausted. Rides almost stock height.

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    Freshly built 235 with Corvette cam. Aiming to break-in today.

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    Hood halves welded with no warping and only one small section with “oil-can” effect. I think it’ll work nicely.




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  5. jjsound
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    Somewhere in that haze is a freshly cleared Chevrolet.


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  6. brokedownbiker
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    Kool project! That's a bold color choice, is it going to stay all one color or are you going to break it up some?
     
  7. jjsound
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    I have left it completely up to the painter. I don’t know what the finished product will be.


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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  9. I think the paint choice is killer, I like bold colors done tastefully. Nice work.


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    All credit to Oshkosh Rob.


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  11. brokedownbiker
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    Yep, it looks great, the paint on the roof and the off-white/cream color on the pillars make it work! I would still add either some tasteful pin-striping or scallops in the same color as the top but that's just me. Of course if my car looked that good, I'd happily drive the wheels off of it just the way it sits, lol!
     
  12. jjsound
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    First thing I’m going to do is get all the proper shiny parts back on. From there I’ll consider what to do moving forward.


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  13. Looks great.
     
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  14. quick85
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    For the most part I have little use for four doors. Tri-fives don't cut it as four
    door street machines. Sorry to those guys that feel I'm wrong but I was brought
    up in a time when multi-doors didn't cut it. I feel completely different when it
    comes to '53-'54 Chevys. I don't know why but they just seem natural as modified
    cars. Yours is coming along great. I'd just like to see it a couple of inches higher.
    Good luck with the project.
     
  15. jjsound
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    It’s bagged, I’ll a shot of it inflated for ya ;)


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  16. footbrake
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    Rims with that cream color would be a knockout
     
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  17. jjsound
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    Well, she followed me home Sunday. After this ridiculous weather passes I'll check on her and hopefully not have to replace any freeze plugs. Looking forward to getting this machine in to my garage and being road-ready for Vintage Torquefest, May 4.

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  18. Damn, that's nice! I'll be glad to get to the point of doing the cosmetics on my 4 door Olds, got to get it dependable first.
     
  19. triumph 1
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    I’ve never been big on 4doors but; I really like you car. I think the color looks great & clearly the paint job came out amazing!


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  20. jjsound
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    It’s really coming along nicely. I can’t wait.


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  21. jjsound
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    I’ve never been picky. Two-doors obviously have certain appeal but they’re all fun. I was happy once I saw the paint in the sun. Really diggin’ it.


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  22. postman99
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    Any interior shots , or have I missed something?
     
  23. jjsound
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    Nothing worth seeing at this point. Still naked.
     
  24. jjsound
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    I'm looking for insight on removing the Powerglide on my '54 sedan for a rebuild without having to pull engine as well. Car is freshly painted and don't want to risk damage. Basically, I'm wondering if the transmission, angled forward, will clear both the back of the 235 and the rear cross-member simultaneously.

    Edit: According to Grandpa's 1954 Motor's Manual it's a simple process. Looking at the cross-member placement I wasn't so sure.

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    Last edited: Mar 28, 2019

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