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Hot Rods BARN FIND: 1957 Chevy D/Gas. Sitting since 1974. Max Wedge powered.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fast67VelleN2O, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. historynw
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 806


  2. storm king
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,991

    storm king

    Well, its got the four bolt valve covers, so it is likely a early '60 wedge, max or street, as opposed to a later 440. Cool. Very cool.
    That at least makes the skin somewhat tolerable.
    But '57 chevies are still about the most butt ugly car since, well, '55 or '56 Chevies...

    Great find!
  3. Gene Boul
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 807

    Gene Boul

    Very very cool. Don't believe I ever ran across a Mopar powered 57. Seems kinda odd with the availability of mid sized Mopars, darts, cuda's etc. Very nice though...
  4. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,282


    Awesome, in the true sense of the word.

    Gotta ask, what happened to the Olds?
  5. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,846


    Gasser huh? Got a straight axle up front? :D
    Interesting car.....I looked at 55 Chevy for sale in the late 60's that had a high block 383 in it.....
  6. rascal55
    Joined: Aug 24, 2009
    Posts: 154


    Just when you think there can't be any more,
    ya find one !!!!
    Congrats , please run it like it was / is !!!!!
  7. Randy in Oklahoma
    Joined: Sep 18, 2008
    Posts: 301

    Randy in Oklahoma
    from Oklahoma

    Seeing gassers running the local tracks "back in the day" I would bet 99% of them never ran a straight axle.

    If your car couldnt fit into stock/super stock the next move was into a gasser class. What class you fell into was decided by the ratio of car weight divided by claimed cubic inches in the engine. I also seem to remember that the gas classes also allowed other mods such as engine setback, swapping rear end housings, some fiberglass here and there, lexan windows, etc.
  8. smitty city
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 108

    smitty city

    cool beans. great find.
    if you would like to save the lettering design just as it is, here's what you do.
    overlay the lettering with white paper, like from a roll, tape in place and mark position points like door seams, creases etc. then rub over the paper with mineral spirits, this makes the paper transparent, now trace over lettering and shades with a pencil then lay someplace to dry. when dry roll up, when ready for the lettering give to the signpainter to make pounce patterns from, the lettering will be just like original.
  9. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,999


    Bingo! works for me. Nuthin cooler that a 57 Chevy with that hunk o MoPar drive train. Insane cool!!sololobo~
  10. Too cool for school!
  11. jangleguy
    Joined: Dec 26, 2004
    Posts: 2,668


  12. edisonfire
    Joined: Jul 27, 2012
    Posts: 69


    that thing is wicked
  13. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    when is the day for you? when okie city had the nationals there was no super stock--gas classes were mostly coupes with a few tri fives as i remember a/g was won by that beautiful 3window deuce out of pittsburgh kansas "the invincible olds" with 2hole enderlies on a 471--all those coupes were axle cars except that del blades olds coupe out of wichita---super stock and the gas classes exploded after that---tulsa rules--okie city not so much
  14. MoparJoel
    Joined: May 21, 2012
    Posts: 860


    :confused: Wow! I would go as far as saying they're ugly, I am in no way a Chebbie fan, but a 57 chevy has to be the best looking thing GM has ever rolled out with that and probabily a 1st Gen vette. If i was to branch out and get something non-mopar it would be a 57 Chevy/vette or a T-bird
  15. Fast67VelleN2O
    Joined: Mar 6, 2007
    Posts: 494


  16. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    a 57 chevy with a 283 runs d/gas----what does that thing weigh ?
  17. Fast67VelleN2O
    Joined: Mar 6, 2007
    Posts: 494


    Putting it on the scale has not been a priority....
  18. Dont change a thing on that car! Wash it off, get her tuned and enjoy! What I wouldnt give to find something like this!
  19. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    426 x 11.0 = 4,686 to run d/gas like it says on the window....
  20. Fast67VelleN2O
    Joined: Mar 6, 2007
    Posts: 494


    and? I don't see what you're getting at here. It may have been local Numidia track rules that put him into a D/Gas class. Check the vintage timeslip out in the photobucket link. I guess vintage 1972 Numidia track officials were in on the conspiracy.
  21. vintagespeed
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 88


    My wife and i are very happy to be the new caretakers of this car. I am glad to have had one of my best friends Fast67(Matt)with me on this adventure .
    Its was great to meet and get the cars complete history from 1967 to just a few days ago from the Man who built, raced and enjoyed it .

