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Hot Rods 55 chevy 2door body

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mysteryman, Jan 1, 2021.

  1. mysteryman
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 253

    from atlanta

    I've been off here for a while and need some help. I have acquired a 2 door 55 sitting on a 78 4x4 blazer frame. It has a good running 454/ 4 speed and the 4 wheel drive functions properly. I am wanting to sit it back down to earth. Should I go back with a 55 frame or is there other frames people are using(s-10, g-body etc.)without major modifications. Also picked up a set of Fenton RT 15x4.5 and 15x9 wheels w/tires.(anyone familiar with Fentons)
  2. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
    Posts: 1,178

    wheeltramp brian

    Get a tri5 frame and bolt it on,take the 454 and 400 and have fun
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  3. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,290

    51 mercules

    Tri 5 frame!
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  4. Get a tri 5 frame . They come up for sale here with some regularity and a clean stock one that rolls complete , sometimes with an inline 6 drivetrain are in the $1000-1500 mark( some guys get stupid with pricing and they sit around until the price drops lol )

    have the body mounts been modified at all ?
    Dropping it on another frame usually cause more issues then it solves .
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  5. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,490


    Definitely stock frame... As mentioned above..
    An find another body for the mud Bug
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  6. Any pics of the body?
  7. Best, easiest way is a stock frame. I bought one for 56, one piece style, for $250, 3 years ago. They are available.
  8. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,971

    from Oregon

    Can't use the TH400 if it's set up for a transfer case, but use the 454 and a Tri 5 frame. Trade the 4x4 TH400 for a 2WD 400, and go from there. Maybe even sell the 4x4 chassis to help buy a correct chassis.
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  9. Is it still titled 55 Chevy? Does it still have the VIN on the A pillar? Guys who build those kind of rides dont always care about title/ car matching. Dont sink a bunch of money in until your sure you can unscrew that too if need be.
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  10. You can find tri five chassis reasonable and that would be the easy way to go.

    I got an idea that a person could build a tube chassis if they were handy. I saw some vette spindles cheap enough the other day so you could get a crossmember and suspension from an early '50s chevy, use the vette spindles and build yourself a real hot rod suspension for it. If you really wanted to stretch your building expertise.

    Never the less a tri five chassis would be easiest
  11. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,386

    anthony myrick

    This guy in Fayetteville Tn has around 100 of em
    s10 would look goofy with a narrow track width.
    Get a tri 5 chassis
    Post pics of its transformation
    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 989


    The 57 frame is a little different in the area of the front frame rails, but it is still a bolt on project.
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  13. Agree, get a tri five chassis. Use the 454 if you want. Sell the Blazer chassis with trans and transfer case. Or with the 454 if you don't want it. Sell it when you can show it all working. Then remove body and you're on the way.

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  14. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,253


    Correct, frame horns are different on a '57 so you'll want to avoid that. '55 Chevy car frames aren't that hard to find, and one from a 4 door will be the same, they all have the same wheelbase, so no worries there either.

    You can probably sell the 4x4 Blazer chassis to a mud truck builder for what it'll cost to buy a decent '55 car rolling chassis and then you'll be all set. That's really the only good choice though.
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