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anybody ever run a 57 chevy with a 55 clip

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by peter schmidt, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. peter schmidt
    Joined: Aug 26, 2007
    Posts: 657

    peter schmidt
    from maryland

    Im looking at a ruff 57 2 door post car and want to make it more of a strip car/ weekend cruiser I like the looks off the 55car clips better and was wondering how they would fit the 5
    7 I want a tilt front glass clip. Is this doable? Think it will look ok? And anyone know a place that sells cheap fiberglass clips? Let me know if this is a stupid idea
  2. I think it would not look very good... plus, I think where the hood fits the cowl is different.

    Besides... they make fiberglass 1 piece front ends... leave the bumper off and it'll look bad ass!

  3. Stick Shift
    Joined: Oct 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,558

    Stick Shift
    from LENA IL

    I think someone built a model car like that. Odd. Why ruin a 55 front end?
  4. choppwatchagot
    Joined: Apr 18, 2010
    Posts: 166


    i love this idea! Iv always liked the 55 clips better my self but i like the 57 ass so it just makes since! I say go for it

  5. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,998


    When I was q kid (just last week) I drew a picture of a '57 body with a '55 front clip. In my mind I took the best of the two years and combined them. Then I sat back and looked at my abomination.

    It was suddenly clear to me why it wasn't done this way to begin with. There is no "flow" between the years. The designer(s) understood symmetry and the square lines of the '55 don't work with the curvaceous lines of the '57.

    If I must, I'll scan and post the drawing.
  6. choppwatchagot
    Joined: Apr 18, 2010
    Posts: 166


    What if you just grafted the 55 grill shell and lights on a 57 front

    Possibly ?????
  7. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    5and 6 will interchange directly, 57 has a completely different cowl, and would require some fab to make it work.
  8. Dreamweaver
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 1,017


  9. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,477


    Not just the cowl area but also the rockers are different on a '55. It could be done but it's not a bolt-on swap or anything, it would require a fair amount of work.
  10. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,791

    from Indy

    I wouldn't do it, doesn't seem fair to the 55 or to the 57
  11. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,152


    Yes, its like genetic engineering. It is wrong.
  12. <<<<< Of couse it'll look GREAT. Here's the formula 55+57=112/2=56 :D.
  13. A regular "Johnny Cash" build, its a 55,57....
  14. caseyscustoms
    Joined: May 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,031

    from st.joe, MO

    the title of this thread should be...

    anybody ever RUIN a 57 chevy with a 55 clip?
  15. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,195


    There's always the photoshop thread......
    Or buy 2 model kits and get your fix that way.
  16. Chevy Gasser
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 695

    Chevy Gasser

    There is at least one custom called the 5-6-7. The front end is a 55 Chevy, the mid trim and interior is a '56 and it has a '57 rear end. It is so slick it looks factory made.
  17. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
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  18. edweird
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,188


    use the 56 2 dr hardtop chrome on the sides and name it tri-5
  19. roughneck424
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,084


    I would say that's not the one he is talking about. I too believe I know the one and went looking for a picture on another site. Can't find it right now.
  20. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    no it is a real car not a corvette, 55 clip 56 body and trim 57 fins... will try to find a pic
    neat, but I wouldn't own it
  21. DamnYankeesKustoms
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 297


  22. It's a little known fact... but the engineers designed the grille treatments for the 55, 56 and 57 Chevies all at the same time.

  23. I don't know why people are so down on this. You'd have to change the cowl to make it work, but as long as there was no side trim, or it all came off one car, I don't know why it wouldn't work visually. Unless you plan on wrapping it around a telephone pole, you can't see the back from the front and vice versa anyways...

    Oh, wait, I forgot where I was for a second there. This is the HAMB, where something like 9 out of 10 guys hate traditional full on customs of the late 50s and 60s.

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