    I am happy to call Ed (car's builder) my newest friend, I had a lot of fun spending time hearing the stories about the car and going through old scrapbook pics of the car from back when it was raced.

    Like I said we are only the caretakers of this car, it is going to remain in as-raced, as-found condition other than a light mechanical restoration for safety reasons.. brake hoses, fuel lines etc. All that being said I can't wait to take it out, put it up to that 5k converter and launch it.

    Glad to read all the positive feedback, nice to see other people sharing our enthusiasm for the car. Will update with progress as I go.
  22. ZAPPER68
    Joined: Jun 13, 2010
    Posts: 198

    from BC

    Back in the day we put a 392 Hemi in a '57 Chev Sedan Delivery...what the hell were we thinking....
  23. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    so cool to see a real race car back in the day people didn,t care that if it was a chevy body it had to have a chevy motor ford or mopar for that matter enjoy you time with it and run the shit out of it
  24. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,051


    Very cool find!
  25. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    It's sounds like a really cool old race
    car and I'm honestly not trying to
    piss in your cornflakes, but if it's got
    a tunnel ram on it, it's most likely a
    standard 413 or 426, rather than an
    actual "Max Wedge". (still nothing
    at all shabby or slow about even a
    regular 413 or 426W, particularly
    if it's been built.) The intake ports
    in the Max Wedge heads were
    substantially bigger and particularly,
    about a 1/4 inch or so taller than the
    ports in the standard 413/426W heads
    and the only intake made for these
    heads was the factory cross-ram
    or the NASCAR single 4bbl piece.
    Because the Max Wedge was a very
    limited production, factory race engine
    and the two available factory intakes
    more than adequately served their
    intended purpose, the aftermarket
    never bothered to tool up any manifolds
    of their own for them 'Back in the day
    though, a few enterprising racers did
    adapt tunnel rams and other intakes to
    fit the Max Wedge port configuration by
    building up the top flange portion of the
    manifold around the intake ports with
    tig welding, to raise the roof of the ports
    in the manifold and and still have enough
    material to cover and seal the top of the
    Max Wedge ports - and then literally
    grinding and porting the hell out of the
    manifold ports to match up with ports
    in the head. Check the manifold flange
    around the intake ports to see if it looks
    like it's been raised and built up with
    weld.Another quick way to check for a
    gennie "Max Wedge" head is to look
    and see if there is an exhaust heat riser
    passage cast into the head, The Max Wedge
    heads didn't have the heat riser passage,
    while the standard heads did. Max Wedge
    or not, you've still got a neat car and a cool
    piece of vintage drag race history.
  26. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,454

    from Minnesota

  27. Fast67VelleN2O
    Joined: Mar 6, 2007
    Posts: 494


    I guarantee 100% its a max wedge. We aren't amateurs. It has max wedge heads as verified by the casting number (2402286) along with max wedge rockers. The block is also a max wedge. It hasn't been pulled apart yet but we did get a bunch of spare max wedge parts with the car as spares. The intake base is a modified RB piece to accept max wedge port sizes. Must I go on?
  28. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,161


    Very cool and unusual beast! The critics can meet up with Mr. Ben Dover up the road a ways!
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  29. TwinH
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 106

    from Finland

    Gongrats on a great find!

    Max wedge was is one of the greatest engines built by Chrysler. I would really like to hear that thing running..

    Please keep us posted.
  30. teddisnoke
    Joined: May 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,138

    from So Cal

    Congratulations to you and your family for taking on the tall task of bringing a piece of history back to life, for all to see! It means alot to the drag racing community to see these racing relics!!

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